A Guide to writing an Information Security Policy
What is the course about?
SME’s are not exempt from cyber security threats and data compliance obligations and urgently need to embrace information systems and technologies if they wish to survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive market. According to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, 40% of SME’s last year suffered from cyber security breaches and attacks. Nearly, 10% had to change the nature of the business due to the increasing average cost of security breach.
In order to be compliant with national and international information and data protection laws and regulations, SME’s need to introduce appropriate and effective cyber security and data protection controls. The Information Security Policy forms the basis of these controls.
A well thought through information security policy will also address the human factor and take the organisation’s specificities into consideration. We are all aware that no matter how strong or advanced security applications or technical controls are, protecting the company’s data assets will heavily depend on the people within the organisation. People unfortunately are the weakest link in any information security and privacy programme albeit rarely intentionally. The Board and the executive team are ultimately responsible for security breaches, no matter if they occur due to an employee’s misconduct, plain negligence or for the simple reason that employees are not aware of threat and how to protect against them.
A comprehensive Information Security Policy therefore covers a range of topics, from identifying data assets, defining security objectives to establishing and enforcing formal, written policies and guidelines which govern employees’ behaviour.
This full day course is designed to give a practical introduction about the importance of having an information security policy and to provide clear guidelines on how to develop and to document a well-thought through and effective policy that ensures information security, is aligned with the business strategy, reduces the impact of identified and diverse risks, manages resources and infrastructure effectively and efficiently and delivers value for the security investment made.
Who should attend this course?
Board members, C-suite executives and everyone responsible for the protection of the organisation’s data and assets (CEO, COO, CFO CTO, CISO, CSO, and Directors of IT, Data Protection, Compliance Officer and Information security personal).
What is the course outcome?
At the end of the course attendees will:
- Understand the central role of the Information Security Policy in securing business assets and delivering value to the business
- Have practical knowledge of the different types of information security policies and their core components
- Develop, implement, and maintain various types of information security policies
What is the agenda?
- 10.00am: Registration at techUK London reception
- 10.30am: Introduction to the course and getting to know each other
- 10.50am: What is an information security policy and why it is important.
- 11.50am: Coffee break
- 12.00pm: When and How to write an information security policy: part 1
- 13.00pm: Lunch break
- 14.00pm: How to write and develop an information security policy
- 15.20pm: Tea break
- 15.40pm: Implementing and maintaining an information security policy
- 16.45pm: Course summary and thank you
Who is the course leader?
The course will be delivered by Shadi A. Razak, Partner and Head of Cyber Security and Compliance at CyNation. Shadi is a cyber security and business digitalisation expert, with a strong foundation in business and IT strategy. His expertise in information security management, security governance and compliance, cloud security and business digitalisation has made him a sought after advisor to and coach for a number of international blue chip companies, government organisations, and SME’s in the UK, and the MENA region for the past 15 years. He has been a visiting lecturer at a number of international and British universities and is currently a Board Member and President of the Information Security Group (ISG) Alumni, Technology and Finance Society and a mentor for a number of FinTech and SecurityTech start-ups in London.
techUK Members – £295.00
Non Members – £495.00
Price (excluding VAT)
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