What is Information Security Program?

Information Security program is a set of processes and documents implemented to execute the organization’s strategy for addressing risks to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data. It is important to note, that while Cybersecurity has been a popular marketing word lately, Cybersecurity mainly deals with protecting digital assets. In contrast, Information Security deals with threats to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data in all forms and threat vectors. Cybersecurity is an essential component of any Information Security Program.  

A mature Information Security Program consists of several components including:

  • Information Security Governance and Oversight
  • Security Policies, Processes, Standards, etc.
  • Risk Management
  • Access Management
  • Security Incident Monitoring and Response
  • Threat and Vulnerability Management
  • Security Awareness and Training
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  • Physical Security
  • Compliance Management

This is important that the organization has an appointed role (such as CISO) responsible for Information Security Program management.

Who Needs Information Security Program?

An information security program is critical for ensuring continuous data protection and compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Any organization that stores, processes, or transmits data that needs to be protected from unauthorized access or destruction needs to have an Information Security Program. Without a program, it will be difficult to protect sensitive data and comply with regulations in an effective and efficient manager. 

Additionally, having an established information security program is required for several audits and certifications including ISO 27001SOC 2, and HITRUST.

How can Planet 9 help?

Planet 9 employs seasoned professionals with years of experience working in various private industries including healthcare, e-commerce, finance, software development, manufacturing, and technology, where they held senior leadership positions responsible for information security and compliance. Based on the client’s security and compliance needs, we will help develop an effective and efficient Information Security Program. If necessary, our Virtual CISOs can help the client manage the program on an ongoing basis.