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IT Security Standards and Best Practices

To facilitate your planning on information security management for your company, we have highlighted some internationally recognised information security standards, guidelines and effective security practices for reference.


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Government IT Security Policy and Guidelines

The Government of HKSAR has issued a set of "Government IT Security Policy and Guidelines" to provide references and guidance to Government bureaux and departments in respect of the protection of Government information systems and data assets. The related documents are obtainable through the hyperlinks provided below. Users should note that the documents are for general reference only and users are responsible to make their own assessment on the information provided and to obtain independent advice before acting on it.

There is increasing public concern about the security of information passing through public Wi-Fi networks. To address such a concern, the Communications Authority (CA) has published a set of security guidelines for public Wi-Fi service operators to follow. The guidelines are developed jointly with the industry and the relevant professional bodies.

IT Governance Standards and Best Practices

  • ISO/IEC 27000 family of Information Security Management Systems - This document provides an overview of ISO/IEC 27000 family of Information Security Management Systems which consists of inter-related standards and guidelines, already published or under development, and contains a number of significant structural components.

  • ISO 27001 - This document provides the ISO standards of the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an information security management system within the context of the organization.

  • ISO 27002 - This document introduces the code of practice for information security controls.

  • British Standard 7799 Part 3 - This set of guidelines is published by BSI Group for the information security risk management.

  • COBIT - The Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (COBIT) is published by the Standards Board of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) providing a control framework for the governance and management of enterprise IT.

  • Common Criteria (also known as ISO/IEC 15408) - This set of evaluation criterias is developed by and aligned with national security standards organisations of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, UK and US.

  • ITIL (or ISO/IEC 20000 series) - This document introduces a collection of best practices in IT service management (ITSM), and focuses on the service processes of IT and considers the central role of the user.

  • National Information Security Technology Standard Specification - This webpage introduces a collection of national information security standards formulated by the National Information Security Standards Technical Committee. These standards include information security management, information security evaluation, authentication and authorisation, etc.

  • SANS Security Policy Resource – These resources are published by SANS Institute for the rapid development and implementation of information security policies.

Guidelines on Conducting Online Businesses and Activities

  • Electronic Transactions Ordinance - This Ordinance concerns the legal status of electronic records and digital signatures used in electronic transactions as that of their paper-based counterparts.

  • Consumer Protection in E-commerce - OECD Recommendation– This guideline is published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) listing the principles and good practices on e-commerce

  • OWASP Top Ten Project – This document for web application security is published by The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) representing a broad consensus about what the most critical web application security flaws are.

  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard - This standard is developed by a number of major credit card companies (including American Express, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa International) for enhancing payment account data security.

  • RFC 2196 Site Security Handbook, from IETF (The Internet Engineering Task Force) – This handbook is prepared by IETF for developing computer security policies and procedures for sites that have systems on the Internet.

  • Technical Standards Relevant to Cloud Computing - This webpage introduces a collection of technical standards relevant to Cloud Computing released by various international organisations. These standards include management, web services, security of cloud computing, etc.

  • TRUSTe – Under this program, a privacy seal, or called a "trustmark", is awarded to websites that adhere to the privacy principles and comply with the oversight and consumer resolution process.

  • WebTrust program – Under this program, a WebTrust seal at the website means the company is complied to WebTrust principles including, on-line privacy, security, business practices and transaction integrity, availability and WebTrust for Certification Authorities.

Guidelines on Safeguarding Data Privacy

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