What is Information Security Compliance?

Australian organisations are under increasing scrutiny about how they are protecting and using their business data. It is critical that information about employees, clients, products, processes and strategy remains secure.

Information Security compliance enables organisations to manage the security of their data, including the personal details of their clients and employees, financial information, intellectual property, etc by dictating a best practice methodology to comply with.

Increasingly, industries are being required to gain compliance against information security frameworks such as ISO 27001 Information Standard and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment services (DESE) Information Security Management System Scheme and more.


What is ISO 27001 and the DESE ISMS 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 ISMS 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 ISMS 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.

For more information on how Diamond IT can support the information security compliance needs of your industry, contact our team today.

How we've helped customers with their Information Security

Continual improvement is something Castle values highly, both in our approach to information security and in the way we deliver services to our community. Engaging with a partner, like Diamond IT, who could help navigate the complexities of the evolving risk controls made us confident that the commencement of our journey of the RFFR through readiness and planning, was in expert hands.


Linda Martin - Manager of Governance, Risk & Ethics, Castle

Preparing our submission for the DESE ISMS Scheme was no small feat. Diamond IT’s ability to educate our stakeholders about the process and translate each requirement into an achievable action was invaluable. We greatly appreciate Diamond IT’s expertise and efforts and look forward to our continued partnership.

Steve Wait - CEO, The Business Centre

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