The Ultimate Guide To ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 Information Security Risk Treatment

ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 Information Security Risk Treatment Essential Guide

What is ISO 27001 Clause 8.3?

The ISO 27001 standard requires an organisation to treat risks and to keep evidence of the results.

ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 is all about risk treatment.

Where we covered the risk treatment planning in ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.3 here we look at the execution.

The ISO 27001 standard for ISO 27001 certification wants you to effectively treat and manage risks.

That risk treatment process has to maintain evidence of the risk treatment which is done by using a risk register.

ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 Definition

The ISO 27001 standard defines ISO 27001 clause 8.3 as:

The organisation shall implement the information security risk treatment plan.
The organisation shall retain documented information of the results of the information security risk treatment.

ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 Information Security Risk Treatment

ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 Risk Treatment Examples

Risk treatment examples include:

  • You can accept the risk. You would hold a management review meeting, get agreement to accept the risk, minute the meeting to document the decision and update the risk register.
  • You could transfer the risk. Whilst you cannot transfer the accountability for a risk you can transfer the treatment of the risk. An example of this would be having insurance in place or outsourcing to a third party.
  • You could mitigate the risk. The level of mitigation may be to reduce but not eliminate the risk or to eliminate the risk. It really depends on the risk appetite of the organisation.

ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 Implementation Guide

To meet the requirement of ISO 27001 clause 8.3 you must evidence that the risk treatment plan that you described in ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.3 is being implemented. The way that you do this is by having effective risk management in place, using a risk register that includes all of the required controls and includes residual risk and then ensuring that the risk register is shared with, and minuted at, the management review team meeting.

The controls that you selected in the Statement of Applicability are all designed to effectively manage risk.

You ensure that you can tie your risk register and your risk treatment to the controls that you have, including those you choose in the Statement of Applicability.

How to conduct an ISO 27001 risk treatment

You use the risk register and sure that you provide an effective risk rating for each risk.

Using your risk treatment plan you will have identified the relevant risk treatment based on risk level.

This can be overridden by the management review team meeting.

For each risk that you identify, once you have identified the risk treatment implement the treatment you have chosen. If this is to either introduce or enhance controls, including those in the Statement of Applicability, follow your continual improvement process.

Once the risk treatment is implemented update the risk register and conduct and audit of the risk again and record the residual risk score.

This is the new risk score based on the new risk treatment.

Ideally the risk score will have gone down.

You would not want to implement a control for a risk that did not positively impact its risk score and go some way to mitigating it.

ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 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 8.3.

ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 FAQ

What is ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 Information Security Risk Treatment ?

The ISO 27001 standard requires an organisation to perform risk treatment for identified risks and record evidence of the risk treatment.

Where can I download ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 Information Security Risk Treatment ?

You can download ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 Information Security Risk Treatment templates here: https://hightable.io/product/iso-27001-templates-toolkit/

ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 Information Security Risk Treatment example?

An example of ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 Information Security Risk Treatment can be found here: https://hightable.io/product/iso-27001-templates-toolkit/

Is there an ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 Information Security Risk Treatment risk register?

Yes. A complete guide to the ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 Information Security Risk Treatment 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 8.3?

A guide to the ISO 27001 risk management policy used by ISO 27001 Clause 8.3 is located here: https://hightable.io/risk-management-policy/

How do you keep evidence of a risk treatment?

There are several ways to keep and how evidence of a risk assessment:
1. Hold an annual risk review meeting and minute the results
2. Maintain and use a risk register
3. Follow the structure agenda of the management review team meeting which covers risk assessment
4. Include risk assessment as part of your operational processes

How often do you conduct a risk treatment?

At any point that the risk identified is unacceptable and needs to be addressed

How do you conduct an ISO 27001 risk treatment?

Read the complete guide to ISO risk assessment here: https://hightable.io/iso-27001-risk-assessment-guide/

ISO 27001 Certification Requirements

Further Reading

For more on planning for risk assessment be sure to read: ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.2 Information security risk assessment Guide

For more on planning for risk treatment be sure to read: ISO 27001 Clause 6.1.3 Information Security Risk Treatment Guide

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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