Table of Contents
- ISO27002: 2022 Clause 5.4 Management Responsibilities
- What is ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 Management Responsibilities?
- ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 Definition
- ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 Implementation Guide
- ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 Templates
- How to comply with ISO27001 Annex A 5.4
- How to pass an audit of ISO27001 Annex A 5.4
- What will an audit check?
- Top 3 Annex ISO27001 A 5.4 Mistakes People Make
- Why is ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 Important?
- ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 FAQ
- Matrix of controls and attribute values
- See Also
ISO27002: 2022 Clause 5.4 Management Responsibilities
In this article I lay bare ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 / ISO27002: 2022 Clause 5.4 Management Responsibilities.
A beginners guide, exposing the insider trade secrets, giving you the templates that will save you hours of your life and showing you exactly what you need to do to satisfy it for ISO27001 certification. We show you exactly what changed in the ISO27001:2022 update. I am Stuart Barker the ISO27001 Ninja and this is ISO27001 Annex A 5.4
What is ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 Management Responsibilities?
ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 Management Responsibilities is an ISO27002: 2022 control that requires management to ensure that people apply information security in line with documented policies and procedures.
ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 Definition
The ISO27001 standard defines Annex A 5.4 Management Responsibilities as:
Management should require all personnel to apply information security in accordance with the established information security policy, topic-specific policies and procedures of the organization.ISO27001 Annex A 5.4
ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 Implementation Guide
You are going to have to ensure that:
- roles and responsibilities are documented and people are briefed on them before they get access to information
- guidelines for information security expectations are in place and they are shared with people
- information security policies are in place and people are aware that they are mandated
- implement information security training and awareness relevant to people’s roles
- have terms and conditions of employment, contracts or agreements that include information security and relate to the policies
- information security skills and qualifications where relevant are ongoing
- you have a whistleblowing process
- adequate resources are made available for information security related controls and processes.
ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 Templates
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How to comply with ISO27001 Annex A 5.4
To comply with ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 you are going to implement the ‘how’ to the ‘what’ the control is expecting. In short measure you are going to:
- Document your information security roles and responsibilities
- Implement a program of Information Security Training and Awareness and maintain a Communication Plan
- Implement Information Security Management Policies
- Engage a HR specialist to ensure your HR documentation is legal and meets HR best practice
- Ensure you have contracts in place with all staff, contractors and third parties
- Maintain a competency matrix to track the skills and qualifications of staff
- Implement a whistleblowing process
- Free people’s time to work on information security or bring in specialist help
How to pass an audit of ISO27001 Annex A 5.4
To pass an audit of ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 Management Responsibilities you are going to make sure that you have followed the steps above in how to comply.
You are going to do that by first conducting an internal audit, following the How to Conduct an ISO27001 Internal Audit Guide.
What will an audit check?
The audit is going to check a number of areas. Lets go through the main ones
#1 That you have contracts in place
What this means is that you need to show that you have in date contracts in place with all staff, contractors and third parties. Those contracts will explicitly state the informations security requirements.
#2 That you have security training and awareness
You need to implement information security and awareness training relevant to people’s roles. The audit will check that the training has taken place. The audit is also going to check that people have read and accepted the policies that are also relevant to their role. This is one occasion where an information security training tool can greatly help you.
#3 That you have a whistle blowing process
Often overlooked, the requirement for people to be able to report information security related issues whilst being protected. Where this is applicable the process should be documented.
Top 3 Annex ISO27001 A 5.4 Mistakes People Make
The top 3 Mistakes People Make For ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 are
#1 You have no contracts in place
You need to have contracts in place and they need to include relevant information security requirements. This can often be overlooked or the contracts that you have can be out of date. It is a good idea to check before the audit.
#2 One or more members of your team haven’t done what they should have done
Prior to the audit check that all members of the team have done what they should have. Do they know where the policies are? Have they acknowledged them? Did someone join last month and forget to do it? Check!
#3 Your document and version control is wrong
Keeping your document version control up to date, making sure that version numbers match where used, having a review evidenced in the last 12 months, having documents that have no comments in are all good practices.
Why is ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 Important?
ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 Management Responsibilities is important because the standard requires that information security is driven from the top down and that everyone knows what is expected of them.
The purpose of this control is to ensure that management understand their role in information security and that they ensure that all personnel are aware of their information security responsibilities. It is their job to ensure that personnel fulfil those responsibilities.
ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 FAQ
The list of policies you need can be found here: https://hightable.io/iso-27001-policies/
You decide what policies you need by first completing your Statement of Applicability and then identify in conjunction with the ISO27001 standard the required policies for your implementation.
There are templates for ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 located here: https://hightable.io/product/iso-27001-policy-template-bundle/
ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 Sample PDF: https://hightable.io/product/iso-27001-policy-template-bundle/
Yes. Whilst the ISO27001 Annex A clauses are for consideration to be included in your Statement of Applicability there is no reason we can think of that would allow you to exclude ISO27001 Annex A 5.4. Management Responsbilities are a fundamental part of any governance, risk and compliance framework. They are a fundamental part of any information security management system. They are explicitly required for ISO27001.
ISO27001 templates for ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 are located here: https://hightable.io/product/iso-27001-policy-template-bundle/
ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 is not particularly hard. It can take a lot of time if you are doing it yourself but it is not technically very hard. We would recommend templates to fast track your implementation.
ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 will take approximately 1 week to complete if you are starting from nothing and doing it yourself. With an ISO27001 Policy Template bundle it should take you less than 1 day.
The cost of ISO27001 Annex A 5.4 will depend how you go about it. If you do it yourself it will be free but will take you about 1 week so the cost is lost opportunity cost as you tie up resource doing something that can easily be downloaded. If you download an ISO27001 Template toolkit then you are looking at a couple of hundred pounds / dollars.
You document roles and responsibilities in the ISO27001 roles and responsibilities template that has pre written the required roles for ISO27001.
Information security skills are recorded in the ISO27001 Competency Matrix.
A guide to the competency matrix with step by step how to create it guide is here: https://hightable.io/how-to-build-a-competency-matrix/
The best way to implement information security training and awareness is by using a tool. In addition you will maintain an information security communication plan.
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