An Information Security Management System (ISMS) is a formal and documented process that includes various steps to systematically manage sensitive data within an organization. It is essentially a framework that enables information to be protected from various threats, risks, and attacks. Getting the most out of an ISMS tool requires collaborative implementation and project leadership from both IT and business management. In this context, information security should not only be viewed as a purely technical matter, but as a holistic task that includes all aspects of the organization.
Information security is based on clear guidelines and specifications that come from widely recognized standards such as ISO/IEC 27001, BSI Grundschutz, or other norms in accordance with IT Grundschutz (IT Basic Protection) and the EU GDPR.
An ISMS enables businesses to analyze and evaluate threats and weaknesses in processes, systems, servers, as well as assets. This helps them take targeted measures and set controls to ensure highest levels of safety. The effectiveness of these steps can be continuously monitored.
By using supporting ISMS software, companies can digitalize and professionalize their information security management. This affects both the ISMS itself and the associated business processes, which offers completely new possibilities and advantages to the company. For example, ISMS software helps to attain important certifications that are essential for establishing trust with customers and partners. Furthermore, it creates the opportunity to seamlessly link one’s risk management and compliance processes with the area of information security.
Meet protection objectives
Information security controls ensure sustained protection and availability of critical information and assets.
Structured controls and regular reporting enable the continuous improvement of security practices in the company.
Obtaining a relevant certification (e.g., ISO/IEC 27001) creates trust and ensures the company's long-term ability to act.
Dealing with skills shortages
Many security officers (CISOs) face the challenge of not having enough cyber security experts in their own organization to adequately counter the ever-growing cyber threats to their business. Possible solutions could be to retrain existing employees, to outsource cyber security tasks to external service providers, or to set up interdisciplinary teams that cover relevant skills more broadly. Undoubtedly, the most effective and resource-saving measure is introducing ISMS software, which automates processes and allows security professionals to focus on more strategic tasks.
No company is, by nature, well-equipped to withstand all possible threats to their information security. Nowadays, this applies all the more as it is difficult to anticipate targeted attacks in today’s fast-paced world of cyber threats. Therefore, the focus should be on identifying potential vulnerabilities of the organization itself that could threaten its integrity and reputation in the future. For companies, recognizing these potential points of attack is the necessary first step that enables them to take proactive safety measures and react quickly to security breaches if they occur.
Defusing internal threats
Some threats come directly from within the company. This includes unintentional as well as intentional violations of security policies, such as unauthorized access to sensitive data. Regular internal training is essential, as well-informed employees often act as the first line of defense against potential security breaches. By understanding the importance of conscious behaviors when handling sensitive data and digital assets, very much everyone in the company can do their bit in mitigating overall risk, from identifying phishing emails to correctly managing passwords.
Our ISMS software, BIC Information Security, enables the development of a future-proof and efficient management system, either according to ISMS ISO standard or ISMS BSI Grundschutz.
- Efficient process management
Manage and improve the entire security process in a unified IT security solution, from the identification and assessment of risks to the implementation of control measures
- Security status overview
Identify critical weaknesses, monitor security measures, and track how well prepared your company is against security threats and potential breaches
- Customized control assignments
Use the control mapping funtion to individually assign controls depending on the specific objectives of each department or team within your organization
- Maturity assessment according to standards
Determine the maturity level (both target and actual) of your processes according to various standards (e.g., CMMI and evaluation via spider web)
- Compliance with norms and standards
Identify requirements from norms, laws, and standards (e.g., ISO), and ensure that your ISM complies with all applicable regulations and guidelines