The key to managing data securely

Gaining certification in either ISO 27001 or the DESE Scheme shows that an organisation has identified any risks or areas of weakness and implemented security measures to protect its internal and customer data.

What is ISO 27001 certification and the DESE Scheme?

ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised standard that sets the requirements for a best-practice information security management system (ISMS). The requirements guide organisations, regardless of size or industry, on how to build, manage, and improve their ISMS.

The ISO 27001 standard is considered the benchmark for maintaining customer and stakeholder confidentiality and data security. In order to gain certification, a business’ ISMS is audited by an independent consultant to evaluate internal processes against the standards’ recommended best practices.

Further to the Australian Federal Government requiring all providers of employment skills training and disability employment services to hold ISO 27001 certification, the DESE Scheme is an extended version of the ISO 27001 standard that includes additional controls from the Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM) to protect people, processes and IT infrastructure.

The DESE Scheme aims to help organisations equip themselves with a framework that encompasses both national and international components to allow organisations to manage the organisation’s sensitive data. The ISMS brings together people, processes, and technology to help coordinate all security efforts (both electronic and physical) in a clear, consistent, and viable way.

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