It’s that inevitable time of year where we expect to be inundated with organisations suggesting that we include them somewhere in our list of New Year’s Resolutions, or that they will help us to achieve those long-awaited business goals and objectives. Whether it’s saving money, increasing staff knowledge, improving process efficiency, or making your presence more widely known through more effective advertising, it appears that there’s always things that we could probably be doing better.
Inevitably, improving the security posture of our businesses is one of the most important considerations, but we shouldn’t be waiting for an arbitrary date in the calendar as a call to action. Looking back at 2016, we have seen the exponential rise in malware and ransomware, the inevitable increase in reported data losses and breaches (TalkTalk, Tesco Bank, Yahoo, Netflix etc.) changes to global surveillance and monitoring activities, and the looming elephant-in-the-room of GDPR. Not much to seasonably celebrate here.
At InfoSaaS, we’ve helped eight organisations to realise their ISO27001 goals during 2016, with several others waiting for Stage 2 assessments in January 2017. It’s fantastic when we receive positive feedback following these milestones, and we’re always receptive to comments that allows us to further develop and improve our services for the future. Recent updates have included additions to the granularity of our Statement of Applicability, the introduction of an integrated Risk Register, and improvements to our documentation packs. Just around the corner in 2017 we will introduce our Privacy Impact Assessment module, which will significantly help to address one of the core requirements of GDPR. We’ve also expanded into North America, Canada and Australia through our network of approved partners, providing ready access to effective support within their communities.
To us, and our customers, a robust approach to information security is “business as usual” – it’s not as if the hackers of the world will all stop hacking on 25th December so that they can tuck into their Christmas Day turkey and watch the Queen’s speech! So we’re not playing fanfares or promising the unbelievable for 2017, just a polite reminder that InfoSaaS should be on your list if you are looking to get information security under control next year, or simply improving the efficiency or effectiveness of your existing ISMS.
But Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a seasonal gift. So, after consulting the InfoSaaS elves, for any new customers taking out a “Team 15” account for our IT risk assessment solution, until 28th February 2017 we will provide a free of charge version of all five of our Document Packs, saving over GBP 300. Our popular documentation templates provide an excellent starting point for developing specific information security policies and supporting procedures that support an effective Information Security Management System, which in turn supports the achievement and retention of ISO27001 certifications.
On behalf of the InfoSaaS Team, we wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Secure New Year.