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Internal Audit For ISO 27001 Requirement 9.2

What is covered under ISO 27001 Clause 9.2?

Clause 9 of the management requirements for ISO 27001:2013 is performance evaluation.  9.2 says the organisation shall conduct internal audits at planned intervals to provide information on whether the information security management system (ISMS):

  • Conforms to the organisation’s own requirements for its information security management system; and meets the requirements of the ISO 27001 international standard;
  • Whether the ISMS is effectively implemented and maintained

To achieve those goals the ISO auditor will look to see that the organisation has:

  • Planned, implemented and maintained an audit programme
  • Defined the audit criteria and scope for each audit
  • Selected auditors who will be objective and impartial
  • Ensured that audits are reported to relevant management
  • Retained documented information as evidence

How to conduct internal audits on an information security management system to comply with ISO 27001 9.2

Alongside information security risk management, internal audits are popular in creating anxiety for those new to ISMS’ and in particular organisations that are going for their first ISO 27001 certification. As such we have written a separate article on demystifying the internal audit requirements and expressing how an organisation can achieve it’s internal audit goals with much less stress and anxiety than first thought.

Read our free guide to achieving ISO 27001 first time

How to easily demonstrate 9.2 Internal audits

The ISMS.online platform makes it easy for you to conduct Internal audits at planned intervals, and provide information on whether the system conforms to the requirements and is effectively implemented and maintained.

Step 1 : Focus and planning made easy

ISMS.online can help you focus your planning and assign owners for your audit plan with reminders. It also has easy to use workspaces for capturing results whilst following a simple yet compliant process that dovetails nicely with your corrective actions and improvements work that might follow an audit.
Step 1 : Focus and planning made easy

Step 2 : Adopt, adapt and add

Our pre-configured ISMS will enable you to evidence requirement 9.2 within our platform and easily adapt it to your organisation’s needs. The AAA content for 9.2 provides a tried and tested process for internal audits. You’ll be provided with an audit programme for conducting your audits, guidance on undertaking audits, as well as advice with documenting findings.

You are provided with ready-made controls and references to subordinate policies that can be adopted, adapted, or added to out of the box.

This means that you have ready-made simple to follow foundation for ISO 27001 compliance or certification giving you a 77% head start.

Step 2 : Adopt, adapt and add

Step 3 : Demonstrate to auditors

You can easily demonstrate your work to auditors by recording your evidence within the platform e.g. data, policies, controls, procedures, risks, actions, projects, related documentation and reports.
Step 3 : Demonstrate to auditors

Step 4 : A time-saving path to certification

Our Assured Results Method, ARM, is your simple, practical, time-saving path to first-time ISO 27001 compliance or certification. Requirement 9.2 is part of the third section that ARM will guide you on, where once the foundations of your ISMS have been paid, and Annex A controls have been described, you’ll detail how you comply with the remaining core requirements.
Step 4 : A time-saving path to certification

Step 5 : Extra support whenever you need it

If you need extra support, our optional Virtual Coach provides context-specific help whenever you need it. Additionally, our Service Delivery Team and your Account Manager are only ever a phone call away.
Step 5 : Extra support whenever you need it