ISO 27001 Protection Against Malware Policy
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The ISO 27001 Protection Against Malware Policy fully supports ISO/IEC 27001:2022 and ISO/IEC 27001:2013
The ISO 27001 Protection Against Malware Policy is in Microsoft Word format
No. The ISO 27001 Protection Against Malware Policy Template is designed to be easy to implement and easy to configure. It comes with an easy to follow step by step guide. You are provided with a free hour of training if you need it.
It depends on what you are trying to achieve. It works as a stand alone policy but is designed to be part of a pack of information security policies that meet the needs of your business. We sell The ISO 27001 Policy Template Bundle at a significant discount.
The policy is sold stand alone as it serves a specific purpose and often people just want this one policy. When you deploy information security policies into your organisation you may not need all of the policies so we make them available individually. The benefits of having individual policies are: 1. They can be shared only with the people that need the information 2. They can be allocated an owner to update them 3. You can deploy only the policies you need. In addition the 2022 update to the ISO 27001 standard explicitly calls out having a headline policy and subordinate policies.
We estimate that on average it will take you less than 1 hour. The templates require information that you know so there is nothing complicated.
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The ISO 27001 Protection Against Malware Policy is an ISO 27001:2022 topic specific policy that documents the guidelines an organisation follows to protect against malware, viruses and malicious software.
The purpose of the ISO 27001 Protection Against Malware policy is the protection of the organisation from malware, malicious software and viruses. It addresses threats, risks and incidents that impact the security of operations.
ISO 27001:2022 defines the ISO 27001 Protection Against Malware Policy as: The policy sets out what the organisation will do to protect against malware. It is a statement of what is to be done but not how to do it. How to do it is covered in the malware and antivirus process.
There are minor changes in the ISO 27001:2022 update. It is more explicit about supporting the control with user awareness. This means, on the whole, training.
The requirement of the ISO 27001 protection against malware policy is that protection against malware should be implemented and supported by appropriate user awareness.
To comply with the protection against malware policy you are going the write the how you do protection that implements the what you say you do in the policy. Take the policy, that says what you do, and implement it.
To pass an audit of the ISO 27001 protection against malware policy you are going to ensure that you have one.
You are then going to conduct an internal audit, following the How to Conduct an ISO 27001 Internal Audit Guide.
The audit is going to check a number of areas for compliance with the protection against malware policy. Lets go through them
1. That you have installed antivirus software
Putting to one side that it goes without saying that you will have the policy, they are going to check that you have implemented and antivirus solution and that it is deployed appropriately across devices.
2. That you are monitoring and responding
They are going to check that you have reports and are monitoring the antivirus and that when incidents occur that you are responding to them appropriately.
3. That you have considered information security
There are many places where information security and protection of malware come into play. Familiarise yourself with them and make sure they are covered. Consider for example the transfer of information.
In my experience, the top 3 mistakes people make for ISO protection against malware policy are
1. You have no evidence that anything actually happened
You need to keep records and minutes and documented evidence. Recording reports, results, incidents and actions can be a low priority but they will check.
2. You did not cover the basics
Having a policy that does not cover the basics is like having no policy at all. Make sure that the policy covers the basic requirements of malware protection.
3. Your document and version control is wrong
Keeping your document version control up to date, making sure that version numbers match where used, having a review evidenced in the last 12 months, having documents that have no comments in are all good practices.
The ISO 27001 Protection Against Malware Policy is important because virus and malware represent the number 1 risk to your organisation. They are easy to create, easy to propagate and the techniques involved in deploying them are sophisticated and easily fallen for. Virus and malware has been around since the beginning of computing and there is a lot of money to be made for cyber criminals. It is important because it is a first line of defence.
Senior management are accountable for ensuring the ISO 27001 protection Against malware policy. Responsibility of operation is often delegated to the information security manager or dedicated technical resource.
Other than your ISO 27001 certification requiring it, the following are benefits of implementing a protection against malware policy:
Improved security: You will have an effective protection against malware policy that addresses security systems from malicious threats
Reduced risk: You will reduce the risk to your organisation from malicious attacks having preplanned and set in place guidelines
Improved compliance: Standards and regulations require protection against malware to be in place
Reputation Protection: In the event of a breach having effectively managed against malicious attacks will reduce the potential for fines and reduce the PR impact of an event
You can get an ISO 27001 protection against malware policy template here: https://hightable.io/product/malware-and-anti-virus-policy-template/
Not very hard. If you use this protection against malware template the work has been done for you.
There are several that apply but the main ones are:
ISO 27001:2022 Annex A 8.7 Protection Against Malware
and ISO 27001:2022 Annex A 5.7 Threat Intelligence
and ISO 27001:2022 Annex A 5.14 Information Transfer
It will take about a day to write a protection against malware policy that meets ISO 27001 from scratch. With this template it should take about 15 minutes.
The cost of protection against malware policy will depend how you go about it. If you do it yourself it will be free but will take you about 1 day so the cost is lost opportunity cost as you tie up resource doing something that can easily be downloaded. If you download the ISO 27001 protection against malware policy template you are looking at less than ten pounds / dollars.
You can get a free ISO 27001 protection against malware policy PDF here: https://hightable.io/product/malware-and-anti-virus-policy-template/
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