The Service

Many organisations utilise ad hoc approaches to their information security practices that are not risk-based or provide a specific framework or structure to follow. More often than not this results in weaker security, increased costs and poor compliance.

Standards are tried and tested frameworks that provide you with a more efficient and effective way of working. In today’s data driven world where cybersecurity threats are a growing concern, more organisations are realising the benefits of standardising their approach and management of information security to industry best practice and standards.

Information security standards provide you with the knowledge to appropriately and efficiently protect your critical information assets. They help you improve your performance, reduce your risks and sustain your business. In addition, they help you demonstrate your commitment to customers, regulators and internal stakeholders, that you value both their information and your reputation.

The Benefits

  • Improve data protection and information security

  • Reduce costs

  • Minimise your organisations’ risks

  • Assure internal and external stakeholders of your commitment to information security

  • Enhance the performance of you existing information security resources and processes

  • Encourage successful and responsible innovation

The Challenge

Information security standards are generally applicable to all organisations regardless of size, industry and sector. In today’s competitive markets, implementing standards including information security, will help you compete more effectively with your competitors. Additionally, they will help you demonstrate your commitment to internal and external stakeholders.

When identifying the most appropriate best practice framework or standard, you should take in to account your regulatory requirements, the scope and how it will interact with other standards and processes already implemented within your organisation.

Our Process

At BH Consulting we provide consultancy and assessment services to help organisations become compliant with the following information security standards and frameworks;

ISO 27001:2013 is a globally recognised international standard for Information Security Management System (ISMS). The ISMS is a comprehensive framework that applies a risk-based approach in offering a set of best practice controls that can be applied to your organisation based on the risks you face.

The standard helps you preserve the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your key information assets. In turn it also gives confidence to your internal and external stakeholders that you are adequately managing your risks. What’s more, by fulfilling the requirements of the ISO standard, you will be fulfilling the majority of the requirements of other standards and regulations such as the EU General Data Protection (GDPR).

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is an information security standard specifically for organisations that accept, store, transmit or process cardholder data. The standard is mandated by the major card brands and is administered by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, to decrease payment card fraud and in turn increase security.

The PCI standard provides you with a baseline of security requirements as a starting point for other regulations. It also reduces the risk of data breaches, protects your customers while building their trust and reduces your overall operational costs.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a legislation that was enacted in the United States for healthcare providers. It provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medication information. 

HIPAA helps you streamline your organisation’s administrative functions, improve quality and efficiency. More importantly, it ensures confidential patient health information is handled, stored and shared securely. Thus, building patient trust and demonstrating your proactive approach to data protection. 

The Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2), is an EU Directive, that expanded the scope of the original Payment Services Directive, coupled with the Open Banking Standard. PSD2 regulates payment services and payment service providers throughout the European Union and European Economic Area. It mandates the opening of banks’ application programming interfaces (APIs) to third parties, while ensuring enhanced security and strong customer protection.

The directive provides lower costs, more choice and higher security for consumers. It gives merchants higher security and greater flexibility to differentiate customer experiences. In addition, it opens the market to new entrants, driving further competition and accelerating innovation within the banking industry.

Cyber Essentials is a global cost-effective IT security standard for companies of all sizes. It helps organisations demonstrate to their customers and internal stakeholders that the most essential levels of cyber security controls have been implemented. The standard covers five key controls that help protect organisations from possible data breaches and leaks; boundary firewalls and internet gateways, security configuration, access control, malware protection and patch management and software updates.

The standard helps you protect your organisation against majority of cyber-attacks. You can also demonstrate your commitment to information security to clients and suppliers while boosting your brand reputation and trust.

ISO/IEC 27701:2019 is an extension to ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27002 for privacy information management. It is a set of requirements and guidelines for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving a Privacy Information Management System (PIMS) in the form of an extension to ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27002 for privacy management within the context of the organisation.

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