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Implementation questions

Hello Dejan,

I think I got a decent understanding on how to work on how the standard works from the videos, so I went ahead and started the implementation with the help of the documentation toolkit.

I have a few questions you may be able to help me with:

We are a small startup and have very little internal bureaucracy, let alone a document template pre-designed for that purpose, so in that sense we can be very flexible as to how we want the ISO 27001 documents to look like. I thought I'd keep everything in electronic format and rely on the word processor's features for things such as authorship, version control, signature and approval of documents, etc. That means that many of the elements present in the templates from the toolkit (the change history table, table of contents, page numbers, etc.) are redundant since they are already available as document metadata outside of the page. I understand these fields would be useful if we were to ever keep a printed copy of the document, but I don't think that is going to be the case. So my question is, should we nevertheless adhere to the format provided in the templates as a best practice or is any format adequate as long as it is consistent with the specifications from the "Procedure for Document and Record Control" document?
Similarly, the use of job titles seems excessive for a company our size, where a single employee is usually the only one responsible for writing the document, approving it and monitoring compliance. We do not have upper management levels nor board of directors. In that sense, to what extent should we rely on the use of role names such as Information Security Manager, as opposed to a more generic IT Manager? Should these job descriptions be reflected somewhere else, such as in the employment contract?
While working on some of the documents I noticed that the assessment of things such as requirements and stakeholders can be rather subjective. Is there any possibility of a certification body raising concerns owing to a disagreement on how this assessment was performed? In other words, how can we judge whether these documents contain enough and accurate information for the certification to be successful?
The documentation toolkit is sold with the premise of it containing all the information we need to become certified, but it refers to the standard itself at various explanatory notes throughout. E.g.: Requirements relevant for ISMS implementation are those established by the standard itself (all statements that contain the word “shall” are requirements). Would you advise purchasing the standard as complementary information to the toolkit?
 

Thank you in advance.

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Rhand Leal Jun 15, 2021

1 - We are a small startup and have very little internal bureaucracy, let alone a document template pre-designed for that purpose, so in that sense we can be very flexible as to how we want the ISO 27001 documents to look like. I thought I'd keep everything in electronic format and rely on the word processor's features for things such as authorship, version control, signature and approval of documents, etc. That means that many of the elements present in the templates from the toolkit (the change history table, table of contents, page numbers, etc.) are redundant since they are already available as document metadata outside of the page. I understand these fields would be useful if we were to ever keep a printed copy of the document, but I don't think that is going to be the case. So my question is, should we nevertheless adhere to the format provided in the templates as a best practice or is any format adequate as long as it is consistent with the specifications from the "Procedure for Document and Record Control" document?

Answer: You can implement the document control in any way you see fit, as long as the basic principles defined in the "Procedure for Document and Record Control" are followed.

For further information, see:
- Document management in ISO 27001 & BS 25999-2 https://advisera.com/27001academy/blog/2010/03/30/document-management-within-iso-27001-bs-25999-2/

2 - Similarly, the use of job titles seems excessive for a company our size, where a single employee is usually the only one responsible for writing the document, approving it and monitoring compliance. We do not have upper management levels nor board of directors. In that sense, to what extent should we rely on the use of role names such as Information Security Manager, as opposed to a more generic IT Manager? Should these job descriptions be reflected somewhere else, such as in the employment contract?

Answer: You can designate information security responsibilities to existing roles in your organization, so there is no need to create new ones. Please note that ISO 27001 does not prescribe roles to be adopted by organizations, so they are free to define responsibilities as they see fit.

For further information, see:
- How to document roles and responsibilities according to ISO 27001 https://advisera.com/27001academy/blog/2016/06/20/how-to-document-roles-and-responsibilities-according-to-iso-27001/

3 - While working on some of the documents I noticed that the assessment of things such as requirements and stakeholders can be rather subjective. Is there any possibility of a certification body raising concerns owing to a disagreement on how this assessment was performed? In other words, how can we judge whether these documents contain enough and accurate information for the certification to be successful?

Answer: As long as your requirements and stakeholders are aligned with the elements identified for your organizational context, there won’t be a reason for questioning your assessment, unless there is an obvious point you missed (e.g., an organization not taking into account a mandatory law related to its industry, or service providers not taking into account contracts signed with their customers).

To help you with that, in the toolkit you will find the Procedure for Identification of Requirements, located in folder 02 Identification of requirements, which systematize and document the criteria you need to consider in the identification of requirements.

For further information, see:
- How to define context of the organization according to ISO 27001 https://advisera.com/27001academy/knowledgebase/how-to-define-context-of-the-organization-according-to-iso-27001/
- How to identify ISMS requirements of interested parties in ISO 27001 https://advisera.com/27001academy/blog/2017/02/06/how-to-identify-isms-requirements-of-interested-parties-in-iso-27001/

4 - The documentation toolkit is sold with the premise of it containing all the information we need to become certified, but it refers to the standard itself at various explanatory notes throughout. E.g.: Requirements relevant for ISMS implementation are those established by the standard itself (all statements that contain the word “shall” are requirements). Would you advise purchasing the standard as complementary information to the toolkit?

Answer: The toolkit was designed to cover all the requirements of the standard and to be used with little to no knowledge of the standard, so you only need to buy the standard if you want to have direct contact with its content (before that, we suggest you watch our free to enroll ISO 27001 Free online training ISO 27001 Foundations Course http://training.advisera.com/course/iso-27001-foundations-course/)  

These articles will provide you a further explanation about ISO 27001:
- What is ISO 27001 https://advisera.com/27001academy/what-is-iso-27001/
- The basic logic of ISO 27001: How does information security work? https://advisera.com/27001academy/knowledgebase/the-basic-logic-of-iso-27001-how-does-information-security-work/
- Where to start from with ISO 27001 https://advisera.com/27001academy/knowledgebase/iso-27001-where-to-start-most-important-materials/

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