The first step for any business concerned about information security is to understand your risks. Software integrations, digital assets and remote working arrangements are commonplace in many organisations. However, these and many other ways in which we work can be highly susceptible to vulnerability. Taking stock of how much sensitive information your business holds and how your people share and store information is an important first step.
Additionally, Developing an Information Security Management System (ISMS) may be the best option for your business. An ISMS assists in managing information security and mitigating the risks your business faces against cyber threats or malicious attacks. An ISMS is a comprehensive and systemic approach to managing your organisation’s information with many tangible benefits. These benefits include increased resilience and reduced costs associated with cyber security protections.
Certifying your ISMS is the next step to assuring your processes meet the internationally recognised standard for information security, ISO/IEC 27001:2013. As the cost and severity of cyber attacks continue to mount, more individuals and organisations will be looking to do business with organisations that have their ISMS certified to ISO/IEC 27001.
For all organisations, regardless of size, the ACSC recommends the implementation of the Essential Eight cyber security strategies for defending against cyber threats. These eight essential mitigation strategies are designed to protect Microsoft Windows-based internet-connected networks, and make it harder for adversaries to compromise systems.