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ISO 27001 program Audit Checklist

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You’ve made it through the previous articles on ISO 27001 and want a simplified checklist to follow along and forward with confidence. Click on the downloadable link at the end of the article for a copy of this checklist.

ISO 27001 Audit Checklist

Identify the people, processes and technology that support your business.

       ☐ Have you identified the relevant stakeholders needs relevant for your product/service?

       ☐Have you identified the most relevant laws and regulations relevant for your product/service?

       ☐ Have you identified a critical physical location relevant for your product/service?

Identify the people, processes, technology, stakeholders needs, applicable legislations, location that support your business. Both stages are performed during an ISO 27001 audit

       ☐ Stage 1 if you were asked to demonstrate the design and execution of controls

       ☐ Stage 2 if you were asked to demonstrate operating effectiveness of controls over a period of time

Identify your current documentation posture

       ☐ Have you specified and properly documented the activities and procedures that make up your company’s control environment?

       ☐ Do you review documents on a regular basis to make sure they are up to date and accurate?

       ☐ Do you have your Information Security Management System (ISMS) policy documented?

Identify your current control environment posture

       ☐ What is the organization’s governance structure?

       ☐ What are the executive leadership and management tone and example?

       ☐ Have you designed and implemented hiring and exit procedures?

       ☐ What are the executive leadership and management tone and example?

       ☐ How are personnel who are implementing or directing internal controls evaluated for competency?

       ☐ Are possible threats being identified?

       ☐ Have you put any mitigating plans in place?

       ☐ Do you have a protocol for dealing with incidents and a disaster recovery plan in place?

       ☐ What kind of management supervision and governance do you have in place for your

control the environment and reporting events, security problems, and fraud?

       ☐ Have you established a Management Review Committee to discuss ISMS specific topics?

Identify your current security environment posture

       ☐ Do you have access limited to positions that need it, with the appropriateness of the access? given being reviewed on a regular basis?

       ☐ Do you have policies in place for giving and taking away access from workers, customers, and other parties?

       ☐ Do you encrypt data while it’s in transit and while it’s at rest?

       ☐ Do you impose restrictions on administrative access to the technological stack?

Identify your current risk mitigation environment posture

       ☐ Have you conducted vulnerability assessments or penetration testing regular basis to detect weaknesses in your environment?

       ☐ Do you have backup processes in place?

       ☐ Do you test your disaster recovery procedures on a yearly basis to guarantee that you can restart  operations in case of a calamity?

       ☐ Do you regularly check for intrusion attempts, system performance, and availability?

Identify your current system changes environment posture

       ☐ Are system modifications tested and authorized before they are implemented?

       ☐ Do you inform your employees about system changes?

       ☐ Are your controls being monitored on a regular basis?

       ☐ Have you enabled notification of settings changes?

       ☐ Is your technology up to date in terms of upgrades?

       ☐ Do you have a system in place for separating development and production tasks?

Identify your current remote working environment posture

       ☐ Is technology being used uniformly across all employee locations?

       ☐ is time synchronization enabled on all employees workstations and software?

       ☐ Do you provide staff with regular security awareness training, address data privacy in common spaces, use secure connections while working from home, and raise awareness of phishing attempts?

       ☐ Do you use multifactor authentication to get into your company’s network and other systems?

       ☐ Have you deployed mobile device management to make sure that mobile devices are encrypted and authenticated?

☐ Design the controls to address your gaps

☐ Implement controls to address your gaps

☐ Test the controls to ensure that they are operating effectively.

Document all your clauses controls in an SOA

☐ Document all your Annex A controls in an SOA

☐ Document any non-applicability (i.e Physical Security)

Identify an internal auditor

☐ Grant them access to TrustCloud.

Identify the auditor

☐ Initiate kickoff to set expectations

☐ Grant them access to TrustCloud.

Maintain the program to show continuous compliance via TC integrations

Perform surveillance audit every year


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