What is an information security management system?
Information security Management is a package of procedures so as to manage how the data security measures that companies implement. There might be a range of smart security measures everyone should implement, such as malware security or patch management, but not all of your systems and applications are alike. So as to understand what you may want to do and what you absolutely have to do, you should consider using a managed and systematic approach to information security: an information security management system (ISMS).
What is the ISO27001 standard?
The ISO 27001Standard is one of standards. These standards cover different facets of information security management systems, e.g. risk management, auditing, governance, cyber security and so forth. The reason why the ISO 27001 is cited most frequently in conversation and is used as synonym for information security management systems is, that certificates are based on the ISO 27001, because it is the document containing the requirements instead of the implementation.
That is a huge Difference and a significant thing to understand, if you are considering establishing an information security management system in line with the standards. The requirements from the iso 27001 courses have to be addressed, if you would like to put on a certification. However, you do not have to execute all best practice steps detailed in the other criteria. Consider them guidance foremost and first. That does not mean that these documents will not be looked into by auditors to be able to assess the level of your activities. They may even ask you why you did not implement a specific measure. But they cannot let you know what the step based on your unique needs is.
What Do I want to know about when looking at certificates?
When you assess a Service provider, you therefore need to keep these questions in mind:
- Certifications are issued like installation of software, management of customer environments and so on. The certification is that you would like to buy.
- The assessment of potential measures is probably not based on your dangers, but instead on the servicers premise what they could be.
While of course there is a whole lot of money to be made with certificates and though there could be good reasons to acquire certification, certification is not necessarily the perfect thing to do for everyone. I suggest that everyone looks at the certificate as an investment. Consider the costs needed to be ready for the certification. Consider the additional cost you will need to acquire the certification. Consider the ongoing costs you want to uphold the certificate. Looking into global standards for safety management is still a fantastic idea, even if you do not want to get certified in the not too distant future.