Definition - What does ISO/IEC 17799 mean?
ISO/IEC 17799 refers to a set of general practice guidelines that aid in implementation of security standards for information systems. ISO/IEC 17799 helps companies build safe and secure inter-organizational computer systems. Published in the UK, it is considered the world’s first and foremost set of guidelines solely dedicated to organizational system security.
Techopedia explains ISO/IEC 17799
ISO/IEC 17799 is intended to be as all-inclusive as possible in covering various aspects of information system security, and contains guidelines for organizations in wide-ranging sectors. The documentation of ISO/IEC 17799 recommends that any organization falling under the category of business can profit from choosing the terms that best suit them. ISO/IEC 17799 documentation explains security measures for the following:
- System access control
- Physical and environmental security
- Security policies
- Computer and operations management
- Personnel security
- System development and maintenance
- Security organization
- Asset classification and control
- Business planning