Are you running a small business and want to ensure that every information technology system in the company is well secured? Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises or IASME standards offer you this security guarantee.
Cyber Essentials is a government introduced cyber security scheme that was started to increase the security among the business and system connection. The threat that businesses face while they store their valuable information in technologies have been increased in recent times and this situation triggered the government in funding such a security project.
Vulnerabilities in small and medium technical systems has made them easy targets to the bad guys in internet. There were standards like ISO27001 that offered international security standards, but are not manageable by small businesses. Thus IASME came into action and they have been proved one of the best standards among the SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises).
Steps to attain this standard is similar to Cyber essentials scheme, where you should choose for IASME from the accreditation bodies and continue the process of self assessment and answering the questionnaires. Unlike usual Cyber Essentials scheme, these standards have an additional of 130 to 140 questions in their questionnaire.
These extra questions will cover the other aspects like physical security, risk management, restorability and so on. Once the questionnaire is completed, it can be submitted to the certification body for reviewing and certification.
For self assessment, the company officials can attend a simple course, where the experts will inform you about the security requirements. It is a brief and practical course that will help you get knowledge about basic technical security standards.
This course is designed in a way that even a person with no basic technical knowledge can be participated and once attended will be beneficial for everyone. This course is aimed to teach and train you about the core security as well as the IASME requirements.
With this knowledge, you will be able to complete your cyber security assessment and with the strong advice of an expert technical staff you can complete the questionnaire yourself. You will be confident about the security and will know more about the technical concepts. If in doubt you can approach the expert with right knowledge.
The course will help you to assess the following concepts:
- Organization, their assets and physical aspects
- Management and responsibility in risky times
- Control of accessibility
- Company policies, renewing and updation
- Monitoring technical aspects
- Malware and intrusion scans
- Management of the incident and continuity of business
This course can be attended by anyone responsible for the company, who may or may not have any technical background. The course will cost only a few hundred dollars and will be beneficial. Proper training and group trial assessment in a virtual cyber incident situation, under supervision, will help you in your future as well.
Like Cyber Essentials plus, IASME standard has an enhanced level of auditing as well. It is called IASME Gold Certification. This can be obtained by opting for this type certification while selecting one from the accreditation body.