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Information Security Management System for ISO 27001 Requirement 4.4

What does ISO 27001 Clause 4.4 involve?

This clause of ISO 27001 is a simple stated requirement and easily addressed if you are doing everything else right!  It deals with how the organisation implements, maintains and continually improves the information security management system (ISMS).

ISMS.online makes this whole exercise much easier by joining up all the component parts of the ISMS to save time in management through linking the information security management system up.  It provides information management system assurance with automated timestamps, versions, and history of evidence, all from one place in the secure online environment with all the documentation, tools, frameworks and features to demonstrate that in practice. Whether you use ISMS.online or develop your own solution for ISO 27001 and the 137 ish things that need to get done, it is important to evidence you are living and breathing the information security management.

Records and documentation don’t need to be extensive, just enough to run the organisation well in accordance with its culture and risk appetite, whilst also being able to demonstrate the effective operation to the standards and satisfy external auditors.

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Maintaining your information security management system

A secret to the success of maintaining your information security management system to meet clause 4.4 is having the commitment to information security from senior management, whilst also having the technology to make its administration and management a lot easier for everyone involved; information security officers, senior management, staff, suppliers and the auditors themselves. External auditors will want to see the spirit of ISO 27001 being demonstrated and that starts with the senior management and their commitment to the technology being used to coordinate, control and demonstrate everything else works as expected.

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A Template Policy for ISO 27001 Clause 4.4 when using ISMS.online

Below is an example of just how easy this clause becomes to comply with when you have joined up your information security management system.  It can simply point to relevant parts of the ISMS to evidence for an auditor or other interested party that your approach can be trusted. In the live ISMS.online software platform all the parts are preconfigured and connected up whereas below the links simply follow through to the areas of the website as illustrations of what is available on the live platform itself.

Example Policy for Clause 4.4

This completed ISO 27001: 2013/17 environment demonstrates the organisation’s ISMS, in particular, the policies, controls, and requirements, and should be viewed in conjunction with the integrated work areas for maintaining and continually improving within the following areas.

These include:

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How to easily demonstrate 4.4: ISMS to auditors

The ISMS.online platform makes it easy for you to establish a complete information security management system.

Step 1 : Delivering the right tools for success

Our platform comes with the right features for implementing and maintaining an ISMS for your organisation.

  • An all in one place to manage place risks, policies, controls, procedures and regular review process, with at least annual review and independent approval workflow management
  • The ISMS Board will enable you to establish, manage and maintain the system as well as conducts regular management reviews
  • Our pre-built audit-programme, which will allow you to ensure compliance and help continually improve the system
  • Pre-configured tools for nonconformance and corrective actions and security incident management
  • Staff communications and team awareness groups
  • Supplier Account and relationship management
Step 1 : Delivering the right tools for success

Step 2 : Document your evidence within ISMS.online

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 2 : Document your evidence within ISMS.online

Step 3 : Adopt, Adapt, and Add

Our pre-configured ISMS makes it straightforward to evidence requirement 4.4 within our platform and can easily be adapted to your organisation’s needs.

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 3 : Adopt, Adapt, and Add

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 4.4 is part of the first section that ARM will guide you on, which will help you to understand your organisation in relation to information security.

This will then help you to determine which Assets, Systems, People, Locations etc. fall within the scope of your Management system, which will enable you to think about the risks that affect them.

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