Every day there are new reports being published with shocking statistics about cyber crime, but why is it that they keep getting worse? Surely organisations will be quickly realising that they need to improve their cyber security? Unfortunately, many organisations are moving too slow when it comes to implementing adequate cyber security defences, leaving themselves vulnerable to attack. It’s likely that this is due to the worry of cost and resource issues. But think twice, it actually costs more to be insecure than it does to be secure.
ISO 27001 and cyber security
Cyber security plays a vital role within information security as it covers most of the digital aspects, which in these days is how most information is stored.
ISO27001, the internationally recognised best practice standard for information security, forms the backbone of every intelligent cyber security risk management strategy. It provides guidelines on implementing an Information Security Management System, often referred to as ‘ISMS’.’ Implementing an ISO 27001 accredited ISMS will provide you with a long list of benefits, such as:
- Win new business
- Retain existing customers
- Avoid financial penalties (fines – e.g. ICO £500k, contractual)
- Prevent serious reputational + brand damage
- Protect client data (both ‘theirs’ and ‘ours on them’)
- Improve IT/security spend
- Improve employee (+ others) attitudes to security
- The list goes on….
I won’t focus too much on the benefits of ISO 27001, instead I’m going to focus on the one slight disadvantage of ISO 27001.
The documentation required to implement an ISO 27001 certified ISMS is incredibly extensive, making it a daunting task.
But don’t let that put you off, because there is an alternative to starting from scratch.
That alternative comes in the form of Documentation Toolkits created and published by IT Governance Publishing. These toolkits are now available from IT Governance.
For most organisations, cost and lack of knowledge can act as a barrier between you and ISO 27001. The ITGP documentation toolkits break down that barrier by giving you the foundations you need to implement your ISO 27001 ISMS.
These toolkits recently underwent some changes, adding some key functionality thus making them easier to use. To give you a better insight into what these toolkits look like, below are a few screenshots demonstrating some key functionality.
The new update includes a navigation pane, making it easier and faster to navigate between sections of the documentation. This pane allows you to see the structure of your documentation, allowing you to quickly open a specific section without the need of closing and opening separate documents.
Table of contents
By using the table of contents, you can get an overview of all the documentation in the toolkits. Furthermore, you can also directly click through to the individual documents.
User Input Page
One of the most exciting pieces of functionality in the new IT governance toolkits comes in the form of the user input page. This allows you to:
- Brand the toolkit with your company information
- Set the levels of document classification
- Update roles and responsibilities to meet those within your organization
If you’re interested in seeing more of the Toolkits functionality, you can watch the ITGP’s in-depth toolkit demonstration video. Take a look at the range of ITGP ISO 27001 toolkits available from IT Governance
Stop putting off cyber security and do something about it, today. Call us now on +44 (0) 845 070 1750 to discuss your options before it’s too late.