ISO 27001:2013 - Information Security Management Systems Requirements

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What is ISO 27001?

ISO 27001 for Information Security Management Systems requires organisations to adopt a risk based approach to the security of all information. ISO 27001 is not a prescriptive document, rather it is intended to enable organisations to ensure the security of information through the assessment and treatment of information security risks, documented in a Statement of Applicability.


Information Security Management System Requirements

Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) require organisations to:

  • identify information security risks
  • understand external & internal issues, and interested parties, relevant to information security
  • develop an Information Security Policy – typically one page document declaring commitment to information security
  • develop a Statement of Applicability, documenting the assessment of identified information security risks and establishing controls (risk treatment) based on reference controls documented at Annex A of ISO 27001
  • develop an ISMS or Management Manual – documenting as much or as little as you want but, typically, briefly addressing the clauses of ISO 27001; often integrated with the Manual for other management systems
  • develop procedures –– instructions required to address information security
  • control any outsourcing of information management
  • develop and monitor information security objectives and targets
  • embrace information security risks and opportunities throughout the business
  • ensure staff are competent and understand their information security responsibilities
  • monitor information security performance
  • control information security nonconformances and take corrective action for significant or repetitive nonconformances
  • conduct internal audits of the information security management system
  • ensure senior management strategically review the information security management system.


Documentation Requirements:
  • Information Security Policy Statement of Applicability
  • ISMS or Management Manual Procedures
  • Improvement Plan (monitoring information security objectives and targets)
  • Registers – nonconformances and corrective action.


Implementing an Information Security Management System:

Implementing ISO 27001 - Information Security Management Systems ISMS


Benefits of an Information Security Management System:
  • demonstrated due diligence by meeting regulatory and customer requirements
  • meeting international best practice for security
  • meeting tender requirements and stand out from the competition
  • improved reputation and enhanced company profile
  • demonstrated integrity of data to customers, suppliers and other stakeholders
  • reduced risk of fraud, information loss and disclosure
  • increased resilience to cyber attacks
  • prompt detection of data leakage and rapid reaction to breaches
  • reduced costs associated with information security
  • all forms of information, ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability of data secured
  • ensured workplace confidentiality and improved company culture
  • easily integrated with other management systems.


TQCSI Certification Process:
  • contact your TQCSI Office and ask for a quote or apply on-line - TQCSI will need to know what your business does, how many employees (full time equivalent) and what types of information security risks are applicable
  • to prevent delays, don’t wait until your Information Security Management System is fully implemented.


Certification Mark for Information Security Management Systems:

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Once optained, this certification mark can be used on all marketing material to promote your ISO 27001 Information Security Management System certification.


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