Information assurance INAS


Protecting against and managing risks related to the use, storage and transmission of data and information systems.

Guidance notes


The focus of Information assurance is more technical than the related Information security skill.

Information and data is typically protected by following 5 principles.

  • availability - ensuring that authorised users can easily access the information they need
  • integrity - protecting information from unauthorized modification, retrieval or deletion
  • authenticity -  validating the identity of users and  devices
  • confidentiality - restricting  access to authorised users only.
  • non-repudiation - preventing possible denial that an action occurred by ensuring data is true to its origin

Information assurance includes the management of risk in a pragmatic and cost effective manner to ensure stakeholder confidence.

Information assurance: Level 7


Directs the creation and review of an enterprise information assurance strategy to support the strategic requirements of the business. Ensures compliance between business strategies and information assurance by setting strategies, policies, standards and practices. Leads the provision of information assurance expertise, advice and guidance across all of the organisation's information and information systems.

Information assurance: Level 6


Develops corporate information assurance policy, standards and guidelines. Contributes to the development of organisational strategies that address the evolving business risk and information control requirements. Drives adoption of and adherence to policies and standards through the provision of expert advice and guidance. Ensures architectural principles are applied, requirements are defined and rigorous security testing is applied. Monitors environmental and market trends and pro-actively assesses impact on business strategies, benefits and risks.

Information assurance: Level 5


Interprets information assurance and security policies and applies these in order to manage risks. Provides advice and guidance to ensure adoption of and adherence to information assurance architectures, strategies, policies, standards and guidelines. Uses testing to support information assurance. Contributes to the development of policies, standards and guidelines.