The business case for taking Information Security seriously
Keeping up with Data Protection Regulation is difficult and the measures required to protect data can be complex. Are you doing enough? Can you rely on your staff to know what to do? Do you want to see the value of your business fall in the event of an avoidable security incident?
The data you keep in your business is often of a personal nature and almost certainly commercially sensitive. The increasing powers of the Information Commissioners Office to enforce compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 – ranging from audit and inspections through to enforcement notices and fines of up to £500,000 – mean all businesses have to take the issue of securing personal data seriously.
The impact of a data loss incident in terms of financial, legal and reputational can be the undoing of your business so you need an Information Security system in place.
RMT and Information Security Systems
RMT Accountants and Business Advisors are fully IAAITC accredited to provide consultancy services towards helping businesses implement Information Security Management Systems.
Using OCTAVE methodology, a widely used Standards methodology in the Information Security industry, RMT and the IAAITC have developed a process of implementing control, policies and staff training and assessments that quickly establishes an Information Security Management System that is appropriate to the risks your business faces.
Risk assessment – to identify your business risk
Critical assets – identify the business critical information assets that need protection
Controls – identify the controls to give the right level of protection you need
Policies – ready made security policy templates you can modify
Staff awareness training and assessment – raise the profile, train your staff and perform on-line staff assessments to ensure compliance.
Information security solutions that increase the bottom line. Once you have the policies in place and raised awareness amongst staff, the required technology solutions fall into place. Many businesses fall in to the trap of purchasing technical solutions without properly assessing the risk that investment seeks to address.
With our structured approach you will have properly identified what needs protecting and be able to make better use of your IT and Training budgets by ensuring that you only invest in products that you need.
How we can help
Our IAAITC accredited Information Security Consultants can help you quickly deploy an Information Security strategy that deals specifically with the risks faced in your particular business.
Our holistic approach to assessing your business risk means we can quickly implement the appropriate controls and policies you need in an easy to manage step by step approach . But because 90% of information security is down to the individual you also need to assess your staff to ensure they comply with policy.
Our unique on-line staff assessments are tailored to evaluate how well your staff understand their responsibilities and how well they understand your policies. With results reported in a clear graphical layout, managers can quickly see areas of strength and weakness and better target future training resources.