IT Governance Ltd, the ISO27001 and information security experts have reported that they are making a number of free resources available for download from their US website to help US companies meet the challenges of increased cyber crime.

July 12, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ — IT Governance Ltd, the ISO27001 and information security experts have reported that they are making a number of free resources available for download from their US website (www.itgovernanceusa.com) to help US companies meet the challenges of increased cyber crime. This week the company has published a white paper on cyber security which can be downloaded from here http://www.itgovernanceusa.com/cyber-security.aspx

Cyber security has become an issue for every nation in the world. In the US over the last 3 months there have been data breaches against high-profile organizations including Fox, Sony, Gmail, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and major government departments. Two weeks ago, the Arizona State Police again became the victim of a cyber attack. The hack was announced on Twitter less than a week after a previous attack from Lulz Security.

US companies need to do their utmost in order to defend themselves form hackers and protect their information assets. At present, key changes in the US legislation are being discussed, and sooner or later, it is likely that strict data security measures will be imposed on organizations, which they will need to comply with. Organizations who do not act now may face serious fines in the future or even become the subject of a class action lawsuit, if the loss of customer’s data is established. Such was the case with Sony in April when a Canadian Play Station Network (PSN) user claimed damages in excess of $1 billion. This followed another lawsuit filed by an American PNS user. The consequences for companies compromising customers’ data can be severe, leading to both big financial implications and reputation damage.

IT Governance, which specializes in cyber security and compliance solutions, has published a white paper on their US website that provides information on some of the key developments US companies and their directors or IT managers need to be aware of in order to protect their business from cyber attacks. The white paper can be downloaded for free here: http://www.itgovernanceusa.com/cyber-security.aspx

Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance, comments, “There are a few essential steps that organizations should be following if they are to implement an effective security strategy. Most organizations would only take certain measures if they are given the reasons why they should be doing this and know that their investment of time and money is worth. What is a more convincing reason than the data breaches we all witness? At IT Governance, we not only advise customers what should be done, but also provide guidance and solutions to their problems. We have the most comprehensive range of resources across a number of areas, from books and toolkits through to e-learning and software tools.”

US companies can be doing more than taking partial measures to fight cyber crime. Implementing best practice in information security management has become the most popular approach to tackling cyber security; demonstrating to both customers and business partners that an organization is working to the highest standard. Accredited certification to ISO27001 gives an organization internationally recognized and accepted proof that its system for managing information security – its ISMS or cyber security readiness – is of an acceptable, independently audited and verified standard. Everything US companies need to know about ISO27001 is explained on this website: http://www.27001.com