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The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) (Commission Électrotechnique Internationale (CEI) in french) is an organization that prepares and publishes international standards and provides conformity assessments for government, business, and society for all electrical, electronic, and related technologies, including electronics, magnetics and electromagnetics, electroacoustics, multimedia, telecommunication, and energy production and distribution, as well as associated general disciplines such as terminology and symbols, electromagnetic compatibility, measurement and performance, dependability, design and development, safety, and the environment.

A World Trade Organization agreements permit use of these standards in international trade.

Its membership includes national committees from over 70 nations, which are comprised of representatives from each country's public and private sectors.

The IEC and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), through a joint technical committee (JTC), have developed information security standards for all types of organizations, including commercial enterprises, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. For example, ISO/IEC 27001:2005 addresses the development and maintenance of information security management systems and the security controls that protect information assets. According to the standard, ISO/IEC JTC 1 developed this international standard to be applicable to all organizations regardless of size.

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