FRIB passes information security audit for ISO 27001

The FRIB Laboratory has successfully passed its three-year Information Security Management System (ISMS) audit. Auditors assessed that FRIB’s ISMS is in conformance to the external ISO 27001 information security standard, an international standard for managing security controls.

The ISO 27001 standard defines requirements for an ISMS, which covers the security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details, and information entrusted to the laboratory by third parties. The FRIB ISMS covers both information and information assets and employs a risk-based approach to manage information security needs against external requirements and expectations.

Auditors from the certification organization NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR) audited FRIB on 20-23 September.

The audit resulted in no corrective actions, and NFS-ISR issued a certificate of registration to the ISO 27001 standard (effective from 2 November 2021 to 1 November 2024) for the FRIB Laboratory ISMS. The external auditors will return for an annual ISMS surveillance audit in 2022.

FRIB operates under an ISO-9001-registered Quality Management System, an ISO-14001-registered Environmental Management System, and an OHSAS-18001-registered Occupational Health and Safety Management System. 

Michigan State University (MSU) establishes and operates the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) as a user facility for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), supporting the mission of the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics. Hosting the most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security, and industry.

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