ISO 27001 Checklist To Compliance

Is ISO 27001 still a bit mysterious to you? If so, then you can get familiarized here. It really can be difficult to meet compliance with ISO 27001. But when you comply, you reap all sorts of benefits in the long run.

How can you successfully implement ISO 27001? Just follow our 9 steps in this checklist.

#1: Assembling Your Team For Implementation

Find a project leader who can properly implement ISMS. This individual should have strong knowledge of information security. And the ability to lead and direct managers.

Your project leader will need a solid team. After all members of the team are formed, a project mandate will be needed. Basically, this mandate will require answering some basic questions. How much will the project cost? How long is this process? What goals are sought after?

#2: Developing The Game Plan For Implementation

The next big step is to get into the nitty-gritty details of your implementation plan. Get into the specifics of the project mandate. Policies will need to be set for the ISMS. These policies will establish individual and team responsibilities, steps for improvement, and finding efficient communication processes between internal and external components.

#3: Initiating Your ISMS

Now it’s time to focus on continual improvement. Any model will suffice as long as the team is focused on clearly defining processes and requirements, proper implementation, and constant reviews and improvements. Make sure your ISMS policy is board-approved.

Next, focus on the structure of your document with a 4-tier strategy.

•Policies up top which define proper security policies for your organization

•Steps which will enforce the requirements of the policy

•Roles and responsibilities of the team members

•Records that track working instructions and procedures

#4: Documenting The Scope Of Your ISMS

Be sure to check clause 4 and clause 5 of the ISO 27001 standards to better-understand ISMS framework. It’s very important that you define the scope of your ISMS. This will assure that the storage of your information is properly managed. 

#5: Security Baseline Identification

A security baseline is the very minimum amount of activity that will be needed to securely conduct business. Use your ISO 27001 Risk Assessment to identify your security baseline.

#6: Establishing Risk Management

The Standard allows you to define your own process for risk management. But you must follow the 5 steps listed below.

•Establish framework for risk assessment

•Identify all risks

•Analyze all risks

•Evaluate all risks

•Select options for risk management

Have your managers use this risk matrix to help quantify risks.

The Standard requires completion of a Statement of Applicability.

#7: Planning Risk Treatment

This step involves building security methods that protect the assets of information in your organization. Conduct an analysis of needs whenever necessary.

#8: Continuous Measuring, Monitoring, & Reviewing

The title of this step explains it all. You should review your ISMS at least once per year. We recommend conducting an ISO 27001 Internal Audit as well.

#9: Get Your ISMS Certified

This final step will require an external certification audit. Be sure to follow proper preparation before going through with your certification process.


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