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ISO 27001:2013 Transition – Stage Six

12th May 2014

Holders of the ISO 27001:2005 Standard will be aware that the “Clock is ticking” and they must upgrade to the new 2013 Standard by September 2015 or risk being de-registered.  However most organisations are being cautious not to rush the transition and perhaps get a system that is too complicated or difficult to maintain.  This is the sixth part of our series detailing the various steps needed to achieve a successful transition to the revised Standard.

By this time you should have created your documentation set.  Now the records and logs are produced to provide results achieved or providing evidence of activities performed. As each organisation will have different requirements for records, we have not gone into detail in this Blog.
These records and logs are identified in the Standard and Code of Practice.  The text tends to say “records should be maintained”. Records can be in any format, paper or electronic.

Records shall be protected from loss, destruction, falsification, unauthorised access and unauthorised release, in accordance with legislatory, regulatory, contractual and business requirements.

In addition to the documents and records required, there is a need to have a business continuity plan and a disaster recovery plan for IT systems.  Once produced the plans should be tested and adjusted as required.  Testing can be done in a number of ways:

Table top exercise, where the company carries out the test around a table but no operational systems are interrupted.

Partial test, where the recovery systems are tested, but a full evacuation of the premises is not required.

Full test, where all systems are tested against the Business Continuity plan and DR plan as though a real emergency situation had occurred.

Lessons learned from these tests are incorporated into the documented plans.

Our final part (7) of this series of transition steps will conclude with a full internal audit prior to the external certification body assessment.

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