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What Is an Information Security Management System Assessment?

An ISMS assessment is a collection of processes used to manage information security. An ISMS covers specific information security controls, as well as the processes used to identify an organization’s information assets, classify those assets, assess risks related to those assets, determine the data protections to be applied, develop security policies and standards, and monitor both compliance to policies and standards and monitor the performance of the security program.

Having an ISMS risk assessment performed provides the following advantages for companies:

  • Establishes direction for information security procedures,
  • Defines roles and responsibilities and enhances accountability,
  • Helps meet compliance goals, and
  • Boosts defenses against cyber-attacks.

What Is Involved in the ISMS Risk Assessment Methodology?

An ISMS assessment is typically performed against an established security framework, such as ISO27001, NIST CSF, or FISMA (which is based on NIST 800-53).

ISMS reviews are usually conducted through interviews with key control process owners, walkthroughs of control processes, and a review of policies, standards, and control artifacts to determine if the key control processes are being performed.

What Types of Organizations Benefit from ISMS Assessments?

Any company looking to improve its security posture, reduce risk, or implement a commercially reasonable security program should consider this type of assessment.

The I.S. Partners Approach

When you work with I.S. Partners, the objective of assessment is to provide recommendations to improve the overall security posture of your company. Contact our team for a consultation about how we can help your organization.

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