ISO 27001 Scope Statement Beginner’s Guide

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You want to lean how to define ISO 27001 Scope? You are unsure about how to go about it, where to start, what to include and how to write it?

In this article I am going to show you how to quickly and simply write, define and implement ISO 27001 Scope.

I am Stuart Barker the ISO 27001 Ninja and this is how to define ISO 27001 Scope.

What is ISO 27001 Scope

ISO 27001 scope is the scope of the information security management system

We are going to build an information security management system with the information security policies and apply it to something to get ISO 27001 certified

The ‘something’ that we are going to apply it to is the scope.

We document the scope in an ISO 27001 Scope Statement.

ISO 27001 Scope Examples

When considering the what of ISO 27001 scope we can look at examples where we might want to apply the standard and gain ISO 27001 certification.

Common examples include

  • A product
  • A service
  • A location
  • A geography
  • A team
  • A department

What is an ISO 27001 Scope Statement

The ISO 27001 Scope statement is the statement that will appear on your ISO 27001 certificate. 

The ISO 27001 certificate is the public document that you share with customers and potential customers. 

They will use this information to assess if the ISO 27001 certificate covers what they are buying from you and therefore if they can place reliance on it for their needs.

The scope statement shows which parts of your business are certified and it shows them that you are doing the right thing for information security.

If the ISO 27001 scope statement does not cover the products or services that they are buying from you then they cannot place reliance on it and it will not be valid for them.

Consider an extreme example where your ISO 27001 scope statement covers the company stationary cupboard (I know, I know, it is an example) and the customer is buying an online SAAS Platform from you. Does the fact that you have ISO 27001 certification for your stationary cupboard give them assurances that the online SAAS Platform is secure and managed to the standard of ISO 27001?

If you are struggling with this one, let me help you, the answer is no.


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How to define ISO 27001 Scope: Step By Step

When defining your scope be as clear as you can and include in your scope document the things that are in scope and the things that are out of scope. This is an extension to the scope statement and for your own management. Consider

  • Systems
  • People
  • Locations
  • Departments

Providing good documentation such as a Scope Document with associated architecture diagrams, technical documentation, network diagrams will enable you to define the boundaries of your ISO 27001 scope more clearly.

Time needed: 1 hour

How to define ISO 27001 Scope

  1. List your products and services

    Create list of all of your products and services. Use the names that your customers use and know them by.

  2. Choose the products and services that need ISO 27001 certification

    From the list of all of your products and services choose the ones that customers are asking you about and / or the ones that you want to have and ISO 27001 certificate for.

  3. Identify the people, technology and premises that make up the chosen products and services.

    List out the departments in the company, the technologies and the locations that make up the products and / or services that you want to have and ISO 27001 certification.

  4. Write a clear ISO 27001 scope statement

    Write a clear statement that states the products and / or services and then clearly sets out the people, technology and locations that are in scope for the ISO 27001 certification.

ISO 27001 Scope Statement Examples

ISO 27001 Scope Statement Example 1: High Table Scope Statement

The following is taken directly from our very own ISO 27001 scope statement:

Information security consultancy and virtual chief information security officer services in accordance with the statement of applicability version 2

High Table ISO 27001 Scope Statement

ISO 27001 Scope Statement Example 2: General Scope Statement

The scope encompasses all employees, locations, technology, data assets and business processes that deliver [List the products and services in scope] in accordance with the statement of applicability version [version number].

General ISO 27001 Scope Statement

A great ISO 27001 scope example is provided in the ISO 27001 Scope Document template and can be readily reused and adapted for your needs.

ISO 27001 Scope Statement Template

Doing so many ISO 27001 certifications over the years led to the creation of the ISO 27001 Scope Document Template that people can use as part of their own ISO 27001 certification.

ISO27001 Scope Document Template

ISO 27001 Scope Statement Tutorial

In this short video tutorial I show you how to use the ISO 27001 Scope Statement.

What is the scope of ISO 27001?

The actual scope of ISO 27001 as a standard covers information security. It defines information security as the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data. The right people, with the right access, to the right data at the right time. As a standard ISO 27001 is actually a little tricker than that and bats above it’s pay grade in a number of areas. 

Specifically it likes to include catch all statements like complying with all relevant laws. A great catch all and as such it opens up the audit to review all laws that are relevant and seek assurance you are meeting them. In practical terms, most certification auditors are only really comfortable with data protection laws such as those related to GDPR. They will go out of their way to make sure you fully meet the GDPR thus, in effective, expanding the scope of what is in reality a very simple standard.

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