What Is An Information Security Management System (ISMS)?

An information security management system (ISMS) is a documented, structured approach to integration of information security and data protection practices into an organization’s business processes. ISO 27001 outlines minimal requirements for defining and documenting the elements of an ISMS. If your ISMS enables effective risk assessment, management, and mitigation, it can make your business more resistant to threats and trustworthy.

An ISMS can benefit any company, whatever its size or primary business. However, how you develop, deploy, and manage your ISMS must be driven by well-defined and -documented policies, procedures, and processes. These controls may be manual, aided by technologies, or a combination of both approaches.

An ISMS Governing Body typically oversees the ISMS. You should ensure executive leadership and IT and security leaders and managers participate.

How Trustero Can Help

Trustero Compliance as a Service (CaaS) is cloud-based compliance automation software. It includes multiple features that simplify audit readiness and enable continuous compliance with SOC 2. For example, Trustero CaaS constantly monitors key components of your ISMS. The Trustero solution can also notify administrators, audit managers or ISMS Governing Body members when an ISMS element fails or falls out of SOC 2 compliance.

SOC 2 is built upon the System and Organizational Controls (SOC) developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Five Trust Services Criteria (TSC) — Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, and Privacy — form the foundation of the SOC framework. SOC 2 compliance therefore requires adherence to several specific recommendations focused on information management and security.

The features of Trustero Compliance as a Service that enable continuous compliance with SOC 2 can also aid and enhance ISMS practices. The Trustero solution can also improve information security and identify potential threats to it.

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