According to the ISO 27001 Global Report 2016, which comments on the implementation challenges, benefits and experiences of 250 ISO 27001 implementers globally, found that many organisations struggle with key areas of ISO 27001 implementation.
Top challenges highlighted were:
- Obtaining employee buy-in (41%)
- Finding the right level of expertise to implement the project (39%)
- Being able to properly interpret the Standard’s requirements (31%)
- Creating and managing the ISMS documentation (28%)
Below we’ve discussed how you can overcome these top ISO 27001 implementation challenges:
- Build a case for ISO 27001 to achieve employee buy-in
Obtaining employee buy-in requires you to build an effective case for ISO 27001 in order to sell the Standard to your colleagues. Data breaches are a hot topic right now for boards, so your cyber security concerns should be heard. And if your organisation doesn’t think being cyber secure is important, then you should probably think about moving jobs…
- Train your staff to implement the Standard
Use accredited training providers to equip your employees with the skills to implement ISO 27001. The CIS LI qualification from IT Governance is recognised worldwide, and is taught by industry experts to cover all nine of the key steps involved in planning, implementing and maintaining an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS.
- & 4. Use ISO 27001 templates to interpret the Standard and create your documentation
Implementing and maintaining an ISMS (information security management system) requires up-to-date, accurate and ISO 27001-compliant documentation, which involves a lot of manual work to get it right.
The ISO 27001 ISMS Documentation Toolkit takes that hassle away, helping you decipher the Standard and visualise how its requirements need to be translated into documentation.
Developed by ISO 27001 auditors, the toolkit contains pre-written documents that cover every aspect of the Standard and are easily customisable to the scope of your organisation and the controls you choose to implement.