For many organisations, information is their most important asset, so protecting it is crucial.
Information security is “the practice of preventing unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, inspection, recording or destruction of information”.
Information security performs four important roles:
- Protects the organisation’s ability to function.
- Enables the safe operation of applications implemented on the organisation’s IT systems.
- Protects the data that the organisation collects and uses.
- Safeguards the technology that the organisation uses.
Does your organisation have security measures in place to provide all of the above? If not, then;
What is your organisation risking?
Nowadays, because almost everything is online, this creates an increasingly interconnected environment. Information is exposed to a growing number and wider variety of risks. Threats such as malicious code, computer hacking and denial-of-service attacks have become more common, ambitious and sophisticated. This makes implementing, maintaining and updating information security in an organisation more of a challenge.
How to improve your security in your organisation
Implementing information security in an organisation can protect the technology and information assets it uses by preventing, detecting and responding to threats, both internal and external.
Both senior management and IT are responsible for the organisation’s information security strategy, although in smaller organisations this job will likely sit with risk and security, data and compliance, and IT and information security managers and directors (sometimes this is just one person).
To support the information security strategy, it’s important to improve staff awareness of information security issues through training and initiatives. Organisations also need to enforce their information security policies and review them regularly in order to meet security requirements. When adapting any sort of software, insist on them providing their IT security policy regulatory certification. Reliable technology suppliers will have no problem providing this. Find out more about Gikko’s security measures.
Threats and vulnerabilities must be evaluated and analysed. This means establishing and implementing control measures and procedures to minimise risk, and auditing to measure the performance of controls.
Source: Security Boulevard