Documentation required by ISO 27001

Organisations seeking ISO 27001 compliance must prove their compliance with the Standard by completing appropriate documents.

List of documents required for ISO 27001 compliance


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Organisations must also complete documents in Annex A, which details a list of controls that must be considered for inclusion in the Statement of Applicability.

Although only some of these are mandatory, any control that’s relevant must be documented. This will typically include:

  • 7.1.2 and A.13.2.4 Definition of security roles and responsibilities
  • 8.1.1 An inventory of assets
  • 8.1.3 Rules for the acceptable use of assets
  • 8.2.1 Information classification scheme
  • 9.1.1 Access control policy
  • 12.1.1 Operating procedures for IT management
  • 12.4.1 and A.12.4.3 Logs of user activities, exceptions, and security events
  • 14.2.5 Secure system engineering principles
  • 15.1.1 Supplier security policy
  • 16.1.5 Incident management procedure
  • 17.1.2 Business continuity procedures
  • 18.1.1 Statutory, regulatory, and contractual requirements

Where to start with ISO 27001 documentation

Given the number of documents you need to complete and the lack of guidance from the Standard, the documentation stage can be incredibly time-consuming and stressful. There is no right way to approach the process, but organisations usually commit to one of three methods.

The first is trial and error, which we wouldn’t recommend. The documentation process is simply too big to go into without a plan, and even though you’ll quickly learn from your mistakes, you’ll burn through a lot of money doing so.

The second method is to bring in consultants to guide you through what you need to know. This is the most expensive approach, but it’s also the safest, reducing the risk of costly mistakes.

This approach is also the fastest route to ISO 27001 compliance, but don’t expect overnight success: consultants will need to learn your systems and processes before they can begin.

The third method is to purchase a documentation toolkit. These are packages that contain template documents and tools to help you meet the Standard’s requirements.

Some toolkits, such as our ISO 27001 ISMS Documentation Toolkit, include direction and guidance from expert ISO 27001 practitioners.

The toolkit includes:

  • A complete set of easy-to-use, customisable and fully ISO 27001-compliant documentation templates that will save you time and money;
  • Easy-to-use dashboards and gap analysis tools to ensure complete coverage of the Standard; and
  • Direction and guidance from expert ISO 27001 practitioners.

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A version of this blog was originally published on 27 October 2017.

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  1. cyber security services 8th July 2019