In today’s 24-hour economy, a company can no longer be managed effectively without adequate information that is accurate, complete and timely available to the user. Services need to be available at any time of the day. This makes information one of the most valuable assets for any company.
Information has thus become an important factor of production, of which its confidentiality, integrity and availability must be guaranteed. This guarantee arises from the use of a well-chosen combination of technical measures, policies and procedures that are aligned with business strategy and objectives. The ultimate goal is to reduce risk to all critical business processes by preventing security incidents or by minimizing the consequences of a security incident. All at acceptable costs.
In an increasingly interconnected environment, information is exposed to a growing number and wider variety of risks. Threats such as malware, ransomware, computer hacking and denial-of-service attacks have become more common. These threats are ambitious and sophisticated, making implementing, maintaining and updating information security in a company more of a challenge.
Managing the Information Security program
Embedding information security in a company requires compliance with various laws, regulations, (industry) standards and frameworks. Stakeholders, both internal and external, also set increasingly higher requirements for the security of (confidential) information. The practical mechanism for enabling this is through the creation of an information security program.
Today’s information security program encompasses more than just firewalls and passwords. It is a company-wide program that is designed to enable the business to operate in a state of reduced risk. Effective management of information security is of vital importance to any company. The Chief Information Security Officer, or CISO, defines and directs the program that manages the information security risks in your company. This program is very often referred to as an “Information Security Management System” (or ISMS): a framework that is a combination of well-defined policies, processes, procedures, standards and guidelines for establishing the required level of information security. The table below shows how all pieces of a comprehensive ISMS fit together:
Having a CISO or someone with a comparable function in your organization has become standard practice. Many businesses however do not have the resources to employ a Chief Information Security Officer full-time and often don’t know how to articulate the needs and responsibilities of a CISO.
In other cases, companies may need the guidance of a senior expert to improve their security or compliance. Crowe Peak IT Advisory offers “CISO-as-a-service” to help you manage your security needs. Our expert security professionals help businesses take control of information security by developing, implementing and managing a tailored ISMS which helps minimize risk and ensures business continuity by pro-actively limiting the impact of a security breach. With CISO-as-a-service you decide how much effort and support is required for your business, without having to employ a CISO yourself. Our CISOs are at your disposal on times that suit you best.
Our CISO-as-a-service may cover:
- Security policy, process, and procedure development;
- Security training and awareness;
- Security incident identification, reporting and control;
- (Cyber) security testing;
- Identification and access management;
- Monitoring threats and taking preventive measures;
- Establishing a disaster recovery plan and a business continuity plan;
- Conducting third-party vendor security assessments;
- Risk management.
We start by learning about your organization and understanding your business objectives. We then develop a plan that aligns with your security needs. From there, we are able to function as an extension of your business and deliver expert information security insight, leadership and support.
Nowadays, information security has never been more important. Stakeholders and regulators demand companies to get serious about their information security. A growing number of companies are actively hiring a dedicated (external) CISO to help handle sensitive data and reduce the risk of security breaches that can cost organizations both financially and in terms of their reputation among customers. Our CISO-as-a-service provides the following benefits:
- A flexible and cost-effective alternative to a company employed (full time) CISO;
- Scalable, to align with your needs;
- Crowe Peak will provide you access to a team of information/cyber security experts;
- Our CISOs help business leaders think strategically about information security;
- Information security coaching of your business leaders and IT teams;
- Our CISOs help you protect your company’s information and information assets.
Hiring a CISO has many benefits, but it doesn’t guarantee that your business will not be the victim of a cyberattack. However, there are many benefits to improving security practices and hiring a CISO with a clear understanding of how information security programs work.
Are you interested in CISO-as-a-service? Or do you have questions about how Crowe Peak can help improve your security practices? Please feel free to contact us today.