Contact Us

Contact Us

Please get in touch using the form below

1000 characters left
I prefer to be contacted by:
View our privacy policy
Book a penetration test today. Get in touch.

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.

Read more
A range of security assessment services

Assessment Services

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

Read more
A person choosing from a range of Managed Security Services

Managed Security Services

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

Read more

Get in touch

Complete the form for a prompt response from our team.

1000 characters left
I prefer to be contacted by:
View our privacy policy

Resources

Discover our latest content and resources

From the blog
From the blog Case studies Latest news
26th October 2021
Ransomware attacks in the UK double in one year
Jeremy Fleming, the Director of GCHQ, has warned that the number of ransomware attacks on UK organisations has doubled over the past year.  
19th October 2021
Organisations found to take more than two days to respond to cyber-attacks
Recent research shows that organisations around the world take, on average, more than two business days to respond to a cyber-attack.
12th October 2021
Over 90% of companies experienced supply chain breaches in the past year
A new survey has found that 93% of organisations around the world suffered a direct breach over the past 12 months due to weaknesses in their supply chains.
5th October 2021
Tech adopted in pandemic linked to 74% of attacks on 94% of organisations
A recent study has found that 94% of organisations experienced a cyber-attack in the past 12 months, with almost three-quarters of the businesses attributing them to vulnerabilities created by technology adopted during the pandemic.