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ISO/IEC 17799

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
  • Compliance
  • Computer and operations management
  • Personnel security
  • System development and maintenance
  • Security organization
  • Asset classification and control
  • Business planning
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