Information Security

Information Security Policy

The Edge is committed to preserving the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all the physical and electronic information assets throughout the organisation in order to preserve its competitive edge, cash-flow, profitability, legal, regulatory and contractual compliance and commercial image.  Information and information security requirements will continue to be aligned with the organisation’s goals and the ISMS is intended to be an enabling mechanism for information sharing, for electronic operations and for reducing information-related risks to acceptable levels.

The Edge’s current strategic business plan and risk management framework provide the context for identifying, assessing, evaluating and controlling information-related risks through the establishment and maintenance of an ISMS. The risk assessment, Statement of Applicability and risk treatment plan identify how information-related risks are controlled. The Managing Director is responsible for the management and maintenance of the risk treatment plan.  Additional risk assessments may, where necessary, be carried out to determine appropriate controls for specific risks.

In particular, business continuity and contingency plans, data back up procedures, avoidance of viruses and hackers, access control to systems and information security incident reporting are fundamental to this policy. Control objectives for each of these areas are contained in the Manual and are supported by specific, documented policies and procedures.

All employees of The Edge [and certain external parties identified in the ISMS] are expected to comply with this policy and with the ISMS that implements this policy. All staff, and certain external parties, will receive  appropriate training.

The ISMS is subject to continuous, systematic review and improvement

The Edge has established an  information security committee, chaired by the Managing Director and including  specialist resources where necessary to support the ISMS framework and to periodically review the security policy.

The Edge is committed to achieving certification of its ISMS to ISO27001:2005

This policy will be reviewed to respond to any changes in the risk assessment or risk treatment plan and at least annually.

The Managing Director is the Owner of this document and is responsible for ensuring that this policy document is reviewed in line with the requirements in the ISMS Manual.

A current version of this document is available to all members of staff on the [shared drive of the main server]. It does not contain confidential information and can be released to relevant external parties.

This information security policy was approved by the Managing Director and is issued on a version controlled basis under the following  signature.

In this policy, “information security” is defined as:

Preserving

This means that management, all full time or part time staff, sub contractors, project consultants and any external parties have, and will be made aware of, their responsibilities (which are defined in their job descriptions or contracts) to preserve information security, to report security breaches (in line with the policy and procedures identified in the ISMS Manual) and to act in accordance with the requirements of the ISMS.  The consequences of security policy violations are described in The Edge (Systems) Limited’s disciplinary policy.  All staff will receive information security awareness training and more specialized staff will receive appropriately specialized information security training.

The Availability

This means that information and associated assets should be accessible to authorized users when required and therefore physically secure. The computer network [identified as part of the scoping work for the ISMS Manual must be resilient and The Edge (Systems) Limited must be able to detect and respond rapidly to incidents such as viruses and other malware that threaten the continued availability of assets, systems and information.  There must be appropriate business continuity plans. 

Confidentiality

This involves ensuring that information is only accessible to those authorized to access it and therefore to preventing both deliberate and accidental unauthorized access to the The Edge (Systems) Limited’s information and proprietary knowledge and its systems including its network(s), website(s), extranet(s), and e-commerce systems.  

and Integrity

This involves safeguarding the accuracy and completeness of information and processing methods and therefore requires preventing deliberate or accidental, partial or complete, destruction, or unauthorized modification, of either physical assets or electronic data.  There must be appropriate contingency, data back-up plans, and security incident reporting coverfing  network(s), e-commerce system(s), web site(s), extranet(s).  The The Edge (Systems) Limited will  comply with all relevant data-related legislation in those jurisdictions within which it operates.

of Physical Assets

The physical assets of the The Edge (Systems) Limited including but not limited to computer hardware, data cabling, telephone systems, filing systems and physical data files.

and Information Assets

The information assets include information printed or written on paper, transmitted by post or shown in films, or spoken in conversation, as well as information stored electronically on servers, web site(s), extranet(s), intranet(s), PCs, laptops, mobile phones and PDAs as well as on CD ROMs, floppy disks, USB sticks, back up tapes and any other digital or magnetic media, and information transmitted electronically by any means.   In this context “data” also includes the sets of instructions that tell the system(s) how to manipulate information (i.e. the software: operating systems, applications, utilities, etc).

of The Edge Systems Limited

The Company and commercial partners that are part of our integrated network and have signed up to our security policy and have accepted our ISMS.
 

The ISMS is the Information Security Management System, of which this policy, the information security manual (“the Manual”) and other supporting and related documentation is a part, and which has been designed in accordance with the [specification contained in ISO27001:2005]

A SECURITY BREACH is any incident or activity that causes or may cause a break down in the availability, confidentiality or integrity of the physical or electronic information assets of the Organization.