Understanding the components of an ISMS solution

As touched on earlier, the main components of an ISMS are summarised in the image. The solution is comprised of two main investments to bring it alive:

• People

• Technology

The real size of these pie slices, in terms of time and cost, is all dependent on the objectives, the starting point, the scope of jobs to include in the ISMS, and the organisation’s preferred way of working.

Investing well in one slice will help reduce or avoid much larger investments of people or technology in the other slices especially when looking at a whole life cost basis.

Whilst ‘content’ (your policies and controls documentation) is very important, it’s only one component of an ISMS and there are many pitfalls to avoid.

Examples include: 

  • Purchasing low-cost generic policy documentation may give you a bunch of cheap policies but they will not be ‘actionable’. They may even encourage unnecessary work for your organisation.
  • Consultants who do the implementation their way without understanding your business practices, or not sharing ‘the secret sauce’ so you have to use them forever, nor aligning it to recognised standards.
  • Failure to consider the whole life consequences beyond implementation e.g. dropping spreadsheet documents into a Google folder or Sharepoint style technology system but not considering the ongoing management, coordination, reporting and control requirements for everyone involved.

These approaches will cost much more in the long run, or have big opportunity costs, so consider a total cost of ownership, not just the initial implementation. 

An ISMS delivers a positive return on investment. The goal of our whitepaper is to show you why, what, and how you can get RoI from an ISMS that fits the business needs.

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