Debunking the Myth of ISO 27001

1 Jul, 2019

There is one common misconception of ISO 27001 and it is easy to see why!

With the way in which businesses operate today, it’s easy to see why there is confusion over ISO 27001.  One of the most common misconceptions is that it is a cyber-exclusive standard but this is not the case.  Physical data is included too.

With cyber security being a high priority to over 75% of businesses (Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019), we shouldn’t forget that, the very items that hold our data could be lost, stolen or damaged too.  For example, if you hop on a train during rush hour, you will no doubt see fellow commuters working away on laptops, phones and even notebooks.  In the rush, something as small as a USB stick could easily be left behind and within a heartbeat, the very data you’ve been trying to protect could be gone.  It’s that easy.

Of course, you don’t have to be out and about to be at risk.  This could just as easily happen at your place of work.  Do you have the security measures in place to protect your computers and smartphones? Are your confidential files in a secure cabinet? Do you know which staff members have keys to your premises?

ISO 27001 will help you manage all the risks involved.  It promotes the efficient management of your data (both electronically and physically), highlighting vulnerabilities to ensure you are adequately protected against potential threats.

Some tips on protecting your physical data include:

  • Passwords should never be written down and left on display, especially on your monitor!
  • Never share your password with anyone.
  • Always lock your computer when leaving your desk.
  • A clear desk policy will reduce the risk of sensitive information being easily lost or stolen.
  • Always clear whiteboards, clipboards etc. of any sensitive information when you’re finished.

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