How to Write an Information Security Policy (GDPR covered)

What is the course about?

With the adoption of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in May 2016, we are almost half way through the two-year journey towards its application in all member states, including the UK on May 25th, 2018. The GDPR will replace the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and therefore the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK. Brexit will not change this, as even the earliest possible Brexit would mean several months of compliance requirement while still part of the EU and independent of that, businesses are trading with the EU and are holding data that fall within the scope of the Directive and will therefore have to comply.

In order to be compliant with national and international information and data protection laws and regulations, organisations need to introduce appropriate and effective cyber security and data protection controls. The Information Security Policy forms the basis of these controls.

A well thought through information security policy will also address the human factor and take the organisation’s specificities into consideration. We are all aware that no matter how strong or advanced security applications or technical controls are, protecting the company’s data assets will heavily depend on the people within the organisation. People unfortunately are the weakest link in any information security and privacy programme albeit rarely intentionally. The Board and the executive team are ultimately responsible for security breaches, no matter if they occur due to an employee’s misconduct, plain negligence or for the simple reason that employees are not aware of threat and how to protect against them.

A comprehensive Information Security Policy therefore covers a range of topics, from identifying data assets, defining security objectives to establishing and enforcing formal, written policies and guidelines which govern employees’ behaviour.

This full day course is designed to give a practical introduction about the importance of having an information security policy and to provide clear guidelines on how to develop and to document a well-thought through and effective policy that ensures information security, is aligned with the business strategy, reduces the impact of identified and diverse risks, manages resources and infrastructure effectively and efficiently and delivers value for the security investment made.

Who should attend this course?

Board members, C-suite executives and everyone responsible for the protection of the organisation’s data and assets (CEO, COO, CFO CTO, CISO, CSO, and Directors of IT, Data Protection, Compliance Officer and Information security personal).

What is the course outcome?

At the end of the course attendees will:

  • Understand the central role of the Information Security Policy in securing business assets and delivering value to the business
  • Have practical knowledge of the different types of information security policies and their core components
  • Develop, implement, and maintain various types of information security policies

What is the agenda?

  • 10.00am: Registration at techUK London reception
  • 10.30am: Introduction to the course and getting to know each other
  • 10.50am: What is an information security policy and why it is important.
  • 11.50am: Coffee break
  • 12.00pm: When and How to write an information security policy: part 1
  • 13.00pm: Lunch break
  • 14.00pm: How to write and develop an information security policy
  • 15.20pm: Tea break
  • 15.40pm: Implementing and maintaining an information security policy
  • 16.45pm: Course summary and thank you

Who is the course leader?

The course will be delivered by Shadi A. Razak, Partner and Head of Cyber Security and Compliance at CyNation. Shadi is a cyber security and business digitalisation expert, with a strong foundation in business and IT strategy. His expertise in information security management, security governance and compliance, cloud security and business digitalisation has made him a sought after advisor to and coach for a number of international blue chip companies, government organisations, and SME’s in the UK, and the MENA region for the past 15 years. He has been a visiting lecturer at a number of international and British universities and is currently a Board Member and President of the Information Security Group (ISG) Alumni, Technology and Finance Society and a mentor for a number of FinTech and SecurityTech start-ups in London.

Fees

techUK Members - £395.00

Non Members - £595.00

Price (excluding VAT)

If you are not sure whether your company is a member of techUK, click here to check first to ensure you pay the correct price for the course you are booking. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact mariana.obetzanova@techuk.org

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