ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35 Independent Review Of Information Security

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ISO 27001 Independent Review Of Information Security

In this ultimate guide to ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35 Independent Review Of Information Security you will learn

  • What is ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35
  • How to implement ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35

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What is ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35 Independent Review Of Information Security?

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35 Independent review of information security is an ISO 27001 control that wants you to get an independent review of your information security management and controls at planned intervals or when things change significantly.

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35 Purpose

The purpose of ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35 Independent review of information security is to ensure that what you are doing is still suitable, adequate and effective.

It is independent so that you do not mark your own homework or become complacent in your operations.

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35 Definition

The ISO 27001 standard defines ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35 as:

The organisations approach to managing information security and its implementation including people, processes and technologies should be reviewed independently at planned intervals, or when significant changes occur. 

ISO 27001:2022 Annex A 5.35 Independent review of information security

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ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35 Implementation Guide

Process of independent review

You will have policy and process for independent reviews. Consider the guidance in ISO 27001 Clause 9.2 Internal audit.

For the process of independent review and audit you can learn the exact process by reading How to Conduct an Internal Audit.

Plan your reviews

You will plan your reviews on a periodic basis. There is no real guidance on periodic so plan to do one full audit of everything at least annually. You can implement an audit plan that includes both internal and external audits and reviews.

Continual Improvement

Opportunities for continual improvement form part of the independent review. Based on the continual improvement policy and process this is an opportunity to identify any needs for change or enhancements.

Consider the guidance in ISO 27001 Clause 10.1 Continual Improvement.

Independent Persons

Independence can be achieved using internal or external persons as long as they are independent of the area being reviewed. The people should have the competence to do the review and not have authority over the area being reviewed.

Reports to Management

Independent reviews are reported to management and to top management as appropriate. Using the mechanism of the Management Review Team and the Management Review Team meeting is a great way to report out. Following the structured management review team agenda as defined by the standard.

Corrective Actions

Corrective actions may be required and should be implemented if the review finds things not working as intended. You would record it in the incident and corrective action log, potentially in the risk register if there is a risk identified and manage it as part of the corrective action process.

For further guidance refer to ISO 27001:2002 Clause 10.2 Corrective Action

When to conduct independent reviews

In addition to the planned periodic independent reviews there are other times that you would consider conducting independent reviews. They could be when

  • Laws change
  • Regulations change
  • You start a new business venture
  • You change business practice
  • You enter a new jurisdiction
  • Your security controls change

Other applicable standards

ISO/IEC 27007 and ISO/IEC TS 27008 provide guidance for carrying out independent reviews. 

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ISO 27001 Independent Review of Information Security Templates

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What are the Benefits of ISO 27001 5.35 Independent review of information security?

Other than your ISO 27001 certification requiring it, the following are the top 5 benefits of ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35 Independent review of information security: 

  1. You cannot get ISO 27001 certification without it.
  2. Improved security: You will have an effective information security implementation that has been independently checked and verified
  3. Reduced risk: You will reduce the information security risks by having an independent review and implementing any continual improvements
  4. Improved compliance: Standards and regulations require you to have an independent review
  5. Reputation Protection: In the event of a breach having an independent review process in place will reduce the potential for fines and reduce the PR impact of an event

Why is ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35 Independent review of information security important?

Independent reviews are important as they give an impartial view of your information security management systems and controls. They bring fresh eyes, not constrained by day to day operations. Using competent people can lead to significant continual improvements that increase your information security posture.

ISO 27001 Controls and Attribute values

Control typeInformation
security properties
Cybersecurity
concepts
Operational
capabilities
Security domains
Preventive
Availability
Confidentiality
Integrity
Identify
Protect
Information protection
Governance and ecosystem

ISO 27001:2022 requirements

Organisational Controls - A5

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.1 Policies for information security

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.2 Information Security Roles and Responsibilities

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.3 Segregation of duties

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.4 Management responsibilities

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.5 Contact with authorities

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.6 Contact with special interest groups

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.7 Threat intelligence – new

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.8 Information security in project management

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.9 Inventory of information and other associated assets – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.10 Acceptable use of information and other associated assets – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.11 Return of assets

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.11 Return of assets

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.13 Labelling of information

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.14 Information transfer

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.15 Access control

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.16 Identity management

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.17 Authentication information – new

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.18 Access rights – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.19 Information security in supplier relationships

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.20 Addressing information security within supplier agreements

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.21 Managing information security in the ICT supply chain – new

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.22 Monitoring, review and change management of supplier services – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.23 Information security for use of cloud services – new

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.24 Information security incident management planning and preparation – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.25 Assessment and decision on information security events 

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.26 Response to information security incidents

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.27 Learning from information security incidents

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.28 Collection of evidence

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.29 Information security during disruption – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.31 Identification of legal, statutory, regulatory and contractual requirements

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.32 Intellectual property rights

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.33 Protection of records

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.34 Privacy and protection of PII

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35 Independent review of information security

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.36 Compliance with policies and standards for information security

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.37 Documented operating procedures 

Technology Controls - A8

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.1 User Endpoint Devices

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.2 Privileged Access Rights

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.3 Information Access Restriction

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.4 Access To Source Code

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.5 Secure Authentication

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.6 Capacity Management

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.7 Protection Against Malware

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.8 Management of Technical Vulnerabilities

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.9 Configuration Management 

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.10 Information Deletion

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.11 Data Masking

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.12 Data Leakage Prevention

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.13 Information Backup

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.14 Redundancy of Information Processing Facilities

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.15 Logging

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.16 Monitoring Activities

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.17 Clock Synchronisation

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.18 Use of Privileged Utility Programs

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.19 Installation of Software on Operational Systems

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.20 Network Security

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.21 Security of Network Services

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.22 Segregation of Networks

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.23 Web Filtering

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.24 Use of CryptographyISO27001 Annex A 8.25 Secure Development Life Cycle

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.26 Application Security Requirements

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.27 Secure Systems Architecture and Engineering Principles

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.28 Secure Coding

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.29 Security Testing in Development and Acceptance

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.30 Outsourced Development

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.31 Separation of Development, Test and Production Environments

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.32 Change Management

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.33 Test Information

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.34 Protection of information systems during audit testing