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How ISO 27001 and ISO 27799 complement each other in health organizations

More and more hospitals are interested in protecting their patient information, but they see ISO 27001 as not being specific enough. Although it covers many general aspects about information security, you can integrate it with other standards to cover specific aspects – for example, ISO 27799 for the protection of personal …

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The blessing of continuous improvement in ISO 22301

As with any other ISO management standard, not improving is not an option in ISO 22301. Best results can be achieved if improvements are applied to different aspects of the BCM approach. What improvement area or areas may have high priority is mainly dictated by the actual situation of the …

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What should you write in your Information Security Policy according to ISO 27001?

Content of an Information Security Policy is certainly one of the biggest myths related to ISO 27001 – very often the purpose of this document is misunderstood, and in many cases people tend to think they need to write everything about their security in this document. Well, this is not …

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What is an Information Security Management System (ISMS) according to ISO 27001?

If you’ve started an  ISO 27001 implementation, you’ve surely come up with the term Information Security Management System or ISMS. Pretty vague term, isn’t it? And yet, the ISMS is the main “product” of ISO 27001 implementation. So, what exactly is an ISMS? ISO 27001 basically describes how to develop the …

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4 mitigation options in risk treatment according to ISO 27001

Most people think risk assessment is the most difficult part of implementing ISO 27001 – true, risk assessment is probably the most complex, but risk treatment is definitely the one that is more strategic and more costly. The purpose of risk treatment seems rather simple: to control the risks identified during the risk …

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How to use NIST SP 800-53 for the implementation of ISO 27001 controls

In my previous article, How to use the NIST SP800 series of standards for ISO 27001 implementation, I made a description about the NIST SP800 series (documents describing computer security practices, published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology – NIST) and of some specific documents that can be …

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How to use the NIST SP800 series of standards for ISO 27001 implementation

Although ISO 27001, an international standard for information security management, provides control objectives and controls that cover a wide range of security issues, they are not exhaustive. Thus, ISO 27001 clauses 6.1.3 b) and c) note that an organization can go beyond the standard’s controls to set proper security levels, by …

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How to implement equipment physical protection according to ISO 27001 A.11.2 – Part 2

As I mentioned in my previous article How to implement equipment physical protection according to ISO 27001 A.11.2 – Part 1, having good solution software to protect the information security is not enough to protect your organization’s information; we must also set up physical security controls to protect the equipment. …

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How to implement equipment physical protection according to ISO 27001 A.11.2 – Part 1

Most of the companies today have controls to protect themselves from malicious software (viruses, trojans, etc.), to prevent employees from accessing malicious sites (filtering addresses through proxy servers), or to encrypt information when it is sent/received through email. However, I often find companies that neglect the physical protection of equipment, …

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3 strategic options to implement any ISO standard

If you’re considering the implementation of ISO 27001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 20000, or any other ISO management standard, you’re probably overwhelmed with various approaches on how to start and finish such project successfully. In my opinion, there are three basic options to implement these standards: (1) do it …

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ISO 31010: What to use instead of the asset-based approach for ISO 27001 risk identification

One of the most significant changes in the 2013 version of ISO 27001, a worldwide standard for Information Security Management Systems, is that it does not prescribe any approach in the risk assessment anymore. While it still requires the adoption of a process-based risk assessment approach (learn more here: ISO 27001 …

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ISO 27001 Internal Auditor training – Is it good for my career?

With business processes under constant pressure from management, customers, and other interested parties, to protect information exactly as requested, by means of technical specifications, legal requirements, or business objectives, and the greater complexity and sophistication of operations, the use of audit expertise in information security is becoming a critical point …

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The challenging role of the ISO 22301 BCM Manager

The Business Continuity Management (BCM) manager plays a pivotal role in the implementation of a BCM approach. As such, the role faces multiple challenges, from both top management and key process owners within the organization. As BCM is considered to be a cost factor in the first place, proper funding and …

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Clear desk and clear screen policy – What does ISO 27001 require?

Imagine this scene: an employee at his desk, in an open-plan office, is reviewing on his notebook some data to prepare a report about the last quarter financial results, or the pre-selling performance evaluation of the organization’s newest product. He receives a telephone call from his boss about a quick …

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