Information Security Management
We secure your informational assets against threats and vulnerabilities.
Information Security Management is “the practice of preventing unauthorised access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, inspection, recording or destruction” of sensitive records. We implement a well-structured set of policies and procedural controls that your organisation can adopt to secure your informational assets against threats and vulnerabilities, both internal and external.
Information security at the organisational level is centered around the CIA triad of Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability.
Objectives of Information Security
When it comes to Information Security, confidentiality and privacy are essentially the same thing. Preserving the confidentiality of information means ensuring that only authorised persons can access or modify the data. Information security management teams may classify or categorise data, based on the perceived risk and anticipated impact that would result should the data be compromised. Additional privacy controls can be implemented for higher-risk data.
Information security management deals with data integrity by implementing controls that ensure the consistency and accuracy of stored data throughout its entire life cycle. For data to be considered secure, the IT organisation must ensure that it is securely stored and cannot be modified or deleted without the appropriate permissions. Measures such as version control, user access controls and checksums can be implemented to help maintain data integrity.
Information security management deals with data availability, by implementing processes and procedures that ensure important information is available to authorised users when needed. Typical activities include hardware maintenance and repairs, installing patches and upgrades, and implementing incident response and disaster recovery processes to prevent data loss in the event of a cyber-attack.
Different Types of Informational Assets
Businesses and IT organisations develop and document long-term strategic and short-term tactical objectives that establish their goals and vision for the future. These valuable internal documents contain secrets and insight that competitors may want to access.
Critical products/service information.
Critical information about products and services, including those offered by the business and by IT, should be protected through information security management. This includes the source code for in-house developed application, as well as any data or informational products that are sold to customers. If your business sells a digital product, you will need information security to ensure that hackers cannot steal your product and distribute it without your consent or knowledge.
If your company generates intellectual property, including developing software, you will require information security controls to protect it. Your competitors may want to steal your source code and use it to reverse engineer a product to compete with yours. Some countries do not enforce copyright or intellectual property laws, so you may have no recourse if this is allowed to happen.