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Overview

What is information assurance?

Information assurance (IA) concerns the protection and risk management of information and information systems. It is built on five key principles designed to help ensure the integrity, availability, authenticity, confidentiality and non-repudiation of information and information systems.

To achieve effective information assurance, businesses must adopt a range of security controls. These should cover the processing and transmission of data and information systems stored in physical, electronic and cloud locations, and in transit.

Key terms

Information assurance vs cyber security

Cyber security and information assurance are terms that are often used interchangeably, but despite the similarities, they should be viewed as separate disciplines. The main difference between cyber security and information assurance is as follows:

Cyber security is a specialist field focused around the practical processes used to defend networks against malicious attacks. Information assurance has a broader, more strategic focus, encompassing not just security but the processing and analysis of both digital and non-digital data and the protection of information systems.

Princples

Information assurance principles

There are five core information assurance principles, or ‘pillars’, as they are sometimes referred to.

Integrity

Maintaining the consistency and accuracy of information across its lifecycle.

Availability

Ensuring that information is easily accessible to authorised users and systems operate at the required level of performance.

Authenticity

Validating the identity of users and devices through authentication and biometrics.

Confidentiality

Restricting system and information access and modification to authorised users only.

Non-repudiation

Guaranteeing communication transmission and removing deniability by keeping systems up-to-date and encrypting digital signatures.

Approach

Our approach to information assurance

By adopting an offensive security mindset, Redscan’s cyber security experts help organisations of all sizes to defend against the latest attacks.

An outcome-focused approach and commitment to delivering the highest levels of service ensures our clients receive the support and insights needed to make continuous improvements to information assurance.

Compliance

Complying with the latest information assurance standards

In today’s global marketplace, competition is fierce. To maintain customer confidence and avoid regulatory sanctions, businesses must demonstrate their commitment to information assurance. Redscan’s cyber security services can help your organisation to achieve compliance with the latest regulations and standards:

Services

Here to help with information assurance

Redscan is an award-winning provider of managed cyber security services. Our range of information assurance services help organisations level up cyber security maturity to better prevent, detect and respond to current and emerging threats.

ThreatDetect MDR

Managed Detection and Response

Reduce breach detection time from months to minutes with ThreatDetect™ MDR.

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A range of security assessment services

Assessment Services

Gauge the effectiveness of defences with pen testing, red teaming and more.

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Managed Security Services

A vendor-agnostic approach to security monitoring and technology management.

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