ISMS: People, processes and technology are the key

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The implementation of processes and policies within an organization to permanently define, manage, control, maintain and continuously improve information security is known as an information security management system (ISMS). In today’s world, the interaction of individuals, processes and technology is essential to the implementation of risk management in any company. Risk management is an continuous process of identifying information security risks and creating plans to mitigate those risks. While the ISMS aims to build a comprehensive information security management capability, the digital transformation of organizations requires constant improvement and evolution of security policies and controls. The ISMS aims to minimize risk and ensure business continuity while proactively limiting the impact of security breaches. The purpose of the ISMS is also to integrate IT with enterprise security and enable effective information security management for various business activities. However, best practices are not always the easiest and organizations often face significant hurdles in implementing an ISMS, such as implementing security controls for outdated systems and unsupported platforms. Organizations in highly regulated Industries such as healthcare or finance may require a broader range of security measures and risk mitigation techniques.



The recently released RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc.) Executive Report provides insight and guidance on integrating emerging risks into the risk management program. Incorporating so-called “emerging risks” is necessary to avoid future threats. Strikingly, only 27% of companies surveyed in the report consider the impact of emerging risks in their risk assessments. Only 34% consider emerging risks when determining their business strategy. Cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are just a few of the emerging technologies that are changing the way people live and work today. New forms of attack, such as Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS), are also evolving in response to technological advances. Enterprises are moving away from on-premise IT infrastructures and toward cloud-based technologies and shared service providers, automating and networking manufacturing lines via the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and adopting next-generation digital identification systems. Security professionals and business leaders face numerous opportunities and difficulties arising from today’s digital technologies and systems.

Information security vulnerabilities are becoming more complex as the world becomes increasingly technologically interconnected. With the expected widespread adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) and increasing reliance on operational technologies, security approaches must be developed. Adoption of new technologies is a way forward and emerging technologies must be leveraged to benefit enterprises. Organizations must not remain static in order to stay secure, but it is critical for anyone handling sensitive data to verify that existing security mechanisms are adequate for the risks posed by evolving technologies. Anyone working with sensitive data or evolving technologies, not just IT professionals, needs to be aware of the risks and how to manage them. In today’s increasingly complex technological ecosystem, security professionals need to increase their situational and technology awareness and work closely with business leaders to actively consider how to minimize these evolving threats.

Yahya Mohamed Mao

Yahya Mohamed Mao

Yahya Mohamed Mao is a certified GRC Professional (GRCP) and heads the Business Development & Marketing department at Swiss GRC. He is a regular contributor to industry publications and provides insights and expertise on current trends and innovations in Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), AI, Marketing and Branding.


Risk Management
Information Security (ISMS)
Internal Control System (ICS)
Compliance Management
Business continuity management (BCM)
Data protection management

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