Information Security Management Systems

Instructor: David Gloag
Securing information is extremely important in today's day and age. In this lesson, we'll take a look at information security, what it is, what information security management is, and the systems that enforce it.

Information, the Key to Everything

Information is important to us. We use credit card information when we purchase something, our families use recipe information when they prepare meals, and companies use account information for sales and billing efforts. It's hard to imagine our world without information. But with it comes a certain responsibility, a need to protect that information. We do it by adding passwords when the information is important, like that in our bank accounts or cell phones. Business does it in a more formal fashion, by applying the idea of information security, and the systems that help them accomplish it.

What is Information Security?

Information security, imaginatively enough, is about protecting information. It is the area of computer science that focuses on identifying, eliminating, and protecting against, any adverse effect on the information a business collects and uses. As you might imagine, this is no easy task, and employs a variety of technologies to accomplish its goals. For example, passwords are often used to protect networks and accounts, swipe cards or fobs are used to access to non-public areas, and in sensitive areas biometric methods like fingerprints and retinal scans are used. Each of these methods is unique, which is characteristic of the different situations information security must handle.

What is Information Security Management System?

An information security management system (ISMS) is a collection of policies and procedures meant to safeguard information no matter where it is used. Many businesses employ information security management, although it varies greatly depending on the business in question. As an example, think about the place you work. Do they not have rules about where you can go within the building? Or what information you are allowed to see? Are there restrictions on who can enter the computer room and when? These are examples of information security management in action, and they are there to ensure that business information remains in a pristine state.

Why are Information Security Management Systems Important?

Information security management systems are important because they provide a couple of significant benefits with respect to information. In particular:

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