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New information security management system standards

by Brian Sims

The revised BS ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and BS ISO/IEC 27002:2013 standards have been published. The standards, which help businesses manage information security, were first conceived at BSI in 1995 as the BS 7799. The 2013 revision of the international standard will enable businesses of all sizes and sectors to accommodate the swift evolution and increased complexity of managing information and the continual challenge that cyber security poses. This update will help further change perceptions amongst businesses that information security is limited to IT, and includes wider elements such as people. It also takes into account the interactions that can occur between other management system standards and issues such as risk management and business continuity management. ISO/IEC 27001 is one of the fastest growing management system standards used around the globe. The standard is used for third-party accredited certifications with at least 17,500 certificates having being issued in 100 countries with a continual trend of double digit growth year-on-year. Its use is supported by Code of Practice document ISO/IEC 27002. Both were developed through consensus of the international community with a membership of over 47 national standards bodies. Anne Hayes, Head of Market Development for Risk at BSI says:” Businesses need to avoid complacency with regard to information security and ensure that their practices are in line with today’s business environment. The rapid growth and pervasiveness of IT within the workplace, the rising awareness of the importance of cyber security means extra vigilance is needed and can now be better provided.” Key changes include: ‘

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