When it comes to business information security, there are three interrelated aspects that all play an important role in ensuring information is effectively safeguarded from potential threats: firstly, the business processes that ensure that important information is protected in an easy to use, effective system. Next, the technology steering these processes, and finally, the people employed at the business. This not only includes the employees who implemented these information security systems and who work to ensure that they run effectively and efficiently, but also every single person employed at the company, who uses these structures in their role as an employee.

As a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, an information security system is only effective if everyone who uses it receives adequate training on its intricacies, while understanding their own role in ensuring the safety of the business’ information security.

ISO 27001 Standards, the information security management system, addresses the interconnected roles the three pillars of business information security have in ensuring the security of business data. Specifically, the guidelines with ISO 27001 can help your organisation ensure that the inner workings of your business address the co-dependent relationship of these three aspects, such as designing security processes in which employees are trained and tasked with individual information security responsibilities, such as how to identify phishing scams, or devising a secure, yet easy to remember password that they can use to access company data.

ISO 27001 Standards further address what business’ can do to ensure that their employees are well-trained, understand the extent of the information security systems  that they are working with, and comprehend how they, like every other employee in the business, play a role in keeping confidential business data safeguarded, secure and shielded from potential threats.

An Effective Information Security System is as strong as its weakest link

Although technology is constantly evolving to deal with new information security threats, such as anti-virus software designed to intercept phishing emails, information hackers are often aware of technological safeguards and so design their software breaches to get around them, and because of this, there must always be a human element to information security. Training staff how to identify malware and to not open suspicious looking emails, brainstorming with employees about new strategies to circumvent information security breaches, installing visible signage around the office reminding employees to log off of email accounts after using them and reminding staff not to leave laptops or other important work files unattended are just some of the methods involved with the human element of information security, and go a long way towards keeping your organisation’s data secure.

Well-trained, happy employees lead to a happy, secure work environment

There is a world of difference between understanding something in theory and carrying out the steps required to implement it. While it seems self-evident that well-trained, happy employees establish the foundation for strong information security within an organisation, the actual steps required to ensure that employees are provided with clear, easy-to-follow instructions, that no potential security issues are overlooked and that the information security framework you are providing employees with meets certified standards, are less clear.

If your business would like some advice and guidance as to how the security system guidelines established within ISO 27001 can help your organisation install a clear, easy-to-follow system that outlines the responsibilities and duties of all employees in the business, then get in touch with Anitech’s security system consultants on 1300 802 163. All employees at your business stand to benefit from it.