The EU cyber security directive and what it will mean for your business

Since the EU cyber security directive was published in February 2013,  there has been a lot of talk on what this will mean for Europe. But what will it exactly mean for you and your business?

Here are the main notions which you can take away from the cyber security directive:

  • For the first time, you’ll be under legal obligation to ensure you have suitable IT security measures in place. This will mean a boost in the IT industry across the EU
  • The directive recognises that any online organisation (small or large) will have to be put under as much regulation as a telecommunications company
  • All of your networks and information systems will have to meet the minimum security standards
  • You will be paying for: setting up IT security processes, maintaining these processes and responding to and managing any new threats found.

If your organisation isn’t as flush as Facebook or Google, you may be thinking ‘How on earth am I going to pay for all this?’

If truth be told, it doesn’t have to be as scary or expensive as it sounds.

IT Governance, the European information security specialists, have a number of affordable solutions for SMEs looking to meet the EU requirements in a time frame and at a cost that is manageable.

ISO 27001 is the international cyber security standard for an Information Security Management System (ISMS) and is recognised worldwide. It provides a set of requirements that will align your business to the world’s best-kept ISMS.

Get introduced to ISO 27001:

  1. Download a copy of the ISO 27001 standard
  2. Do some reading on the internet around information security, cyber security and ISO 27001 so you have a good grounding in the subject
  3. Read ‘Nine Steps to Success: An ISO 27001 Implementation Overview’ – this is one of IT Governance’s bestsellers with handy hints and tips guiding you throughout the process
  4. Download the Standalone ISO 27001 ISMS Documentation Toolkit which provides you with pre-written policies and templates to speed up the implementation process.

Any problems, or you need extra help, contact IT Governance on 00 800 48 484 484 or email at

Source: Computer Weekly


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