When combining the complexity of doing business in the digital world with emerging regulations, expanding cybersecurity threats, and vendor risk management strategies adopted by clients and partners, a documented, sustainable information security program is an essential element of any organization’s operation. Whether an organization plans to create its first infosec program, enhance and strengthen an existing program, or certify a program to meet industry or international standards, taking a proactive approach to information security management is more than merely smart business; it is a necessary step for protecting assets, limiting risk, and avoiding liability.
Know Where You Are.
Understand Where You Want to Be.
Taking a proactive approach to developing or enhancing an information security program begins with understanding the specific needs of the business: Which assets need to be protected — high value and high risk — and what is the impact if they are affected by a security incident? The starting point and foundational structure of a program will depend largely on the size of the organization, its existing information security capabilities, its appetite for risk, and specific quality-assurance, control, and audit requirements. So before diving right into the building stage, take the time to determine the scope and strategy of the program.
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