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Information Security Management Framework

Our experts create tailored Information Security Management Frameworks, helping your business build an enterprise-wide security strategy unique to your organisation's needs and regulatory requirements. 

Building a comprehensive defence against today's cyber-attacks begins with an information security management framework

With breaches at an all time high, and invaluable company and customer information at stake, your organisation needs to take a holistic approach to securing your assets

In our increasingly regulated environment, an effective information security management framework hinges on both security and compliance. Most businesses align their strategy to a specific standard such as ISO 27001, the NIST Framework or ASD-ISM. While this is the first step to more effective protection, it’s also unfeasible for most businesses to establish a compliant framework alone. 

For one, implementing an information security framework to fulfil the requirements of any standard typically requires impractical levels of effort and time. Moreover, gaining the highest standard of data protection usually involves certified resources that most businesses struggle to obtain. Ultimately, a clear, comprehensive and compliant framework comes down to qualified expertise.

We help keep your organisation’s assets safe by striking an expert balance between security and compliance

Our qualified security consultants help you establish and maintain an effective Information Security Management Framework, enabling you to manage and protect information in a consistent and cohesive way. Drawing on globally recognised standards and taking a risk-based approach, we help you showcase management’s commitment to protecting your data, clients and reputation.

Customers’ personal information is the most common type of record lost during breaches, included in 44% of incidents.

Considering this, it’s no wonder why lost business accounts for the largest share of breach costs, with reputation damage, diminished goodwill and customer losses sitting at an average total of $1.59M.

We specialise in tailored and compliant strategies, focusing on a risk-management approach that can easily adapt to your business’s unique profile

We significantly alleviate the burden of establishing an effective framework, providing a fundamental basis for gaining and maintaining compliance

As a qualified ISO 27001 lead auditor and implementer, we not only maintain our own Information Security Management System (ISMS), but assist clients with establishing their ISMS frameworks, customised with suitable measures to protect their crown jewels, including Personal Information (PI).

Aligning your Information Security Management Framework with a relevant industry standard ensures stronger foundations for your strategy

In turn, this translates to organisation-wide protection, improved company culture and increased resilience to cyber-attack

Below are some of the most common best practices and standards we help clients establish and maintain their frameworks around.

The ISO/IEC 27001 series is a widely known family of standards that helps keep your organisational assets safe. More specifically, ISO/IEC 27001: 2013 “specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an information security management system within the context of the organisation.” One of the key focuses – and moreover, advantages – of this standard is its emphasis on integrating security management from the top down. 

The NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Framework is often seen as a common language providing SMEs with consistent, clear and concise resources for managing and reducing cyber risk. In short, it is based on five key functions:

  • Identify;
  • Protect;
  • Detect;
  • Respond; and
  • Recover.
The Australian Signals Directorate’s Information Security Manual (ASD ISM) is targeted towards government agencies, assisting CISOs, CIOs and other cyber security professionals with implementing an information security framework to minimise risk and general exposure. While focused on government, the guidance the ISM provides is valuable to businesses across all industries.
iso 27001 compliance

Continually refining your information security strategy is the key to protecting your company and customer data

In addition to establishing your information security management framework, Content Security can assist with regular maintenance and auditing for compliance

Helping you to comply with regulatory requirements, and further meeting your business's unique information security goals

Performing regular audits at planned intervals will help verify how your information security management system (ISMS) is working and furthermore, will assist in identifying if your organisation’s security goals are being met in a productive, compliant manner.

Highlighting our approach to an ISO 27001-based information security management framework

ISO 27001 compliance ensures that information security requirements are aligned with business goals while promoting the idea of security as an enterprise-wide responsibility

As with other ISO 27000 standards, ISO 27001:2013 follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model outlined below. In order to address any identified deficiencies and improve your organisation’s information security maturity, Content Security will consult the PDCA model during the development of your framework.

First, our team works to determine and evaluate the level of leadership support and commitment to information security within the organisation. From there, we’re better suited to formalising your information security risk management process, and ensure it is well-communicated and aligned with your unique business risk profile. Then, we evaluate whether information security controls are documented, evolved and are continuously monitored and improved upon. Finally, we ensure the security policies and standards are formalised, reflecting the environment, and communicated with the relevant employees.

Plan - Establish ISMS

This stage involves identifying business objectives, reviewing management support, selecting the proper implementation scope and defining the assessment methodology. All of this is in serve of delivering a successful, compliant result in accordance with your organisation’s overall information security goals.

Do - Implement and Operate

The second phase involves developing and applying an in-depth risk treatment plan. Ultimately, this is focused on putting the necessary policies and procedures in place to manage risks. Moreover, this stage focuses on allocating training resources to fill any knowledge gaps for staff.

Check - Monitor and Review

After the ‘implement and operate’ stage, we’re then able to monitor the information security management framework implementation and prepare for a final audit review. We measure the ISMS process performance, comparing it to your established policy and objectives and reporting the results to your management team for review.

Act - Maintain and Improve

Maintaining your framework requires proactivity. In short, it involves taking corrective and preventative actions to uphold and enhance your protection. These actions are often based on the results of an internal ISMS audit and management review. Ultimately, this phase will help you continually improve your organisation’s ISMS.

For more information please contact our cybersecurity professionals today.