Are you safe online? New ISO Standard for cybersecurity

Issue 44 – November 2012

ISO/IEC 27032:2012 Information technology – Security techniques – Guidelines for cybersecurity will make cyberspace safer. The Standard will help ensure safety of online transactions and personal information exchanged over the Internet, and protect your computer when browsing websites.

Cyberspace is a complex environment consisting of interactions between people, software, and services, supported by worldwide distribution of information and communication technology (ICT) devices and networks. Collaboration is essential to ensure a safe online environment. ISO 27032 addresses security gaps arising from the lack of communication between the different users and providers of cyberspace. It tackles any risks not covered by current Internet, network, and information and communication technology security.

Johann Amsenga, Convenor of the working group that developed the Standard explains, 'Devices and connected networks that support cyberspace have multiple owners – each with their own business, operational, and regulatory concerns. Not only do the different users and providers share little or no input, but each has a different focus when dealing with security. Such a fragmented state opens up vulnerabilities in cyberspace. ISO/IEC 27032 will provide an overarching, collaborative, multi-stakeholder solution to reduce these risks.'

ISO/IEC 27032 provides a framework for:

  • information sharing

  • coordination

  • incident handling.

The Standard facilitates secure and reliable collaboration that protects the privacy of individuals everywhere in the world. In this way, it can help to prepare, detect, monitor, and respond to attacks such as:

  • social engineering attacks

  • hacking

  • malicious software (malware)

  • spyware

  • other unwanted software.

Summarised from an ISO media release, 16 October 2012.


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