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Risk Assessment for Asset Owners by Steve Watkins, Alan Calder

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CHAPTER 4: ASSET OWNERS

According to ISO27001, every asset has an owner.7

The term ‘owner’ is not meant to convey legal ownership of the asset to the individual and is defined (4.2.1 - d1, footnote 2) as the ‘individual or entity that has approved management responsibility for controlling the production, development, maintenance, use and security of the assets’. This could therefore be a system administrator or a manager who is responsible for defining how an asset or group of similar assets is used.

The owner of the asset is the person – or part of the business – who is responsible for the appropriate classification and protection of the asset. In real terms, allocating ownership to a part of the organization can be ineffective, unless that ...

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