The International Chamber of Commerce (the “ICC”) has published a new, free to download cyber security guide to assist businesses with their approach to data security. The aim of the guide is to mitigate the risks associated with cybercrime.
According to the ICC Secretary General, John Danilovich, "The digital economy is playing an increasingly important role in opening up new markets and opportunities for global business. But in today's global economy many businesses adopt modern information and communications technologies without fully realizing the new types of risks to be managed as a result. ICC's guide offers a way to recognize these risks and map out a process to deal with them."
The guide sets out the following five principles with a view to reducing threats posed by cybercrime and other data security incidents:
- focus on the information, not the technology;
- make resilience a mind-set;
- prepare to respond;
- demonstrate a leadership commitment; and
- act on your vision.
The five principles are underpinned by six key actions that the ICC recommends companies should take. Although the guide accepts that achieving absolute security is a near impossible task, it recommends methods of improving cyber security by managing associated risks and suggests how to incorporate the five principles into creating a company-wide data security policy.
If you are concerned about the processes and procedures your company has in place, or would like to consider your company policies alongside the recommendations contained in the guide, you can access the guide at http://www.iccwbo.org/Advocacy-Codes-and-Rules/Areas-of-work/Digital-Economy/Cyber-Security-Guidelines-for-Business/ICC-Cyber-Security-guide-for-business/.
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