Cybersecurity stands as a prominent focal point on the agenda of the US Department of Homeland Security. It is acknowledged not only as a significant threat to the government but also as an influential force impacting our daily lives. The functioning of our homes, travel, communication, and the overall economy relies heavily on intricate networks and infrastructure. Addressing cybersecurity has been a priority since the Obama administration, with the former president emphasizing the gravity of the situation by stating: "Cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation."
What measures can corporations across America implement to safeguard their operations and the well-being of their customers against malicious cyber attacks? How can train operators guarantee timely commutes to work? In what ways can telecommunication companies ensure uninterrupted communication with others? How does Banks secure our financial assets to ensure their safety? The impact of cyber attacks on US corporations has been evident, notably with the significant breaches at Sony, Adobe, and Target. These incidents left millions of users vulnerable as their confidential information, including names, addresses, and card details, was exposed online. It is now a matter of time before cyber attacks extend to affect critical infrastructure, underscoring the growing threat to various sectors.
Addressing cyber threats requires a collaborative approach, and corporations must take responsible actions for the sake of their country and customers. The ISO 27001, an internationally recognized cybersecurity standard, outlines best-practice requirements for establishing an information security management system (ISMS) to enhance the security of information. With 550 American corporations ISO 27001 certified in 2012 up to 1980 in 2022, its popularity continues to grow, experiencing an increase in adoption each year throughout the US.
Implementing ISO27001 offers corporations the opportunity to fortify their systems, potentially winning new business and gaining trust from existing customers due to the heightened level of security. While no standard, process, or software can provide absolute protection against cyber attacks, integrating additional precautions into information security measures can significantly reduce the likelihood of breaches and help mitigate the impact of any potential attack.
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