Creating the documentation for an ISMS (information security management system) is often time-consuming and can seem like a daunting task if you’re new to ISO 27001.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to ISO 27001, hence the international standard doesn’t provide documentation templates. Information security risks vary from one organization to another, which only adds to the challenge. As such, you must adapt your ISMS – and the necessary documentation – accordingly.
To help you get started, we have outlined three approaches to tackling ISO 27001 documentation:
- Trial and error
If you’re planning to design and create your own ISMS, you run the risk that it might not meet the Standard’s requirements, hindering the certification process. This lengthy approach requires dedication and commitment and is perhaps not the most efficient use of your time. Alternatively, the Get A Little Help Package is a hybrid of the complete DIY approach – trial and error – and consultancy.
- External expertise
Opting for consultancy – where you bring in an experienced expert – is arguably a much safer option. An external expert will not only significantly reduce the risk of failure but also help alleviate any resource issues.
However, despite being a much faster approach than trial and error, consultants will need to take time to learn your existing systems and processes before they can begin to document them and any new ones.
- Documentation toolkits
Fully ISO 27001 compliant, documentation toolkits offer customizable documentation templates. The easy-to-use dashboards and gap analysis tools ensure complete coverage of the Standard.
Documentation toolkits can significantly reduce errors and save you a considerable amount of time and money. Developed by ISO 27001 experts, IT Governance’s documentation toolkit meets the Standard’s requirements in full, as well as those of several cybersecurity regulations. The ISO 27001 Cybersecurity Documentation Toolkit provides all the mandatory and supporting documentation templates you may require, and is more cost-effective than consultancy fees.
Take a free trial of the ISO 27001 Cybersecurity Documentation Toolkit to see how you can implement a robust cybersecurity management system with the help of pre-written documentation templates.