Information security management is the process of protecting an organization’s data and assets against potential threats. One of the primary goals of these processes is to protect data confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Information security management may be driven both internally by corporate security policies and externally by regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility Act (HIPAA), and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
The average organization collects a great deal of data. This includes sensitive customer data, intellectual property, and other data that is vital to an organization’s competitive advantage and ability to operate.
The value of this data means that it is under constant threat of being stolen by cybercriminals or encrypted by ransomware. An effective security management architecture is vital because organizations need to take steps to secure this data to protect themselves and their customers.
The objective of information security management is to protect data:
The confidentiality, integrity, and availability of an organization’s data can be threatened in various ways. Information security management involves identifying the potential risks to an organization, assessing their likelihood and potential impact, and developing and implementing remediation strategies designed to decrease risk as much as possible with available resources.
An organization’s information security management strategy may be driven by multiple different factors. The program may be inspired by internal policies or required by external forces. Both of these potential drivers have associated standards and compliance.
In some cases, an organization’s internal security policies and business goals may require implementation of info security management systems. For example, ISO 27001, an international standard describing security best practices, mandates the implementation of an information security management system. Companies that want to certify against ISO 27001 will need to implement it.
An organization’s security management program may also be driven by external factors. For example, many organizations operate under one or more data protection regulations.
Some common examples include:
These and other data privacy laws may explicitly or implicitly require the implementation of an info security management program. Even if such a program is not explicitly required, complying with regulatory data security requirements scalably and sustainably makes implementing strong security management processes and procedures necessary.
In addition to improving an organization’s data security, an infosec management program can provide the following benefits:
One of the core tenets of security information management is the development of an integrated, holistic security strategy that effectively addresses an organization’s data security risks. This is best accomplished with a consolidated security architecture that enables efficient security monitoring and management.
Check Point’s unified cybersecurity platform was designed with comprehensive, consolidated security management in mind based on four pillars:
To learn more about how Check Point can enhance and enable your organization’s information security management, we invite you to download our security management whitepaper. Then, feel free to sign up for a free demo to see Check Point’s unified cybersecurity platform in action.