ISO 27001 Clause 5.1 Leadership and Commitment

ISO 27001 Clause 5.1 Leadership and Commitment

What is ISO 27001 Clause 5.1, how to write it and a downloadable ISO 27001 Clause 5.1 Template.

What is ISO 27001 Clause 5.1 Leadership and Commitment

There are many aspects of ISO 27001 that ISO templates can help with and indeed there are many ISO 27001 mandatory documents. Leadership and commitment is one area that you will need both the templates and to actually get management and leadership buy in. This is a top down approach. It has to be seen as a top down approach.

What is the actual requirement of Clause 5.1 and how to meet it

The actual requirement is that we need to be able to demonstrate leadership and commitment for the information security management system and the standard is pretty clear on what that means and what it wants to see. Leadership and commitment by:

ISO 27001 Clause 5.1 a) ensuring the information security policy and the information security objectives are established and are compatible with the strategic direction of the organisation

This is easy to satisfy

  • Organisation Overview describes the business and its objectives and mission and values.
  • The Information Security Management System document sets out the information security objectives.


ISO 27001 Clause 5.1 b) ensuring the integration of the information security management system requirements into the organisation’s processes;

Satisfy this by having information security policies in place and process operating in line with the standard. Specific evidence can be shown against each control.


ISO 27001 Clause 5.1 c) ensuring that the resources needed for the information security management system are available;

A quick win and straightforward to satisfy


ISO 27001 Clause 5.1 d) communicating the importance of effective information security management and of conforming to the information security management system requirements;

Communication can easily be evidence


ISO 27001 Clause 5.1 e) ensuring that the information security management system achieves its intended outcome(s);


ISO 27001 Clause 5.1 f ) directing and supporting persons to contribute to the effectiveness of the information security management system;

  • Employment contracts and third party contracts include coverage of information security requirements.
  • Document: Competency Matrix captures the core competencies and training requirements of staff in relation to information security
  • Document: IS 06 Information Security Awareness and Training Policy sets out the training and awareness and evidence was seen of the operation.
  • Document: Communication Plan sets out the communications for the year across media and approaches


ISO 27001 Clause 5.1 g) promoting continual improvement;


ISO 27001 Clause 5.1 h) supporting other relevant management roles to demonstrate their leadership as it applies to their areas of responsibility.

  • Document: Information Security Roles Assigned and Responsibilities sets out the roles and responsibilities with allocated resource.
  • A Management Review Team should be put in place with representatives from across the business.
  • Document: Competency Matrix captures the core competencies and training requirements of staff in relation to information security
  • Document: Communication Plan sets out the communications for the year across media and approaches

All part of the ISO 27001 Templates Toolkit but also available to download individually.

Summary

Getting this right is important. Without the leadership and the commitment the information security management system will fail. Think about why you are doing it and check that the management agrees. If they do not, or they see it has a burden then you are doomed to fail from the offset. It can be just a tick box exercise, to succeed, it really really should not be.

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