Evolving technology introduces increased risk to organisations’ information security. The best method for mitigating these risks is to implement a best-practice ISMS (information security management system) comprising a series of security policies and procedures that apply throughout the organisation.
What is information security?
Information security is the safeguarding of your information assets –both digitally and in hard copy. The more confidential or important the information, the greater the impact of its loss, destruction, theft, etc., and the greater the need for it to be included in the scope of your ISMS.
Get an essential introduction to the principles of information security management and ISO 27001, the international standard that provides the specification for a best-practice ISMS, by reading the following: An Introduction to Information Security and ISO 27001(2013), Second Edition
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This green paper contains an overview of Information Security and ISO 27001, the information security standard, and is an ideal read for beginners.
Three core principles of information security
- Confidentiality – The assurance that only authorised users can access the information.
- Integrity – The assurance that information cannot be altered 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 and as required.
This means that, as a business requirement, organisations must protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of their data. Failure to do so will likely lead to both financial and reputational damage. Using the ISO range of products and services provides you with greater assurance that you are managing the risks appropriately.
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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