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Information Security Management

ISMS and ISO27001

An Information Security Management System (ISMS) provides a systematic approach to managing the risks relevant to your organization’s information assets. It ensures that you have the measures (controls) in place to mitigate risks to your assets so reducing the impact of external/internal threats and incidents.

 

Why should enterprises implement ISMS?

Implementing an ISMS within your organization is a strategic decision. An effective ISMS will address the key issues when implementing security controls, such as:

  • Determining what information is critical to the business operation (i.e. organizational intellectual property, payroll, client data and personnel information etc.).
  • Determining how to protect this business-critical information (i.e. how much security is enough, and how can I be sure when I have is enough?).
  • Determining how much the security measures will cost, is money wasted on over-protecting information, or was enough money spent to protect the information adequately.
  • Determining what protection was obtained for the cost, and what value has been added to the organization.
  • Ensuring that the security measures are adequate for the threats of today, tomorrow and into the future.
  • Assigning responsibility for managing and maintaining the information security measures within organization, and ensuring they have the right skills to do the job.

How does ISMS work and what is required?

ISMS provides the framework to ensure that you have the measures (controls) in place to appropriately mitigate risks to information assets within your business.

  • The ISMS operates around five key activities:
  • Risk Assessment – identifying information assets, their associated threats and vulnerabilities and the impact to your business if they are lost, damaged or stolen.
  • Mitigation strategy (Control Selection) and planning – selecting and implementing controls to reduce the identified risks to a level that can be tolerated by your business.
  • Develop and deploy –
  • Monitoring and Review, Testing and Validation – ensuring the deployed controls are effective.
  • Maintenance and Improvement – ensuring that all the controls continue to remain applicable and effective within your changing business environment.*

Key benefits of ISO27001

ISO27001 is an information security management systems and auditing standard. The objective of the standard is to help establish and maintain an effective information security management system with a commitment to continual improvement. Potential benefits of achieving an ISO27001 compliance include:

  • compliance with legal, regulatory and statutory requirements
  • increasing overall organizational and operational efficiency
  • minimizing internal and external risks to business continuity
  • Limiting security and privacy breaches
  • providing a process for information security and corporate governance
  • Increased stakeholder confidence due to the reputation of the standard

ISMS Development and implementation 
How iBridge can help your enterprise in building and implementing an effective ISMS? 
iBridge embraces a risk based, management systems approach to information security in line with ISO/IEC 27001:2013. We offer a road map of services to assist organizations in developing and implementing a relevant and sustainable ISMS. We assist you through several key activities such as audit, review, and mentoring your internal resources to ensure that the resulting system is practical in your environment. IBridge can assist in preparing an organization’s ISMS for certification and manage the certification process on behalf of the organization including ongoing maintenance.
These activities are based around the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) approach common in the most effective management systems.


ISMS Reviews and Audits 

ISMS audits are performed to ensure that the company continually operates under the specified policies, procedures, and external requirements in meeting company goals and objectives in relation to information security. The audit also aims to ensure that improvements to the ISMS are identified, implemented and suitable to achieve these objectives.

 

For more information, contact us at info@ibridgellc.com. We welcome all questions.