Information Security Management Systems
Protect information and data, manage threats and gain customer confidence.
What is an information security management?
Information is the lifeblood of all organisations and it can exist in many forms: print, electronic, e-mail, video, film or the spoken word. In today’s competitive environment, such information is constantly under threat from many sources. With the advent of PCs, e-mails and the internet, organisations are exposed to new areas of risk; viruses, worms and Trojan horses have all been given completely new meanings. However, information security management may also need to address the more old-fashioned risks arising as a result of human error, staff security and even industrial espionage.
The way in which you gather, manage and use information can mean the difference between success and failure. Get it right and you’ll thrive. Get it wrong and the risks and penalties can organisationally fatal.
What is an information security management system?
ISO 27001 is a framework which allows organisations to identify and value information assets, assess threats and the associated vulnerability of the assets, identify existing controls, assess associated risk and develop controls, where required, or accept the risk.
Essentially, information security management is about ensuring the integrity, availability and confidentiality of your data.
A process which can be undertaken in isolation or in accordance with codes of practice and standards such as ISO 27001 which asks a company to.
- Identify and value all assets
- Assess threats and vulnerability
- Identify existing and planned controls
- Assess risk and develop new controls where required
- Develop and promote an information security policy
- Check and review
What are the benefits of an information security management system?
A robust, properly implemented and well-maintained information security management system will:
- Provide customers and stakeholders with the confidence that you manage information security risk
- Keep confidential information secure
- Allow for secure exchange of information
- Ensure you are meeting your legal obligations
- Provide you with a competitive advantage
- Build an information security culture
- Protect the company, assets, shareholders and directors