When you think of your business’ most valuable assets, and what effect their damage or loss would have on the organisation, it is easy to think solely in terms of physical holdings: the business property, its IT systems, the computer programs it has implemented for staff to use, and so on. While these are all indeed very important assets to a business’ operations, by focusing on physical ‘real world’ assets it is easy to overlook one of the most important business resources, which allow organisations to conduct daily operations, liaise with clients, give effective customer service and promote their business as a safe, trustworthy organisation to conduct dealings with: information.
All organisation’s work with information, and business data can take a number of forms, from the broad to specific, including; all on-site policies, regulations and procedures, confidential staff correspondence about work matters, information and design ideas about future projects and the direction of the company, and databases which store confidential staff and client details. It is precisely because ‘business information’ is such a general term that it needs to be addressed in a specific manner.
How is your business ensuring that client data is kept safe and secure? How is your operations working at developing an information system in which staff are aware of their own responsibilities when it comes to safekeeping confidential information? In what ways is your business looking at shifting trends in the marketplace and information security in order to identify the ways in which their business information could potentially be compromised, and what steps is it taking to ensure this does not happen?
These are all business information security issues that organisations need to address to ensure that their information security becomes and stays relevant and up to date, that their clients have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their information is secured in a most efficient manner, and that they can uphold their reputation as a secure, trustworthy organisation to conduct dealings with.
However, even getting a hold of what business information security concerns need addressing can be a time-consuming task. How should you prioritise different issues? What kind of risk assessment should be conducted to ensure that individual business information security threats are gauged, and dealt with, according to their level of potential disruption to the organisation? To get a hold of these issues, and deal with them in a logical, systematic manner, it is worthwhile to utilise some kind of guide or knowledge-base, which can help you to understand the scope of potential information security threats, deal with them on a level of threat concern basis, and help you to identify potential information security risks that you might have otherwise overlooked.
An Information Security Management System works with the business of knowledge to protect the knowledge of your business.
Making a commitment towards addressing these business information security concerns is just the first step towards your organisation having stable, secure information security, which safeguards its information assets. Following this, you need to develop a plan for how to implement these safeguards in a clear, methodical manner, which has minimal downtime or disruption upon the business’ operations. Another concern is that business’ need to ensure that the information security procedures they are implementing are certified, secure, and recognised as providing assurance to organisation’s that their information is safeguarded against potential threats. For all of these reasons, the implementation of a globally recognised Information Security Management System (ISMS) can help business’ achieve their goals, as an ISMS applies internationally recognised and certified information security solutions to your business, while also analysing the specific requirements and context of your operations to ensure that it is implemented in a simple, easy to understand manner, with minimal downtime.
The internationally certified business information security standard ISO 27001:2013 provides business’ with an all-in-one solution to information security, as it works at understanding business information security concerns, and then contextualising them to the specifics of your operations, and providing innovative solutions and safeguards to ensure that the information security of your operations is never compromised.
Specifically, these information security standards provide advantages to organisation’s by imparting the knowledge of the scope of business information security, how to go about strengthening business information security in a clear, methodical way, providing business’ with risk assessment tools and strategies so they can develop a check-list approach towards addressing information security threats, and promoting a supportive office environment, where employees are clearly briefed about the scope of their responsibilities when it comes to information security, and what they can do to help protect the business’ valuable information assets.
The Information Security of your business is second to none with ISO 27001
We have discussed how business information comes in all different forms, and why it is so important to get a handle on it. Strong information security within your organisation increases productivity, staff morale, stakeholder confidence, and reduces downtime, while weak information security means that your operations are susceptible to threats and increased downtime, all of which can lead to reduced confidence in stakeholders.
All business’ that work with information stand to benefit from the implementation of ISO 27001, but if you would like to know the specific ways its implementation can help you improve productivity, strengthen information security, and streamline operations, then please get in touch with Anitech Group’s safety systems consultants today on 1300 802 163. They will be able to discuss with you how the ISO 27001 standards can improve your business operations, how it can be implemented in a safe and easy manner, and how it can be specifically tailored to the specifics of your business to maximise its security and uphold its reputation. What could be a safer bet than that?