ISMS Implementation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
An ISMS is a set of documents, procedures and guidelines created to create a compliance framework aligned with the requirements of ISO 27001. In simple terms, it means having a set of policies, procedures and processes which align with the objectives and scope of the ISO 27001 as it is relevant to your organisation. That means it’s not just an IT policy, but also key business processes, controls, audit procedures as well as principles such as commitment by senior management for continual improvement. The full list of compliance obligations required to have an ISMS will depend on the nature, size and risk appetite of your organisation.
Not necessarily. ISMS is based on the ISO27001 standard which relates to Information Security. Whilst some components relate to Information Technology Security Techniques, the scope of the ISO27001 includes many other aspects such as knowledge, words, concepts, ideas and brands. Generally speaking, an organisations most valuable asset is information that belongs to the business. Therefore, any medium where this information is used, captured, stored or managed will fall under the scope of an ISMS.
The ISO/IEC 27001, 27002 and all other published international standards must be purchased directly from the ISO store or other reputable publisher.
Implementing an ISMS is a project taking into consideration all the compliance requirements of the ISO 27001, and meeting those requirements in your organisation. Clauses 4-10 of the ISO 27001 relating to the organisations context and scope, leadership and commitment, planning to address risk, support and awareness, operational planning, risk assessments, performance evaluation and continual improvement are all mandatory components of an ISMS. Once these requirements are met in the form of documentation, you should in conjunction conduct a risk assessment of your information security. Relevant controls from Annexure A of the ISO can be used as guide to assist the organisation with implementing best practice controls.
It is possible to implement an ISMS without an external service provider, however, having a consultant such as Gridware assist with the implementation of the ISMS will ensure you the process is much faster, more streamline and created keeping in mind the requirements of certifying bodies should you require certification or future audits. We leverage on the experience of completing a large number of ISMS implementations annually to save you time, money and resources.
If you obtain certification for your ISMS with a certifying body, then generally you should conduct an internal audit or spot check every 12 months and complete a comprehensive audit every 2 years. This is because of the fast paced and changing nature of technology in enterprise and the evolving risks that apply to handling customer, employee and sensitive information.
Not necessarily. To become ISO27001 certified, you require a certifying body such as SAI Global, BSI or PECB to certify that your ISMS meets the requirements of the ISO27001. You can still create and maintain the documentation without the need to be certified.