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The British Standard 7799 (BS 7799) is a standard that outlines how to set up an Information Security Management Infrastructure (ISMI). While the United States has not adopted the British Standard 7799, BS 7799 remains one of the most popular information security management systems globally. Security professionals use the British Standard 7799 to identify and describe several attributes of information security products, including the features, function, and format of a standard product specification, its identification, and reference documents.
British Standard 7799 also includes an assessment of the risk that a product’s features will pose to information security and a discussion of the limitations of a product that meets the required standards. BS7799 also defines and describes the security control processes and controls, which are the elements used by a company in information security risk management.
Information security risk management is challenging but can be made easier by following IMSI standards such as the British Standard 7799. A benefit of implementing a sound information security practice is that not only does it help reduce threats and increase security, but rigorous security practices also increase productivity, enhance customer service, and protect the organization from external threats and risks. These security practice best practices can be achieved through information security management systems, such as those outlined in British Standard 7799, which are effective, reliable, scalable, and provide for easy updates and maintenance.
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