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Operational planning & control for ISO 27001 Requirement 8.1

ISO 27001 Clause 8.1 – Operational planning and control

This clause is very easy to demonstrate evidence against if the organisation has already ‘showed its workings.’

In developing the information security management system (ISMS) to comply with requirements 6.16.2 and in particular 7.5 where the whole ISMS is well structured and documented, this also achieves 8.1 at the same time. It is about planning, implementation and control to ensure the outcomes of the information security management system are achieved.

Smart organisations going through their planning and early implementation of the information security management system with ISO 27001 certification in mind will also conduct management reviews in line with clause 9.3. We recommend these management reviews for information security happen weekly in the early stages to maintain momentum and build the habit, then stabilise to less frequent periods after the stage 1 audit. Whilst not all the 9.3 standard agenda items can be demonstrated during implementation, administrators can note what has been achieved, what is planned next. It will give independent auditors confidence the organisation is planning well, showing consideration to its spirit of the standard as well as practicing management reviews too.

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How to easily demonstrate 8.1-8.3 Planning and control

The ISMS.online platform makes it easy for you to demonstrate good planning and control by connecting up the relevant requirements of ISO 27001.

Step 1 : Adopt, adapt and add

Our pre-configured ISMS will enable you to evidence requirements 8.1-8.3 within our platform and easily adapt it to your organisation’s needs. The AAA content for 8.1-8.3 references the relevant requirements that address this area, simplifying the approach to this requirement.

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 1 : Adopt, adapt and add

Step 2 : Demonstrate to your 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 2 : Demonstrate to your auditors

Step 3 : 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 8.1-8.3 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 3 : A time-saving path to certification

Step 4 : 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 4 : Extra support whenever you need it