The media scrutiny continues into the breach of security in which the personal data of over 100m of Sony’s online game users, including PlayStation users, has been compromised. We thought you might therefore be interested in the views of Alan Calder, chief executive of information security experts IT Governance.
Calder says: “The Sony breach should serve as a warning, to every company and organisation, of the dangers of cyber crime.
“The ISO27001 security management standard is international best practice for any organisation seeking a structured framework to address cyber risks. Enlightened organisations will want to know their supply chain and other business partners are resilient against attack, and many companies will insist ISO27001 is both implemented and independently verified before entering into contracts with partners.
“Nobody should delay in implementing an IT security improvement programme. The cost of complacency can be enormous, not only financially but also in terms of long-term brand and reputational damage. The threats are very real – and if you are not properly prepared, you could be tomorrow’s victim.”
By way of a short bio, Alan Calder is a leading author on information security and IT governance issues. Alan is an authority on ISO27001 (formerly BS7799), the international security standard, about which he wrote the definitive compliance guide, ‘IT Governance: A Manager’s Guide to Data Security and ISO27001/ISO27002’. This work is the basis for the UK Open University’s postgraduate course on information security.