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International guidance standard for auditing ISMS updated by ISO and IEC

by Brian Sims

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.

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