The Ultimate Guide To ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.2 Information Security Risk Assessment

ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.2 Information security risk assessment guide

In this article we lay bare ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.2 Information Security Risk Assessment. 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 ISO 27001 certification.

What is ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.2?

 The ISO 27001 standard requires an organisation to establish and maintain information security risk assessment processes that include the risk acceptance and assessment criteria.

This clause is all about risk assessment. The ISO 27001 standard for ISO 27001 certification wants you define and implement a risk assessment process.

That risk assessment process has to set out risk criteria which are the parameters of your risk management.

Risk acceptance criteria

You will set out what your risk acceptance criteria is. This is straightforward, and is a definition under what circumstances you will accept risks. This can also be very straightforward, and the easiest way is to implement risk scoring and set a particular score at which you will accept risk. Of course, you will also have the ability to override this structured approach to risk acceptance. Usually this is done by allowing the Management Review Team or the Senior Management Team to accept risks.

Criteria for performing information security risk assessments

The circumstances in which you perform a risk assessment will be defined and documented. You will perform a complete risk assessment at least annually or when significant change occurs. In addition, risk assessments will form part of your supplier onboarding process, your change management processes and potentially other areas of your business.

Consistent Risk Assessment

Under the standard you are to ‘ensure that repeated information security risk assessments produce consistent, valid and comparable results;’. This is straightforward to do by writing and documenting your risk management process, implementing a risk register and having consistent and effective risk scoring. By ensuring the process is in place and can be easily followed, with strict definitions and scoring the process will produce consistent results.

Risk Identification

Risk identification can often be confusing if you are not used to it. There is a usual approach to over complicate matters. This leads to a complicated risk framework with a risk register overpopulated with risks which can easily become unwieldy and unmanageable.

We must bear in mind that risk identification only applies to the in-scope products and services. The thing that we are going for ISO 27001 certification for. There is a benefit to widen the risk management coverage, but the standard only applies to what is in scope.

In addition, we are only concerned for ISO 27001 certification with risks associated with the loss of confidentiality, integrity and availability for information.

Identify Risk Owners

Risk owners must be identified. It is expected that risks are assigned to individuals and not to teams. This ensures accountability and true ownership. It is acceptable to assign risk ownership to roles rather than named individuals but assigning them to teams should be avoided.

Analyse the information security risks

Once identified and assigned to owners’ risks will be analysed.

  • assess the potential consequences that would result if the risks identified in 6.1.2c) were to materialise
  • assess the realistic likelihood of the occurrence of the risks identified in 6.1.2 c)
  • determine the levels of risk

Evaluate the information security risks

Once we have the risks, we are going to analyse the information security risks to compare the results of risk analysis with the risk criteria established and prioritise the analysed risks for risk treatment.

ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.2 Templates

ISO 27001 templates are a great way to implement your information security management system. Whilst an ISO 27001 toolkit can save you up to 30x in consulting fees and allow you to deliver up to 10x faster these individual templates help meet the specific requirements of ISO 27001 clause 6.1.2.

ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.2 FAQ

What is ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.2 Information security risk assessment?

The ISO 27001 standard requires an organisation to establish and maintain information security risk assessment processes that include the risk acceptance and assessment criteria.

Where can I download ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.2 Information security risk assessment templates?

You can download Clause 6.1.2 Information security risk assessment templates here: https://hightable.io/product/iso-27001-templates-toolkit/

ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.2 Information security risk assessment templates example

An example of Clause 6.1.2 Information security risk assessment can be found here: https://hightable.io/product/iso-27001-templates-toolkit/

Is there an ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.2 risk register?

Yes. A complete guide to the ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.2 risk register can be found here: https://hightable.io/risk-register/

Is there a guide to the risk management policy used in ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.2?

A guide to the ISO 27001 risk management policy used by ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.2 is located here: https://hightable.io/risk-management-policy/

ISO 27001 Certification Requirements

See Also

Reference

ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management

ISO 27001 Strategy Session
ISO 27001 ISO 27001 Toolkit
ISO 27001 Policy Bundle

ISO 27001 Templates Toolkit: Business Edition

ISO 27001 Policy Templates: Professional Edition

Stuart Barker

About the Author

Stuart Barker

Stuart is an ISO 27001 Consultant and author of the ISO 27001 Templates Toolkit. Over 20 years he has helped hundreds of organisations with the ISO 27001 standard and getting them ISO 27001 certification with a 100% success rate.

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