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Who is Responsible for Information Security?

Compliance Knowledge Base | Information Security

Posted by: India Wentworth Published: Wed, 15 Aug 2018 Last Reviewed: Wed, 15 Aug 2018
Who is Responsible for Information Security?

Having good information security is paramount for organisations and individuals alike. The need to follow best information security practices and maintain awareness levels amongst members of staff should be a priority. By maintaining a consistent level of awareness and training, organisations can not only keep themselves safe from hackers, but also their customers, contacts, and suppliers. When everyone is vigilant about information security it reflects well on your organisation in the commercial and business communities.

Failing to adopt proper information security measures can mean trouble for organisations, and even lead to a data breach. Cyber criminals are a threat to all organisations that store and process data digitally, and management teams need to be proactive in keeping on top of these threats and communicating best practice amongst all their employees.

A Shared Responsibility

Everyone is responsible for the security of information within a business. No matter your position, from the owner down to a summer intern, by being involved in the business and handling data, you have to make sure to keep information secure and remain vigilant to security threats like hackers.

Contractors or temporary staff are often forgotten about when it comes to their involvement in the discussion around information security. However, it is the responsibility of the organisation to ensure that anybody representing the company and working within it is properly trained on information security awareness. There is no defence for non-permanent workers when it comes to data breaches and reporting them to the ICO.

By creating an environment where employees feel a shared responsibility and sense of accountability for protecting information security, you are creating what's known as a 'compliance culture'. If you expect your employees to take cyber-security seriously, it's important that the push for protection and vigilance starts from the top and works down, empowering all members of staff.

By fostering a culture where employees are offered regular training and are held accountable for their information security efforts, workplace attitudes towards compliance can change for the better. By doing this, cyber security training goes way beyond what is simply mandated by law and becomes part of everyday working life practices.

Who is Responsible for Information Security?

Information Security Professionals

Some organisations choose to employ a designated information security professional to oversee their data processes and ensure that training is updated and offered regularly to members of staff.

Having someone designated to protect the company's systems and data means that the matter is always being dealt with, and figures show that the need for this sort of support is growing. Unsurprisingly, since nearly half of businesses in the UK have experienced a security breach of some sort.

Information security professionals keep an eye on computer networks to ensure everything is being done to protect the information from cyber criminals and that software is updated in a timely manner. They will also undertake risk assessments on a regular basis to identify and mitigate security risks in the organisation's processes. Without this constant monitoring and analysis, businesses, public organisations, government agencies and individuals are vulnerable to security risks.

They can also provide consultation services, teaching people how to get to grips with security technologies, and create the information security framework for the organisation that means sensitive data remains protected from threats.

Their expertise in systems such as databases, networks, and encryption, means that they can keep everything running smoothly, and reduce the chance that they will be the next victims to have been exploited by hackers through the theft of financial and personal information.

By identifying and securing any weaknesses, they not only manage current problems, but make sure incidents can't occur in the future. Assessing and mitigating risks whilst enhancing system security, the risk of management of the business is seen as first class, maintaining a business that goes beyond the expectations of the law.

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