ISO/IEC 27032:2012 - ISO Standard for Cyberspace Security

This International Standard provides guidance for improving the state of Cybersecurity, drawing out the unique aspects of that activity and its dependencies on other security domains. ISO/IEC 27032:2012 is applicable to providers of services in the Cyberspace. The audience, however, includes the consumers that use these services. Where organizations provide services in the Cyberspace to people for use at home or other organizations, they may need to prepare guidance based on this International Standard that contains additional explanations or examples sufficient to allow the reader to understand and act on it.

In turn "the Cyberspace" is defined as "the complex environment resulting from the interaction of people, software and services on the Internet by means of technology devices and networks connected to it, which does not exist in any physical form. Unofficially, this standard concerns various aspects of Internet security.

The main sections are:

  • Overview
  • Assets in the Cyberspace
  • Threats against the security of the Cyberspace
  • Roles of stakeholders in Cybersecurity
  • Guidelines for stakeholders
  • Cybersecurity controls
  • Framework of information sharing and coordination

The guidance in this International Standard is limited to the realization of the Cyberspace on the Internet, including the endpoints. However, the extension of the Cyberspace to other spatial representations through communication media and platforms are not addressed, nor the physical security aspects of them.

The standard was approved for publication by a majority vote on SC27, despite lingering concerns over the title, scope and purpose of the standard. In particular, the standard primarily concerns Internet security although the poorly-defined and oft-misunderstood term "Cybersecurity" persists.

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