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Rhand Leal

What to consider in security terms and conditions for employees according to ISO 27001

A good way to ensure that people are aware of their roles and responsibilities in an organization is by defining policies and procedures to be followed. But this solution has a limitation: they only cover the people who are already working for the organization and have access to information. What …

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Antonio Jose Segovia

How to use Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) for ISO 27001?

Essentially, OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) is an online community developing international open projects related to Web Application Security. Mainly, it was created to develop secure web applications. Most of these projects have documents, guides and tools which can be useful for an ISO 27001 implementation. Why is OWASP …

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Rhand Leal

How to address opportunities in ISO 27001 risk management using ISO 31000

Businesses are full of risks, and organizations should do their best to identify, evaluate, and treat all of them – or at least the most relevant ones. This is called risk management, which can vary from subconscious decisions to fully aware choices based on complex methodologies and data arrangements. But, …

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Rhand Leal

How to perform background checks according to ISO 27001

“The human factor is the weakest link in the security.” How many times have we already heard this sentence? How many stories have we already heard about security incidents caused by human failure or inaction? In an effort to minimize this situation, organizations all around the world have been working …

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Rhand Leal

Can ISO 27001 help your organization in a DDoS attack?

In a connected world where hundreds of transactions are made every minute, every second your systems are down or inaccessible may represent a significant impact on your organizations’ business. And, while prevention of infrastructure failures is an immediate and obvious concern for decision makers, a more subtle and insidious threat …

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Rhand Leal

How can ISO 27001 help you comply with SOX section 404

A number of high-profile corporate and accounting scandals collapsed several big players like Enron and WorldCom, and played havoc on global investment market. In the wake of these scandals, U.S. SOX law was introduced to restore public confidence of financial information released by public organizations. The laws required new levels …

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Wolfgang Mahr

Organizational Resilience – Positioning Against ISO 22301-Based Business Continuity

Approaches and methods to successfully and sustainably run businesses are being rapidly developed. Recently, the term of Organizational Resilience was interpreted as being the new expression for the term Business Continuity. According to industry sources, based on recent ISO standardization work (ISO 22316:2017), Organizational Resilience is an all-encompassing concept that …

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Rhand Leal

European 2017 Revision of ISO/IEC 27001: What has changed?

Released at the beginning of April 2017 by BSI (the British Standards Institution), the standard BS EN ISO/IEC 27001:2017 is a corrigendum over previous standard BS ISO/IEC 27001:2013. It has raised some concern among organizations with Information Security Management Systems certified against ISO 27001, the leading ISO standard for information …

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Rhand Leal

How to perform an ISO 27001 second-party audit of an outsourced supplier

To focus on their core business, many organizations rely on outsourced suppliers to perform support processes. While this approach may bring benefits like costs savings, and access to expert knowledge and state-of-the-art technology, it can also involve risks related to loss of control over how these processes are performed and …

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Antonio Jose Segovia

How can ISO 27001 and ISO 22301 help with critical infrastructure protection?

The European Council Directive 2008/114/EC of December 8, 2008, is a European Directive for the identification and designation of critical European infrastructures and the assessment of the need to improve their protection. It states: Critical infrastructure means an asset, system or part thereof … which is essential for the maintenance …

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Rhand Leal

ISO 27001 vs. Cyber Essentials: Similarities and differences

In the Internet environment, big, medium, and small businesses all face similar risks, and many regulatory demands enforce information protection, but differences in resources and knowledge often result in data breaches because of the failure to implement basic security measures. To help handle such situations, the government in the United …

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Hannah Churchman

7 ways to improve the internal audits of your ISO 27001 ISMS

ISO 27001:2013 states that the purpose of the internal audit is to check compliance against both “the organization’s own requirements … and the requirements of this International Standard.” Aside from being a necessity of the standard, internal audits are important for several other reasons: Internal audits identify and rectify any …

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Hannah Churchman

How to gain employee buy-in when implementing cybersecurity according to ISO 27001

In the majority of organizations, change is embraced by senior management, but feared by employees. In the case of implementing ISO 27001, a committed senior management team (SMT) can understand clearly the benefits that an Information Security Management System (ISMS) will bring, such as decreased risk of business disruption, enhanced …

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Rhand Leal

Which security clauses to use for supplier agreements?

Running a business on your own these days is practically impossible. Maintaining high levels of performance in every aspect of your business to stay competitive means draining precious resources that would be better invested in business growth and diversification. Thus, using suppliers becomes an attractive alternative. But, while suppliers are …

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