As organizations massively digitize and data information becomes increasingly vulnerable to breaches. Regulations and standards designed to help improve organizational cyber-hygiene and compliance are synonymous with prevention.
The ISO/IEC 27001 is one of the critical and elemental standards in strengthening informational security.
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In March 2020, an attack linked to Chinese hackers made bold attempts at breaching a government agency’s IT infrastructure. The forensic and Incident Handler (IH) reported that an exposed database impacted 4000 customers, and a community college experienced ransomware that nearly brought their IT system to its knees.
And later, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a rare emergency directive this past week requiring federal government agencies to patch or disconnect products running Microsoft Exchange on-premises products immediately. CISA held a call with more than 4,000 critical infrastructure partners in the private sector, state and local governments encouraging them to patch their systems.
Cases like these are becoming too rampant to track, and many victims: including small businesses, have failed to recover the following data, breaches and cyber-attacks.
CRESCOtec has partnered with Fortinet, one of the leading providers of Cyber Security solutions. CRESCOtec operates the online store Fortilicense, which provides a smooth and fast way to update the licenses in FortiGate and other Fortinet products.
Fortinet aims to empower large and small organizations with the tools and strategies to secure their systems and protect data in the cloud, network, and application environments.
We bring you Fortinet’s integration and automation to help speed up your regulatory compliance for peace of mind and inspire stakeholder’s confidence. FortiGuard and other solutions focus on granular encryption and deep-dive analyses of your IT Security threats and vulnerabilities.
These solutions can help you mitigate and reduce your data breach and cybersecurity risks through ISO 27001 compliance.
ISO/IEC 27001: Information Security Management System (ISMS)
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) creates and manages standards for various disciplines and industries.
ISO/IEC 27001 framework developed for information security management systems (ISMS) in organizations large and small.
In essence, the standard sums up basic policies, processes, and guidelines for data use and management.
Note that ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t attempt to prescribe set-in-concrete rules or methods because every organization’s case is different. Instead, they offer compliance.
Key things to note on ISO/IEC 27001 ISMS objectives:
- The goal of this standard is to guide on how organizations should handle data and information
- Risk management is underscored for all organizations to understand their threats and vulnerabilities
- ISO/IEC 27001 is a cross-industry standard for all businesses, nonprofits. and government agencies of all types.
- ISO/IEC 27001 maturity (and certified) outlines a secure & trustable organization with data.
- In fields such as medicine and ISO/IEC 27001, an approved certification is mandatory for vendors and other stakeholders.
ISO/IEC 27001 aligns with many data protection regulations and standards and attaining compliance with these standards sets the foundation for compliance with more complex rules such as NIST, FINRA, HIPAA, and data safety law.
Benefits of ISO/IEC 27001 Compliance and Certification
Why are we keen on helping you fast-track your ISO/IEC 27001 compliance with Fortinet’s controls? It’s because there is a lot at stake, not just your data’s safety but also your reputation and profitability.
With ISO 27001 Implementation, Unlock the maturity in your organization:
Keep the business secure and grow
In the past, ISO/IEC 27001 compliance was a key to competitive advantages, But it’s not anymore.
ISO/IEC 27001 has become the norm and an essential requirement for all organizations regarding information security. New clients expect you to be compliant and old clients may hold back from renewing contracts if you don’t attain compliance.
Reduce costs and risks
Why fly blind when ISO provides easy guidance to a robust security posture? Gartner forecasts that the costs of cybersecurity spending Will be a whopping $137 billion by 2022. Creating and implementing an ISMS based on ISO/IEC 27001 requirements can speed up the cost-effective attainment of data safety and regulatory compliance.
Protect and improve your reputation
Data breaches and incidents of cybercrime are increasing in scope and sophistication each day. The reputational and financial damage from the fallout of these events can be severe. Implement ISO/IEC 27001 compliant ISMS to safeguard your organization from these threats and demonstrate that you are committed to data safety.
Enhance process flow
Take ISO/IEC 27001 as a tool for enhancing business flows continuity, easier change management, and disaster readiness. In a large organization, confusion may arise over who is responsible for X and Y IT assets or what should happen in emergencies or when someone leaves or joins the organization—ISO 27001 guidelines take care of all that.
Save time and obtain peace of mind
If you meet ISO/IEC 27001 ISMS requirements and passed the 3rd-party audit from a Certification Assessment Body (CAB), whoever you are dealing with in whichever part of the world can immediately trust your security measures.
It has a positive impact on reduces the number of external audits in the contract signing process.
Under a Management System Certification Body (MSCB) certification-cycle, you get surveillance audits assessments from an independent auditor, and this is part of the improvement requirement within ISO 27001.
It concerns the actions an organization takes to address information security-oriented nonconformities.
The corrective action that follows from a nonconformity (NC) is also a crucial part of the ISMS improvement process must be witnessed and any other consequences caused by the non-conformities. And accepting them can help you implement all the controls needed for the best information protection.
What Does ISO/IEC 27001 Look-Like?
Information Security Management System document: Outline all types of operations. products and services that your ISMS will be applied to and its boundaries.
Information security policy objectives:
Create and implement information security policies and objectives that demonstrate your commitment to data security.
Risk assessment and mitigation methodology:
Outline how you’ll identify risks to data security and your approach to mitigating those risks.
Risk treatment plan:
Outline how you’ll implement security controls, the resources you’ll need, and who will do the ISO/IEC 27001 implementation.
Threat assessment and risk management reports:
Report on all risks identified and mitigated based on the plan’s methodology above.
Definition of roles and responsibilities:
Specify which employees are responsible for risk assessment and controls implementation.
Inventory of assets:
Document all assets involved in data storage, including desktop computers, laptops, phone servers: email systems and physical documents.
Acceptable use of assets:
Establish acceptable use to make it clear to all employees and third parties how they can use them for utmost information security.
Access control policy:
Create and implement access controls to sensitive information.
Secure system architecture principles:
Describes how you will apply security when you create any new IT projects.
Supplier security policy:
Establish how you will protect information when dealing with suppliers.
Incident management procedure:
Document procedures needed to react and mitigate information security incidents effectively.
Business continuity policies:
Document the best practices instituted for business continuity after a breach incident.
Contractual, legal, and regulatory requirements:
Document how you attain compliance and train employees on compliance.
Monitoring and measurement of results:
ISO/IEC 27001 emphasizes continuous improvement, and this is one of its greatest strengths.
Internal audit program and results:
Create and implement an internal audit plan and report results on your organizational performance regarding security.
Senior management must regularly review the ISMS performance results to ensure that it remains effective.
Non-conformities and corrective actions:
Document all faults and mistakes in your security structure and the actions you took/will take in the future.
Get an independent accredited security expert to audit your systems, policies, and processes for ISO27001 certification.
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