What is an Information Security Management System (ISMS)?
An information security management system (ISMS) is a detailed documentation of an organization’s information security and privacy policies. It describes a systematic approach toward risk management that consists of security controls covering people, processes, and technologies.
While organizations can include both globally accepted and industry-specific security standards in their ISMSs, they can use several frameworks for them. One example is ISO 27001, which provides specific requirements for an effective ISMS. Although ISO 27001 certification is not obligatory, several organizations worldwide implement the standard to guide their ISMS implementations. That is because ISO 27001 describes best practices in securing digital assets, such as intellectual property, employee information, customer data, and other information entrusted to an organization.