International guidance standard for auditing ISMS updated by ISO and IEC

Keeping sensitive company information and personal data safe and secure is not only essential for any business, but a legal imperative. Many organisations do this with the help of an information security management system (ISMS). Now, the international guidance standard for auditing an ISMS has just been updated by the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

In an age of increasing data usage and the risk of information security breaches and cyber attacks, the benefits of an ISMS are clear. Not only can it help to minimise the chance of such breaches occurring, but it can also reduce the costs associated with keeping information safe.

ISO/IEC 27001 is one of the world’s best-known International Standards for the requirements of an ISMS, and part of a series of standards designed to help organisations manage the security of their information.

One of the standards in that series, ISO/IEC 27007 Information Technology – Security Techniques – Guidelines for Information Security Management Systems Auditing, provides guidelines for effective audits of ISMS to ensure they are as robust and competent as they’re intended to be. It has just been revised to ensure it remains fit for purpose and align it with updates to its complementary standard, ISO 19011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems.

The standard provides extensive guidance on auditing the requirements stated in ISO/IEC 27001 as well as on the competence of ISMS auditors. It’s also intended to be used in conjunction with the guidance contained in ISO 19011.

ISO/IEC 27007 was developed by Joint Technical Committee ISO/IEC JTC 1 Information Technology, Sub-Committee SC 27, Information Security, Cyber Security and Privacy protection, the secretariat of which is held by DIN, ISO’s designated member for Germany.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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