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BS 7799 - Management of Information Security

What is BS 7799?

ICS BS 7799

What is BS 7799?

BS 7799 is a specification for the management of Information Security. It is applicable to all sectors of industry and commerce and not confined to information held on computers. It addresses the security of information in whatever form it is held.

The information may be printed or written on paper, stored electronically, transmitted by post or email, shown on films, or spoken in conversation. Whatever form the information takes, or means by which it is shared stored. BS 7799 helps an organisation ensure it is always appropriately protected.

Information security can be characterized as the preservation of:
Confidentiality - ensuring that access to information is appropriately authorized.
Integrity - safeguarding the accuracy and completeness of information and integrity processing methods.
Availability - ensuring that authorized users have access to information when they need it.

BS 7799 contains a number of control objectives and controls. These include:
~ Security policy.
~ Organizational security.
~ Asset classification and control.
~ Personnel security.
~ Physical and environmental security.
~ Communications and operations management.
~ Access control.
~ System development and maintenance.
~ Business continuity management.
~ Compliance.
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