ISO27001 Clause 4.2 Understanding The Needs And Expectations of Interested Parties Beginner’s Guide

ISO27001 Clause 4.2 Understanding The Needs And Expectations of Interested Parties Beginner’s Guide

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In this article we lay bare ISO27001 Clause 4.2 Understanding The Needs And Expectations Of Interested Parties. 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 Clause 4.2

What is ISO27001 Clause 4.2 Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties?

ISO27001 Clause 4.2 is an ISO27001 standard requirement. Certifying to ISO27001 or Implementing ISO27001 means you are going to have to satisfy this ISO27001 clause.

What is the requirement of ISO27001 Clause 4.2?

The ISO27001 clause 4.2 forms, as you would expect, part of ISO27001 Clause 4 Context of Organisation. In clause 4.1 we looked at understanding the organisation and it’s context which broke down into identifying internal and external issues. Here we are going to look at the needs and the expectations of interested parties. Specifically we are looking at people that might have an interest in the effectiveness of the information security management and what their actual requirements are.

This is another quick win as the same interested parties come up time and time again and their requirements rarely change, irrespective of the business you are in. That is why we were able to pre populate our Context of Organisation Template leaving little if any work to do other than review it.

What are the ISO27001:2022 Changes to Clause 4.2?

There is no real change to ISO27001 clause 4.2 for the 2022 update. It has clarified that you will now determine which of the identified requirements will be addressed through the information security management system rather than implying it.

What does the standard say about ISO27001 Clause 4.2?

ISO27001 defines clause 4.2 as:

The organisation shall determine:

a) interested parties that are relevant to the information security management system
b) the requirements of these interested parties
c) which of these requirements will be addressed through the information security management system.

ISO27001:2022 Clause 4.2

How to identify interested parties

Interested parties is just another way of saying stakeholders. You could do a traditional stakeholder analysis. This depends really on if you are wanting to do it right or just pass the ISO27001 certification. You really don’t have to over think it. Just think about who might have an interest in your information security management system actually working and doing its intended job. Ask around, ask colleagues, ask management. You can download our Context of Organisation Template or or you can copy our list below.

How to identify interested parties requirements

Once you have identified them, you can try asking them. As noted these come up time and time again though and are pretty standard. If you don’t want to go to the effort of asking you can download our Context of Organisation Template or copy our list below and just verify it.

ISO27001 Clause 4.2 Interested Parties Example

Interested PartyRequirements Relevant to ISMS
Executive Board• Legal and Regulatory Compliance
• Avoidance of data breach
• Avoidance of fines
• Commercial advantage for tender and sales
• To protect the company reputation
Shareholders• Legal and Regulatory Compliance
• Avoidance of data breach
• Avoidance of fines
• Commercial advantage for tender and sales
• To protect the company reputation
Employees• Legal and Regulatory Compliance
• To understand, implement and follow the governance framework.
• To be trained in the information security management system
• To have appropriate and adequate protection of employee and customer data
• To be able to conduct their role without undue bureaucracy.
• To work in a safe environment
Information Commissioner’s Office and Regulators• Legal and Regulatory Compliance
Law Enforcement Agencies• Legal and Regulatory Compliance
• Timely co-operation on investigations
Customers• Legal and Regulatory Compliance
• Products and services fit for purpose.
• Avoidance of data breach
Insurers• Legal and Regulatory Compliance
• Current applicable contracts for products and services.
• Current applicable contracts covering an understanding of any information security requirements.
Local Residents• No negative or adverse impact from physical and environmental security

ISO27001 Clause 4.2 Template

The ISO27001 Context Of Organisation template fully satisfies the requirements of ISO27001 Clause 4.1 and is pre written with common examples to fast track your implementation. It quickly and effectively satisfies the needs of the clause.

ISO27001 Context of Organisation-Black

Part of the ISO27001 Templates Toolkit but also available to download individually.

ISO27001 Clause 4.2 FAQ

What / who are ISO27001 Interested Parties?

Interested parties are people or entities that have an interest in how your informations security management system is built and operates. Their interests will shape how you build your management system, how you operate it and how you report on it. Examples of interested parties could include the Information Commissioner or equivalent who has an expectation that you are protecting personal information. Customer and clients may have an interest and very specific requirements on what they expect of you for information security. Internally the business owners and senior management may be interested in ensuring that the management system is efficient and does not harm profitability.

What are examples of ISO27001 interested parties requirements?

Examples of ISO27001 interested parties requirements would include ensuring the information security management system is operating effectively and protecting the organisation from cyber attack and legal and regulatory breach. Specific customer examples may include how you store, process or transmit their specific information and the controls that you have in place around it. Commercial requirements will come from the organisation owners and senior management teams.

Do I need to formally record and approve the ISO27001 interested parties and their requirements?

Yes. They should be documented, approved and minuted at a management review team meeting. As part of continual improvement this list will be reviewed and updated at least annually or as significant change occurs. Significant change usually means a new client requirement in the course of business.

How to comply with ISO27001 clause 4.2

How to comply with ISO27001 clause 4.2 Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties

  1. Identify ISO27001 Interested Parties

    Identify and record those people and entities that have an interest in the information security management. Consider using a traditional stakeholder analysis. You can brainstorm amongst company peers, including senior management and business owners the list of interested parties. Examples and a standard list are provided pre written and pre populated in the Context of Organisation template.

  2. Identify the ISO27001 interested parties requirements

    The requirements of the ISO27001 interested can be found in legal contracts, the law of the land, by asking peers in the organisation including senior management and business owners. Examples and a standard list are provided pre written and pre populated in the Context of Organisation template.

  3. Document both the ISO27001 interested parties and their requirements

    Formally document the list of ISO 27001 interested parties and their requirements.

  4. Approve and sign off the list of ISO27001 interested parties and their requirements

    Share the documented list of interested parties and their requirements formally at the management review team meeting. Get acceptance from the group and record in the minutes of the meeting that this was reviewed and accepted.

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