With the recent surge in cyber attacks and an increased focus on data protection, it’s more important than ever to improve your organisation’s cyber security. According to a recent study by CyberSecurity Ventures, many companies have already begun to heed the call. It estimates that, by 2021, worldwide spending on cyber security products and services will surpass $1 trillion (about £790 billion).
However, while these products can be an integral part of an organisation’s defences, they simply won’t be as effective if the organisation doesn’t already have an information security management system (ISMS) in place.
An ISMS is a systematic approach to managing confidential or sensitive company information so that it remains secure. It encompasses people, processes and technologies – recognising that information security isn’t just about antivirus software, implementing the latest firewall, or locking down your laptops and web servers.
To help organisations establish a successful ISMS, IT Governance has produced a free green paper, Implementing an ISMS – The nine-step approach. The paper explains what an ISMS is in more detail, what makes them successful, and why you need to have one in place. It then gives you an overview of nine things you need to do in order to successfully implement and maintain an ISMS, covering:
- Important considerations for every step of the ISMS process
- The challenges you’ll face when creating your ISMS
- A tried-and-tested implementation approach that will save you time and money
The steps outlined in the green paper cover the full extent of the project, from initial discussions with managers through to testing the completed project and pursuing accredited certification.