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Business Continuity Management vs. Information Security vs. IT Disaster Recovery

For outsiders, it’s not easy to distinguish among the specific purposes of Business Continuity Management (BCM), Information Security (IS), and IT Disaster Recovery (IT DR). All three areas have something to do with “security,” “losses,” “disasters,” and “protection.” Read on to learn more about the particular roles of disciplines often …

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Aligning information security with the strategic direction of a company according to ISO 27001

There is one requirement of ISO 27001 that is very rarely mentioned, and yet it is probably crucial for the long-term “survival” of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) in a company: this is the requirement from clause 5.1 that says that top management needs to ensure that the information security …

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How to identify ISMS requirements of interested parties in ISO 27001

“If you do not know where you’re going, you’re unlikely to end there.” This saying from the title character in the movie Forrest Gump describes perfectly why many projects fail: lack of clear requirements. Definition of requirements is so important that, since 2012, all published ISO management systems standards, including …

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EU GDPR controller vs. processor – What are the differences?

One of the questions that raised the most doubts in the organizations that I have worked with is: “In the scope of the EU GDPR (European General Data Protection Regulation), what is our responsibility in relation to the personal data that our customers handle in the scope of their business …

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How to integrate ISO 27001 A.14 controls into the system/software development life cycle (SDLC)

Information security is only as good as the processes related to it, yet we find many organizations concerned only about whether security features exist and are active in their information systems, and not how they are developed, implemented, maintained, and improved. As a result, many information systems fail to protect …

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How two-factor authentication enables compliance with ISO 27001 access controls

Access control is one of the cornerstones of security. If you cannot control who access what, you cannot ensure security at all. Because of that, access control stays in the main focus of security teams and wrongdoers. Today, simple use of passwords, tokens, or biometrics is not enough to prevent …

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Organizational resilience according to ISO 22316 – Is this another buzzword?

Both management systems standards on information security (ISO 27001) and business continuity (ISO 22301), while trying to encompass the whole organization, still lack components and dimensions to holistically protect an enterprise. The concept of resilience expands these approaches and enhances the preparedness and development of organizations. Resilience – What’s this? …

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What does ISO 27001 Lead Implementer training look like?

The ISMS (Information Security Management System) plays a very important role in every business these days. Since implementation of the ISMS can be a complex process (and usually differs in each industry sector), in order to participate and build this system, a good approach is to learn how to implement …

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Segregation of duties in your ISMS according to ISO 27001 A.6.1.2

Today’s automated solutions and information and communication technologies allow a few people to handle a great deal of information and processes (e.g., stock exchange operators and air traffic controllers). While this is good to improve productivity, a potential side effect is that these few people may end up gathering excessive …

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How can ISO 27001 help protect your company against ransomware?

Ransomware is a sophisticated malware that blocks users’ access to their files through the use of encryption. The attackers will ask for a ransom to unlock the infected computer. Although ransomware has been known as a method of attack for a long time, it is still very much in use …

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Data Privacy Protection, ISO 27001 and CISPE Code of Conduct

With mandated compliance with the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ever closer, organizations that handle personal data of European citizens are rushing to adapt their operations to new requirements to avoid problems with customers and authorities. With respect to cloud infrastructure services, a particular effort may come …

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Does ISO 27001 implementation satisfy EU GDPR requirements?

Lately, I’ve been asked questions like: “If ISO 27001 is implemented in my organization, will it fully comply with European General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) requirements?” and “Our company is ISO 27001 certified. Are we already compliant with EU GDPR?” The new regulation introduces a set of rules that require …

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How to integrate COSO, COBIT, and ISO 27001 frameworks

Recently, the ISO (International Standardization Organization) updated ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 27001 to make easier to use them together. But, how do they interact with practices outside the ISO world? How to integrate COSO, COBIT, and ISO 27001 frameworks. This article will present how ISO 27001 can be …

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What is the EU GDPR and why is it applicable to the whole world?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the actual Directive (Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC). It will not apply until May 25, 2018, but it does require companies to start preparing now, taking into account some obligations may be onerous and time consuming to implement. What is personal data? Based …

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