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The ISO27k Toolkit is a collection of generic ISMS-related materials contributed by members of the ISO27k Forum, most of which are licensed under Creative Commons. We are very grateful for the generosity and community-spirit of the donors in allowing us to share them with you, free of charge.

This is a work-in-progress: further contributions are most welcome, whether to fill-in gaps, offer constructive criticism, or provide additional examples of the items listed below.

DISCLAIMER: these materials have been donated by individuals with differing backgrounds, competence and expertise, working for a variety of organisations in various contexts. They are models or templates, starting points if you will. Your information risks are unique, so it is incumbent on you to assess and treat your risks as you and your management see fit. Don’t blame us if the ISO27k Toolkit is unsuitable or inadequate for your circumstances: we are simply trying to help!

ISMS overview and introductory materials

  • ISMS implementation process flowISMS implementation and certification process flowchart v4.1 - a one-page outline of the entire process, contributed in English by Osama Salah and Gary Hinson.  Also in Arabic and French thanks to Bachir Benyammi, German thanks to Markus Kähler and Hebrew thanks to Titans Security Academy
  • ISMS implementation and certification overview presentation v2 contributed by Marty Carter.
  • ISMS information risk management process flowchart describes the information risk management activities, contributed by Bachir Benyammi.
  • A listing of the ninety ISO/IEC 27xxx standards maintained by Gary Hinson
  • ISO27k FAQ contributed by members of the ISO27k Forum.


ISMS governance, management & implementation guidance

  • ISMS implementation project estimator - a tool to estimate the timescale needed to implement an ISMS. Contributed by Gary Hinson, Ed Hodgson and Marty Carter.
  • ISMS implementation plan - a skeleton or starter plan for you to expand and amend to suit your situation. Contributed by Marty Carter.
  • ISMS implementation tracker - a combined status tracker for the mandatory ISMS and optional security controls in ISO/IEC 27001:2013, Statement of Applicability and Gap Analysis, used to track progress of the ISMS implementation project towards certification and beyond. Contributed by Ed Hodgson and team, in English and Spanish.
  • ISMS mandatory documentation checklist - a detailed and explicit guide to the documentation and records formally required or recommended for certification against ISO/IEC 27001. Contributed by members of the ISO27k Forum.
  • Generic ISO27k ISMS business case template v3 outlines the benefits and costs typically associated with an ISO27k ISMS for an investment or implementation project proposal or budget request. Contributed by Gary Hinson.
  • ISO27k security awareness presentation v2 contributed by Mohan Kamat.
  • Agenda for ISMS Management Review meeting based on inputs by Sean Malward, Richard Regalado and ISO/IEC 27001.  There’s also a more basic/simpler version.
  • ISO27k information security program maturity assessment tool contributed by EDUCAUSE Cybersecurity Program, the Higher Education Information Security Council and Bachir Benyammi.
  • A guideline on control attributes offers pragmatic advice on their use for information risk and security management purposes, with a worked example.
  • Information risk and security in professional services checklists.


Model information security policies

  • High level overall ISMS policy contributed by K. Faisal Javed.
  • Change management and control policy contributed by a generous donor.
  • Information classification policy contributed by Michael Muehlberger.
  • Malware policy contributed by Gary Hinson.
  • Outsourcing security policy contributed by Aaron D'Souza.
  • Security awareness and training policy contributed by Gary Hinson.


ISMS procedures, guidelines and other supporting documents

  • Corrective action procedure contributed by Richard Regalado.
  • Corrective/preventive action record form contributed by Richard Regalado.
  • Data restoration form contributed by Vladimir Prodan.
  • FMEA risk analysis spreadsheet contributed by Bala Ramanan.
  • GDPR-ISO27k mapping - an ISO27k ISMS can help achieve and maintain compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation - contributed by the ISO27k Forum.
  • Information asset inventory contributed by Steve McColl.
  • Information classification matrix contributed by Richard Regalado.
  • Information risk register v2 contributed by Madhukar.
  • Information security controls cross-check spreadsheet in English, French and Spanish classifies controls from ISO/IEC 27002:2013. Contributed & maintained by members of the ISO27k Forum.
  • Introductory email  introducing the ISMS implementation project and initial gap analysis/business impact analysis work to managers. Contributed by Marty Carter.
  • ISMS auditing guideline v2 created & maintained by members of the ISO27k Forum.
  • ISMS internal audit procedure v3 contributed by Richard Regalado.
  • Preventive action procedure contributed by Richard Regalado.
  • Statement of Applicability (SoA) template - a team effort available in English, Spanish, German, French and Portuguese, based on ISO/IEC 27002:2013.


ISMS-related job descriptions/roles and responsibilities

  • RASCI table v5 allocates roles and responsibilities associated with the security controls in ISO/IEC 27002:2013, originally contributed by Matthias Wagner, now in English and French.
  • Roles and responsibilities for contingency planning contributed by Gary Hinson and Larry Kowalski.
  • Roles and responsibilities for information asset management contributed by Mohan Kamat.


Supplementary materials

  • New or occasional ISO27k/ISMS auditors and reviewers can practice and hone their reporting skills using this audit exercise. Once you have completed the exercise (and not before!), check the accompanying crib sheet for model answers to figure out how you did.
    • O exercício de auditoria e o modelo de respostas foram traduzidos para o português brasileiro por Vitor Melo - obrigado Vitor!
    • Além disso, Vitor também traduziu para o português do Brasil a lista de verificação de controles do Anexo A (disponível também em inglês, francês e espanhol).




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