Successful business’ often address the larger picture when making business decisions, such as working at a cost initially to make a profit later on, or by being active within the local community to generate long-term goodwill. Business information security should be treated no differently. Spending a bit of time now implementing an effective safeguarding program or feature can save a lot of time later on, as they work at identifying potential security breaches in their early stages, and eliminating them before they can severely effect business operations.
The international security standard, ISO 27001, explains how it is good business practice for management to develop an information security policy that all employees have access to, which describes the security ideals and objectives of the business, and what individual employees can do to help the business achieve its goals.
ISO 27001 outlines some issues to address in this policy
When developing this policy, business’ can use the frameworks outlined in the international security standard ISO 27001, which details how all effective information security policies have a number of shared elements:
- An overview of how the rules and procedures outlined in the policy stem from the larger values of the organisation’s senior management. The policy should be signed off by senior staff, in order to convey the message that the policy has been clearly thought out, and reflects the ethos of internal business ideals.
- An overview of where and when the policy applies, including provisions to how different sub-sections might only apply to certain departments within the organisation, what parts apply to all employees, and explanations as to how policies might differ, or stay the same, between an onsite or work from home environment.
- An overview of what the policy is aiming to achieve. In accordance with the standards outlined in ISO 27001, information security policies should strictly focus on maintaining the privacy, reliability and accessibility of business data.
- An overview of why the policy needs to be in place, such as a brief explanation of the potential information security threats the business faces, which is followed with a discussion of how this policy works at mitigating them.
Information Security Policies provide a clear framework from which to address issues
Implementing an information security policy, in accordance with the ISO 27001 standards, works at not only safeguarding your business data, but demonstrating to staff that you are taking a pro-active approach in regards to information security management through a demonstrably successful international standard.
If you believe that your business stands to benefit from applying a well-structured, logical information security model, then consider implementing ISO 27001. Anitech’s Information security system consultants can help you by discussing the specific needs of your business, how ISO 27001 can help it achieve its goals, and how it can be implemented in a timely manner, so if you are looking to take some steps towards improving the stability of your business operations, give them a call on 1300 802 163. It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.