Information Security Management System to Protect Information Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability

Bineesh Mathew | June 18, 2021 | 587 views

Information Security Management
In this modern world of technology, ensuring information security is very important for the smooth running of any organization. Unfortunately, there are many information/cyber security threats, including malware, ransom ware, emotet, denial of service, man in the middle, phishing, SQL injection, and password attacks. Whatever your business is, no doubt, it can collapse your business and your dreams. However, the severity of its after-effects depends upon the type of business you do.

As information security threat has become a hurdle for all organizations, companies must implement an effective information security management system. In 2019 alone, the total number of breaches was 1473. It is increasing every year as businesses are doing digital transformation widely. Phishing is the most damaging and widespread threat to businesses, accounting for 90% of organizations' breaches.

This article lets you understand what ISMS is and how it can be effectively implemented in your organization.

Information Security Management System (ISMS)

According to ISO/IEC 27001, Information Security Management System (ISMS) refers to various procedures, policies, and guidelines to manage and protect organizations' information assets. In addition, the system also comprises various other associated resources and activities frameworks for information security management.

Organizations are jointly responsible for maintaining information security. People responsible for security in an organization ensure that all employees diligently meet all policies, guidelines, and other objectives regarding protecting information. Also, they safeguard all assets of the organization from external cyber threats and attacks.

The goal and objective of the system are to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of assets from all threats and vulnerabilities. Effectively implementing an information security management system in your organization avoids the possibility of leaking personal, sensitive, and confidential data and getting exposed to harmful hands. The step-by-step implementation of ISMS includes the process of designing, implementing, managing, and maintaining it.

Implementing ISMS in Organizations

The standard for establishing and maintaining an information security management system in any organization is ISO 27001. However, as the standard has broad building blocks in designing and implementing ISMS, organizations can shape it according to their requirements.

Effectively implementing ISMS in organizations in compliance with ISO 27001 lets you enjoy significant benefits. However, an in-depth implementation and training process has to be ensured to realize these benefits comprehensively. Therefore, let us look into how an information security management system can be successfully implemented in your organization.

Identification

The first step in implementing ISMS is identifying the assets vulnerable to security threats and determining their value to your organization. In this process, devices and various types of data are listed according to their relative importance. Assets can be divided across three dimensions: confidentiality, integrity, and availability. It will allow you to give a rating to your assets according to their sensitivity and importance to the company.

  • Confidentiality is ensuring that the assets are accessed by authorized persons only.
  • Integrity means ensuring that the data and information to be secured are complete, correct, and safeguarded thoroughly.
  • Availability is ensuring that the protected information is available to the authorized persons when they require it.


Policies and Procedures and Approval from the Management

In this step, you will have to create policies and procedures based on the insights you got from the first step. It is said to be the riskiest step as it will enforce new behaviors in your organization. Rules and regulations will be set for all the employees in this step. Therefore, it becomes the riskiest step as people always resist accepting and following the changes. You also should get the management approval once the policies are written.


Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is an integral part of implementing an Information Security Management System. Risk assessment allows you to provide values to your assets and realize which asset needs utmost care. For example, a competitor, an insider, or a cybercriminal group may want to compromise your information and steal your information. With a simple brainstorming session, you can realize and identify various potential sources of risk and potential damage. A well-documented risk assessment plan and methodology will make the process error-free.


Risk Treatment

In this step, you will have to implement the risk assessment plan you defined in the previous step. It is a time-consuming process, especially for larger organizations. This process is to get a clear picture of both internal and external dangers that can happen to the information in your organization.

The process of risk treatment also will help you to reduce the risks, which are not acceptable. Additionally, you may have to create a detailed report comprising all the steps you took during the risk assessment and treatment phase in this step.


Training

If you want effectively implement all the policies and procedures, providing training to employees is necessary. To make people perform as expected, educating your personnel about the necessity of implementing an information security management system is crucial. The most common reason for the failure of security management failure is the absence of this program.


Implementing ISMS

Once policies and procedures are written, and necessary training is provided to all employees, you can get into the actual process of implementing it in your organization. Then, as all the employees follow the new set of rules and regulations, you can start evaluating the system's effectiveness.


Monitoring and Auditing

Here you check whether the objectives set were being met or not. If not, you may take corrective and preventive actions. In addition, as part of auditing, you also ensure all employees are following what was being implemented in the information security management system. This is because people may likely follow wrong things without the awareness that they are doing something wrong. In that case, disciplinary actions have to be taken to prevent and correct it. Here you make sure and ensure all the controls are working as you expected.


Management Review

The final step in the process of implementing an information security management system is management review. In this step, you work with the senior management to understand your ISMS is achieving the goals. You also utilize this step to set future goals in terms of your security strategy.

Once the implementation and review are completed successfully, the organization can apply for certification to ensure the best information security management practices.


Summing UP

Organizations benefit from implementing and certifying their information security management system. The organization has defined and implemented a management system by building awareness, training employees, applying the proper security measures, and executing a systematic approach to information security management. Thus implementation has the following benefits:

  • Minimized risk of information loss.
  • The increased trust of customers in the company as the company is ISO/IEC 27001 certified.
  • Developed competencies and awareness about information security among all employees
  • The organization meets various regulatory requirements.

Frequently Asked questions


What are the three principles of information security?

Confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) are the three main principles and objectives of information security. These are the fundamental principles and the heart of information security.


How does information security management work?

Information security management works on five pillars. The five pillars are assessment, detection, reaction, documentation, and prevention. Effective implementation of these pillars determines the success of the information security management in your company.


What are the challenges in information security management?

Challenges in information security management in your company can be the following:

  • You can’t identify your most critical data
  • Policies aren’t in place for protecting sensitive information.
  • Employees aren’t trained in company policies.
  • Technology isn’t implemented for your policies.
  • You can’t limit vendor access to sensitive information.

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ControlCase Partners with ConnectWise & FifthWall Solutions to Increase MSP Cybersecurity Maturity & Bridge Access to Cyber Insurance.

ControlCase | July 11, 2022

ControlCase, a leading provider of IT Security Certifications and Continuous Compliance Services announced its recent partnership with ConnectWise and FifthWall Solutions. Under this partnership, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can now access the ConnectWise MSP+ security best practices framework from the ControlCase Compliance HubTM platform for both self-assessment and verification by ControlCase. This partnership also provides the rate-quote-bind assistance required for procuring insurance. ConnectWise’s MSP+ framework is derived from the NIST CSF framework and aims to help MSPs strengthen their cybersecurity program, increase cybersecurity maturity, and ultimately lower their risk of a data breach. MSP+ provides an affordable compliance framework that can be used as the foundation for an MSPs cybersecurity program. The MSP+ program is split into 3 parts: 1. MSP+ Self Assessment – Allows the MSP to access the framework and start implementing controls and closing gaps at their own pace. 2. MSP+ Advanced – Includes assistance with remediation and final verification by ControlCase. 3. MSP+ Mastery – Demonstrates a mature cybersecurity program and is also verified by ControlCase. “This partnership is a gamechanger for MSPs,” said Mike Jenner, CEO at ControlCase. “Security incidents involving MSPs, and their clients continue to rise. This rise necessitates stringent security controls to be implemented and the MSP+ framework provides a great place for MSPs to start learning about cybersecurity and implementing necessary controls.” Speaking on the achievement, Raffael Marty, General Manager -Cybersecurity at ConnectWise said “Cyber insurance is a critical element to help partners protect their legacy by building a more cyber-resilient business. This partnership will help MSPs increase their cybersecurity maturity, prepare for and procure insurance; eliminating dozens of steps they and their customers would otherwise have to take.” The ControlCase Compliance HubTM platform is integrated with ConnectWise Manage. MSPs can complete their MSP+ assessments without ever leaving their PSA. The MSP+ Advanced and Mastery offerings also include real-time compliance status and vital statistics such as risk rating and security milestone planning. “FifthWall is excited to be the dedicated Cyber Insurance & Risk Management Solution Provider,” said Reid Wellock, President, FifthWall Solutions. “We work with 35+ insurers to limit clients’ cyber exposure and give peace of mind for businesses of any size.” This partnership greatly simplifies MSPs and their clients' access to insurance.” For more information on this partnership and the related offerings, please contact Kimberly Simon at ksimon@controlcase.com About ControlCase ControlCase is a global provider of certification, cybersecurity, and continuous compliance services. ControlCase is committed to empowering organizations to develop and deploy strategic information security and compliance programs that are simplified, cost-effective, and comprehensive in both on-premises and cloud environments. ControlCase offers certifications and a broad spectrum of cyber security services that meet the needs of companies required to certify to PCI DSS, HITRUST, SOC 2 Type II, ISO 27001, PCI PIN, PCI P2PE, PCI TSP, PA DSS, CSA STAR, HIPAA, GDPR, SWIFT, and FedRAMP. About FifthWall Solutions FifthWall works with 35+ carriers to limit your clients’ cyber exposure and give peace of mind for businesses of any size. With our policies, MSPs and their clients are covered from business interruptions, cyber crimes, and several of the consequences that follow. With breach prevention and response tools, MSPs and their clients avoid risk and minimize impact in the event of a security incident.

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SOFTWARE SECURITY

GrammaTech and T.E.N. Announce Call for Nominations for Product Security Executive of the Year Awards

GrammaTech | August 16, 2022

GrammaTech, a leading provider of application security testing products and software research services, and T.E.N., founder of the Information Security Executive® (ISE®) of the Year Awards, today announced the Product Security Executive (PSE) of the Year Awards. This annual competition will recognize individuals whose contributions have delivered advancements in security for embedded or commercial software products. Nominations are now being accepted through October 10, 2022 at The judging panel includes: Edna Conway, Vice President, Security & Risk Officer, Cloud Infrastructure at Microsoft, former CSO, Cisco Global Value Chain and a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Task Force on ICT Supply Chain Risk Management. Malcolm Harkins, Chief Security & Trust Officer with Epiphany Systems, former Chief Security and Privacy Officer (CSPO) and the first CISO at Intel Corporation. Troy Rydman, Senior Practice Leader - Global Strategic Accounts, Security, Risk, & Compliance for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and former cybersecurity executive with Silicon Valley Bank, with fourteen years of increasing cybersecurity leadership. “In a world of increasingly autonomous products, from cars to appliances to robots, managing the integrity of the software that enables our connected world is critical. The Product Security Executives who drive quality, security and safety of our many devices are pivotal to the digital economy. “It is time to recognize these individuals and the significant contributions they make in securing the software at the heart of our hyper-connected world.” Edna Conway, VP, Security & Risk Officer, Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure Eligibility U.S.-based executives, including those with director, vice president, chief product security officer or similar titles, who are responsible for product security management are eligible for consideration. This includes individuals overseeing security at all stages of the product development lifecycle for software, firmware and/or embedded code; as well as secure product design, risk and vulnerability management and standards/regulatory compliance. There is no cost to enter. “There’s an increased emphasis on maintaining the safety and security of embedded software across virtually all industries, which is becoming the responsibility of a Product Security Executive whether or not the title exists,” said Andrew Meyer, Chief Marketing Officer for GrammaTech. “We collaborated with T.E.N. to create this award competition and recognize the men and women on the front lines of this new discipline, honor their accomplishments and share their best practices with the industry.” “The number of IoT devices is in the billions and we will continue to see an ever-growing number of devices become smart and connected,” explains Marci McCarthy, CEO and President of T.E.N. “Every device is at risk for cyberattacks, and threat actors are taking advantage of every opportunity to exploit product security vulnerabilities. Demand for product security has thus grown across multiple industries, especially consumer electronics, automotive and healthcare. Because product security is a relatively new concept whose time has come, we are thrilled to partner with GrammaTech to recognize individuals for advancements and innovations leading to more secure products going to market.” About T.E.N. T.E.N. is an award-winning technology and security networking and marketing firm that hosts relationship-building events between top Information Security executives, industry pioneers and innovative solution providers within the cybersecurity industry. Its flagship program, the nationally acclaimed Information Security Executive® (ISE®) of the Year Program Series and Awards, is North America’s largest leadership recognition and networking program for security professionals, honoring both leading executives and deserving project teams. About GrammaTech GrammaTech is a leading global provider of application security testing (AST) solutions used by the world’s most security conscious organizations to detect, measure, analyze and resolve vulnerabilities for software they develop or use. The company is also a trusted cybersecurity and artificial intelligence research partner for the nation’s civil, defense, and intelligence agencies. GrammaTech has corporate headquarters in Bethesda MD, a Research and Development Center in Ithaca NY, and publishes Shift Left Academy, an educational resource for software developers.

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NETWORK THREAT DETECTION

Chariton Valley Commits To Protecting All Customers From Growing Cybersecurity Threats With Calix ProtectIQ Home Network Security

Calix | July 15, 2022

Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) announced today that Chariton Valley Telephone Corporation (Chariton Valley) expects to double its customer connections after providing ProtectIQ® home network security to all customers at no cost. Chariton Valley leverages the full power of Calix Revenue EDGE to transform its value proposition and improve the customer experience. In May, the 70-year-old broadband service provider (BSP) launched ProtectIQ, part of Calix Revenue EDGE Suites, as it continues to roll out GigaSpire® BLAST systems across its Midwestern communities. In a climate of increased cybersecurity concerns, Chariton Valley has equipped all GigaSpire BLAST customers with effortless access to robust home network security. In doing so, the BSP increases customer loyalty across rural regions and nearby cities in north-central and northeast Missouri. Many Chariton Valley customers have sophisticated internet habits—half identify as gamers and almost 40 percent work from home. By evolving its value proposition, the innovative BSP has also fortified itself against billion-dollar market cap competition in Palmyra and Hannibal. In its first two months of offering ProtectIQ to all customers, Chariton Valley blocked more than 48,000 web threats, intrusions, malware, and viruses from entering home networks—proving the immediate value of its investments. The comprehensive Revenue EDGE platform enables BSPs of all sizes to easily and quickly launch differentiating turnkey, managed offerings. Chariton Valley continues to evolve its value proposition and strengthen its growing customer connections by: Transforming its business to help communities thrive for decades. Chariton Valley is on track to complete a historic five-year, $42 million fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) buildout in its member service territory, and another $40 million in expansion opportunities next year by leveraging the secure broadband access network platform, Calix Intelligent Access EDGE™. In May, it began rolling out turnkey, managed offerings in EDGE Suites, starting with ProtectIQ, recently recognized by the cybersecurity industry as “Best in Anti-Phishing, Network Security & Management,” at no cost to its customers. As a result, Chariton Valley blocked thousands of web threats in only two months—further proving the value of its investment in the region. Creating internet experiences that grow with customers’ needs. After the successful rollout of ProtectIQ, Chariton Valley is now taking a targeted approach to introduce its second EDGE Suite, the advanced parental controls in ExperienceIQ®. Calix-partnered BSPs have seen a 178 percent increase in people using ExperienceIQ since the beginning of the year. Both ProtectIQ and ExperienceIQ are accessed through the BSP’s branded subscriber-facing mobile app, built on CommandIQ®, giving customers more control over their home networks. Leveraging data and insights to offer services that meet each customer’s unique needs. Using the insights and analytics in Calix Marketing Cloud (Marketing Cloud), even a small BSP like Chariton Valley can successfully leverage data for segmenting and targeting. For example, Chariton Valley uses Marketing Cloud to uncover which of its customers are most likely to need the advanced parental controls of ExperienceIQ. Now their marketing team can quickly identify the right people for the new service. This enables Chariton Valley to get maximum ROI from every dollar invested in marketing. “As a member-owned organization, the customer experience informs everything we do,” said Kirby J. Underberg, president and chief executive officer at Chariton Valley. “Chariton Valley is committed to the region’s future—the investment we made building a secure fiber network will benefit people living in north-central and northeast Missouri for the next three decades. However, we also understand that we are responsible for protecting our customers from the increasing threat of digital dangers that come along with the positive generational impact of secure, fast Wi-Fi. By adding critical services like home network security and advanced parental controls, we will continue to invest in our customers by providing superior internet experiences long after the latest deals from our competitors expire.” Along with ProtectIQ and ExperienceIQ, EDGE Suites also includes connected home camera security systems (Arlo Secure). Additionally, Calix is launching two new managed offerings this summer: social media monitoring (Bark) and connected device protection (Servify Care). “Chariton Valley’s incredible first two months offering ProtectIQ to all customers underlines why today’s successful broadband business must be about more than just fast Wi-Fi, ProtectIQ has helped BSPs of all sizes block millions of digital threats in 2022. The Missouri-based market leader competes against a billion-dollar market cap company and wins because it leverages the full power of the Revenue EDGE platform to easily and quickly launch turnkey, managed offerings like ProtectIQ that improve the customer experience. We look forward to supporting Chariton Valley’s continued growth as they evolve their value proposition to reflect their commitment to protecting customers in north-central and northeast Missouri.” Matt Collins, executive vice president of commercial operations and chief marketing officer at Calix About Calix Calix, Inc. Calix cloud and software platforms enable service providers of all types and sizes to innovate and transform. Our customers utilize the real-time data and insights from Calix platforms to simplify their businesses and deliver experiences that excite their subscribers. The resulting growth in subscriber acquisition, loyalty, and revenue create more value for their businesses and communities. This is the Calix mission: to enable broadband service providers of all sizes to simplify, excite, and grow. This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based upon management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us as of the date of this release, and we assume no obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking statement to reflect any event or circumstance after the date of this release, except as required by law. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from current expectations based on risks and uncertainties affecting Calix’s business. The reader is cautioned not to rely on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Additional information on potential factors that could affect Calix’s results and other risks and uncertainties are detailed in its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC.

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DATA SECURITY

ControlCase Partners with ConnectWise & FifthWall Solutions to Increase MSP Cybersecurity Maturity & Bridge Access to Cyber Insurance.

ControlCase | July 11, 2022

ControlCase, a leading provider of IT Security Certifications and Continuous Compliance Services announced its recent partnership with ConnectWise and FifthWall Solutions. Under this partnership, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can now access the ConnectWise MSP+ security best practices framework from the ControlCase Compliance HubTM platform for both self-assessment and verification by ControlCase. This partnership also provides the rate-quote-bind assistance required for procuring insurance. ConnectWise’s MSP+ framework is derived from the NIST CSF framework and aims to help MSPs strengthen their cybersecurity program, increase cybersecurity maturity, and ultimately lower their risk of a data breach. MSP+ provides an affordable compliance framework that can be used as the foundation for an MSPs cybersecurity program. The MSP+ program is split into 3 parts: 1. MSP+ Self Assessment – Allows the MSP to access the framework and start implementing controls and closing gaps at their own pace. 2. MSP+ Advanced – Includes assistance with remediation and final verification by ControlCase. 3. MSP+ Mastery – Demonstrates a mature cybersecurity program and is also verified by ControlCase. “This partnership is a gamechanger for MSPs,” said Mike Jenner, CEO at ControlCase. “Security incidents involving MSPs, and their clients continue to rise. This rise necessitates stringent security controls to be implemented and the MSP+ framework provides a great place for MSPs to start learning about cybersecurity and implementing necessary controls.” Speaking on the achievement, Raffael Marty, General Manager -Cybersecurity at ConnectWise said “Cyber insurance is a critical element to help partners protect their legacy by building a more cyber-resilient business. This partnership will help MSPs increase their cybersecurity maturity, prepare for and procure insurance; eliminating dozens of steps they and their customers would otherwise have to take.” The ControlCase Compliance HubTM platform is integrated with ConnectWise Manage. MSPs can complete their MSP+ assessments without ever leaving their PSA. The MSP+ Advanced and Mastery offerings also include real-time compliance status and vital statistics such as risk rating and security milestone planning. “FifthWall is excited to be the dedicated Cyber Insurance & Risk Management Solution Provider,” said Reid Wellock, President, FifthWall Solutions. “We work with 35+ insurers to limit clients’ cyber exposure and give peace of mind for businesses of any size.” This partnership greatly simplifies MSPs and their clients' access to insurance.” For more information on this partnership and the related offerings, please contact Kimberly Simon at ksimon@controlcase.com About ControlCase ControlCase is a global provider of certification, cybersecurity, and continuous compliance services. ControlCase is committed to empowering organizations to develop and deploy strategic information security and compliance programs that are simplified, cost-effective, and comprehensive in both on-premises and cloud environments. ControlCase offers certifications and a broad spectrum of cyber security services that meet the needs of companies required to certify to PCI DSS, HITRUST, SOC 2 Type II, ISO 27001, PCI PIN, PCI P2PE, PCI TSP, PA DSS, CSA STAR, HIPAA, GDPR, SWIFT, and FedRAMP. About FifthWall Solutions FifthWall works with 35+ carriers to limit your clients’ cyber exposure and give peace of mind for businesses of any size. With our policies, MSPs and their clients are covered from business interruptions, cyber crimes, and several of the consequences that follow. With breach prevention and response tools, MSPs and their clients avoid risk and minimize impact in the event of a security incident.

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