ISOQAR is actively engaging with small businesses to demonstrate how the use of Information  Security management systems (ISMS) and standards can help them address the risks associated with the security of their information and data.

We recently took part in a panel discussion at the (British Energy Coast) BEC InfoSecurity Conference on January 23rd 2014 to debate the challenges facing SMEs and discuss the benefits of implementing the information security management system standard, ISO 27001.

A recent survey by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) found that the number of information security breaches affecting UK businesses continues to rise. Small businesses are most at risk, with 87 per cent reporting a security breach in the last year and the average cost of the worst types of breaches standing at £35,000 to £65,000. The survey concluded that companies are struggling to keep up with security threats and are finding it hard to take the right actions.

image002Tariq Abdoh, Technical Sales Manager at ISOQAR who took part in the panel discussion said: “Assuring the integrity and security of data is critical to the sustainability of an organisation. Breaches are not only costly to small businesses but also detrimental to reputation and will ultimately have a negative effect on the bottom line of an organisation.

“Implementing a management standard such as ISO 27001 can help a business put in place a robust framework to guard against such cybercrime and other data attacks.  ISO 27001 provides a structure to better identify, plan for and respond to the prevalence of cyber attacks. Since the standard requires buy-in from the whole organisation, it also serves as an important lever for developing a culture of security.”