ISF Standard of Good Practice

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ISF (Information Security Forum) Standard of Good Practice delivers practical guidance and solutions to overcome wide-ranging security challenges impacting business information today. It addresses information security from a business perspective, providing a practical basis for assessing an organisation’s information security arrangements.

The Standard represents part of the ISF's information risk management suite of products and is based on a wealth of material, in-depth research, and the extensive knowledge and practical experience of ISF Members worldwide.

The following information gives a brief account of the ISF standard of good practice. Each requirement of the standard are broken down further into more specific sub-requirements that can be mapped back to both the Security Principles that drive them and the Design Patterns that satisfy them.


Contents

Standards Outline

  • Security Management (Enterprise-Wide)
    • High Level Direction
    • Security Organisation
    • Security Requirements
    • Secure Environment
    • Malicious Attack
    • Special Topics
    • Management Review
  • Critical Business Applications
    • Business Requirements for Security
    • Application Management
    • User Environment
    • System Management
    • Local Security Management
    • Special Topics
  • Computer Installations
    • Installation Management
    • Live Environment
    • System Operation
    • Access Control
    • Local Security Management
    • Service Continuity
  • Networks
    • Network Management
    • Traffic Management
    • Network Operations
    • Local Security Management
    • Voice Networks
  • Systems Development
    • Development Management
    • Local Security Management
    • Business Requirements
    • Design and Build
    • Testing
    • Implementation
  • End User Environment
    • Local Security Management
    • Corporate Business Applications
    • Desktop Applications
    • Computing Devices
    • Electronic Communications
    • Environment Management


Standard Practice

The approach taken in developing The Standard of Good Practice ensures the content is comprehensive in its coverage of information security topics, is unambiguous and measurable. As a result, organisations can use the Standard to:

  • Improve their information security policies, standards and procedures
  • Measure the effectiveness of information security across the organisation
  • Raise awareness of information security enterprise-wide
  • Develop or improve information security controls
  • Comply with internal and external information security requirements
  • Undertake information risk analysis of important applications and systems.

These practices will map directly into the Security Principles.

Licensing and Documentation

The license associated with the ISF standards does not permit public distribution or reproduction, however it can be downloaded for personal or business use directly from the ISF Standard of Good Practice website.

A high-level outline can be found on ISF-Security Standard.

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