ISO 27001 Information Security Objectives and Planning to Achieve Them
In this article we lay bare ISO 27001 Clause 6.2 Information Security Objectives and Planning to Achieve Them.
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Table of contents
- ISO 27001 Information Security Objectives and Planning to Achieve Them
- What is ISO 27001 Clause 6.2 Information Security Objectives and Planning to Achieve Them?
- What are the ISO 27001:2022 Changes to Clause 6.2?
- ISO 27001 Clause 6.2 Implementation Guide
- ISO 27001 Clause 6.2 Templates
- ISO 27001 Clause 6.2 FAQ
What is ISO 27001 Clause 6.2 Information Security Objectives and Planning to Achieve Them?
The ISO 27001 standard requires an organisation to establish information security objectives at relevant functions and levels.
This clause is all about information security objectives and planning to meet those objectives.
ISO 27001 Clause 6.2 Definition
The ISO 27001 standard defines clause 6.2 as:
The organisation shall establish information security objectives at relevant functions and levels. The information security objectives shall:
a) be consistent with the information security policy;
b) be measurable (if practicable);
c) take into account applicable information security requirements, and risk assessment and risk treatment results;
d) be monitored
e) be communicated
f) be updated as appropriate.
g) be available as documented information
The organization shall retain documented information on the information security objectives. When planning how to achieve its information security objectives, the organisation shall determine;
h ) what will be done;
i) what resources will be required;
j) who will be responsible;
k) when it will be completed; and
l) how the results will be evaluated.ISO 27001:2022 Clause 6.2
What are the ISO 27001:2022 Changes to Clause 6.2?
ISO 27001 clause 6.2 had minor changes in the 2022 update with the changes being focussed on clarity.
It introduced that information security objectives should be monitored and be available as documented information. This was always implied but is made explicit.
As a result the numbering of the sub parts shifted but this is not material.
ISO 27001 Clause 6.2 Implementation Guide
Consistent with the Information Security Policy
Objectives that you write for the information security management system have to be consistent with the information security policy. Making sure that they are documented in the information security policy so that everyone knows what they are. We do not want a conflict between what the information security policy sets out and what the objectives actually are. They must align.
Information Security Objectives have to be measurable. A great way to think about how to measure an objective is to write it in a way that follows the SMART structure. Objectives should be
There is no point in having an objective if you cannot measure it.
Risk Based Information Security Objectives
ISO 27001 is a risk based information security management system. We take into account he the applicable information security requirements, and risk assessment and risk treatment results.
The risks that form part of this will inform our information security objectives.
Communicated Information Security Objectives
We communicate our information security objectives in a number of ways. We include them in our information security policy. We include them and track them in our Management Review Team Meeting. We may send out additional communications as part of our ISO 27001 Communication Plan.
Information Security Objectives are Updated
The information security objectives are not static. Objectives change over time. We continually assess ourselves and our information security management system for relevance. If things change then we update our objectives. At least annually we will take a look at our objectives and review if they are still relevant and make the appropriate changes.
ISO 27001 Clause 6.2 Templates
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ISO 27001 Clause 6.2 FAQ
The ISO 27001 standard requires an organisation to establish and maintain information objectives that are based on risk and the needs of the business. It expects a plan on how to achieve the objectives as well as appropriate measures.
You can download ISO 27001 Clause 6.2 Information Security Objectives and Planning to Achieve Them templates in the ISO 27001 Toolkit.
An example of ISO 27001 Clause 6.2 Information Security Objectives and Planning to Achieve Them template can be found in the ISO 27001 Toolkit.
Information security objectives should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely (SMART). You define the objective and then define the measures that are the characteristics of the objective.
Yes, ISO 27001 information security objectives are based on risk. ISO 27001 is a risk based management system.