(By Morey Haber, August 2017) In May 2016, the Australian government released a new version of its Information Security Manual (ISM – link now updated for 2017) – guidance on information security and governance. The manual has become the backbone of recommended security guidance in addition to the Australian Signals Directorate’s “Essential Eight” for securing organisations in the public and private sector.
While the security community recognises the effectiveness of many standards – from SANS to CIS to NIST – the Australian government has made significant advances in bringing its organisations in compliance with best practices. The benefits of government research have been translated into this manual and what all organisations should consider for workflow, processes and accountability. If we consider that the next generation economy is now the backbone of commerce and government (and military in many respects), we need a way to do business and mitigate any risks from our adversaries that can exploit our assets, users, and resources.
ISM Helps Ensure a Standard Methodology for Defending Against Cyberattacks
As assessment, mitigation, remediation, and privilege management functions continue to improve, so do threats from potential threat actors. This requires security practitioners to be vigilant, flexible, proactive, and responsible for all the resources under their management; including outsourced assets. A resilient security posture is not a trivial process considering all these permutations. By continually reviewing our defences, hardening and testing modern attack methods, and mitigating the risks in a timely manner, we will help our chances of successfully surviving an attack at any given time or place. The principles provided by the Australian Information Security Manual (ISM) help ensure a standard methodology to achieve success.
To that end, the ISM is comprised of three primary documents designed to provide guidance on cyber security to government agencies and corporations in Austrlia, according to their own business requirements. The third document –
BeyondTrust Solutions Map into ISM Requirements
BeyondTrust’s PowerBroker privileged access management and Retina vulnerability management solutions can assist in meeting the requirements in the ISM controls and directly help achieve compliance in the following disciplines, outlined in the “Information Security Principles” guideline document:
- Outsourced Requirements
- System Accreditation
- Vulnerability Management
- Change Management
- Cyber Security Incidents
- Application Control
- Software Security
- Access Control
- Secure Administration
- Network Security
- Working Off-Site
For more information on how CoreSight uses BeyondTrust technologies to help achieve compliance in accordance with ISM recommendations, contact us today to arrange a strategy session.