Information security is one of the most pressing issues facing organisations throughout Europe today. As technology improves, so does the risk to information. The best way to protect your information is through the implementation of best practice information security policies and procedures across your organisation.
What is information security?
Information security is the act of protecting information. Many organisations store information which is confidential or of high importance in electronic databases. This information can be anything from customers’ personal details to banking information and sensitive company data. The more important the data is, the higher the impact of its loss.
An Information Security Management System will protect this information. An ISMS contains policies and procedures that cover all legal, physical and technical controls involved.
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Information security in three main principles:
Information security is defined as the protection of data or information systems against unauthorised access, destruction, or disruption. Security professionals frequently refer to three main concepts:
- Confidentiality - The assurance that only authorised users can access the information.
- Integrity - The assurance that information cannot be modified without authorisation, and that any modification is detected and consistency is maintained.
- Availability - The guarantee that information is available and that communication channels are working correctly when needed.
A vital business requirement in Europe is the protection of confidential information from competitors and black hat hackers. In many cases, this requirement is an ethical and legal necessity. Improving Information security in your organisation can help avoid irreparable financial losses and reputational damage.
The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is the largest network of national standard bodies in the world, and ensures that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality.
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