Sunday, 13 December 2020

ISO 27001 Certification

Overview:  I have been thru several ISO and security audits over the years for various companies offering SaaS products.  This post outlines a some of my note around the latest ISO 27001 audit I touched on.

ISO 27001 covers Information Security Management (ISMS) which is about protecting and managing your businesses information assets to reduce your business risks.

Parts to an ISO 27001 audit:

  • Part 1 - Check you have the correct documentation.  
            Output is a go ahead and get a visit plan from the auditor.
  • Part 2 - Checks you as a business are complying/working to the documentation.  Basically evidence based reporting based on visual confirmations and discussing with the staff using interviews to verify compliance (sample based auditing).  Findings normally grouped into 3 types of findings: 1)   Opportunity for improvement = suggestions, need to review before next audit to see if this is worth implementing 2) Non conformance - Minor = can have a few of these, look to fix 3) Non conformance - Major - won't get certification with a major.  There is a period to address/fix major issue/issues.  Always complete the phase 2 audit as they may discover other majors.
            Output Findings report and several weeks latter the certification.
  • Certification
  • Yearly: Need to repeat and show you are improving based on the findings and the audit will generally go into specific areas in more detail.
More Info:
Data Protection and Regulation note - see bottom of post for ISO27001


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