How does information security enable the daily business operations? At times, the interaction between information security and business can be very expensive and can be stressful. This, in turn, frustrates the professionals in both the business and information security. If the experts aim for different results, they must act differently.
This article highlights some of the critical success actions for information security experts to implement in order to improve in this situation and their daily activities.
Reflect business objectives in information security activities
The main aim business is created to do business, not security. At times, management boards view information security as another support area in the business. Information security is an important function, but it cannot be core to the business.
Assume it, and work with it. Ensure that the business objectives are reflected in the information security objectives, policy, and activities. It is imperative for all security elements to be strategically aligned.
Embrace the organization’s culture
The framework which organizations follow to implement, maintain, monitor and improve information security must be consistent with the organizational culture. It is impossible to replace or change the organizational culture from information security. This cannot be requested by the organizations too.
Integrate information security with the information systems strategy
Most of the information in businesses resides on their IT systems. Information security play the significant IT role in mitigating and allocating risks. So, businesses should link their information security strategies with the information systems strategy.
Develop a security program and enforce it
Most security programs are developed to safeguard the current information in the businesses. Many organizations usually benefit from articulating and implementing their policies on information security.
So, it is important to develop a strategy to improve information security management in the entire enterprise and enforce the strategy. The information security manager should be responsible for the implementation of the strategy.
Follow standard as a consistent reference model
When establishing an information security governance framework, it is advisable to follow an internationally recognized reference framework. Many organizations prefer following set standards rather than doing it impromptu.
Adopting information security standards assures customers, trading partners, and staff that their data is safe, and this fact can be verified independently. In addition, it is also good to use case studies to help you understand the consequences of the risks you face.
Communicate the business value of the information security
It is also important to familiarize yourself more on the need for information security. Also, Information security requires internal marketing. Organizations should ensure that they undertake an effective information security marketing at all levels of the organization.
They should come up with an effective incident management process and allow it to guide the internal marketing activities.
Communicate clearly on the business value of information security. This should be done through common languages used to describe risks and useful metrics to measure the performance and management of the information security.
Information security managers should translate the benefits of information security practices into clear business terms. Through this, security activities are enhanced and understood, but more importantly, it helps in defining risk ownership.
Get support, commitment and the required funds from the management
The management can easily support and sponsor information security if the above actions prove to be successful. The management’s support is very essential for the survival and growth of the information security strategy.
Ensure the management communicates the organization’s risk appetite and risk tolerance and ensure that risk management constitutes everybody’s job description.
Spend resources wisely and transparently
Organizations should prioritize their expenditures on risk management. They should avoid spending excessively in risk assessment than what they would spend if the security breaches happened.
They should also have transparent financial spending on mitigating these risks. Otherwise, critics of information security can have a way to prove the ineffectiveness of information security.