ISO27001 Annex A.14 – System Acquisition, Development & Maintenance

ISO 27001 is an international standard that outlines best practices for information security management systems (ISMS). Annex A.14 specifically deals with the security of system acquisition, development, and maintenance, which is an important aspect of maintaining the overall security of your organization. In this blog post, we will discuss the steps you can take to implement Annex A.14 in your organization.

  1. Develop a system development policy: The first step in implementing Annex A.7 is to develop a policy for system development, acquisition, and maintenance. This policy should outline the standards and procedures that must be followed throughout the system development lifecycle, including requirements for security testing, incident management, and vulnerability management.
  2. Assess system requirements: Before any new system is acquired or developed, it is important to assess the security requirements. This includes assessing the security risks associated with the system, as well as any regulatory compliance requirements that must be met.
  3. Implement security in the development process: Security should be integrated into the development process from the beginning, starting with secure design principles and secure coding practices, to ensure that the system is developed with security in mind.
  4. Perform security testing: Security testing should be performed throughout the development process, including testing the system for vulnerabilities and weaknesses. This includes testing for known security vulnerabilities, as well as penetration testing to identify potential attack vectors.
  5. Monitor and maintain the system: Once the system is deployed, it is important to monitor it for security issues and to perform regular maintenance to ensure that it remains secure. This includes applying security patches and updates, as well as monitoring for potential security breaches.
  6. Continuously improve: It's important to continuously review and improve the system development, acquisition and maintenance process. This includes analyzing incidents and identifying trends, and making changes as necessary to improve the overall security of the system.

By following these steps, you will be able to implement ISO 27001 Annex A.14 and ensure that your organization is able to effectively manage the security of system acquisition, development, and maintenance. Keep in mind that security should be a consideration throughout the entire system development lifecycle and that it's important to have the support of top management and all the stakeholders.

It's also worth mentioning that, as with the implementation of the standard in general, it is important to have the support of top management and all the stakeholders, the standard is a framework that must be embedded within the culture of the organization and not just a checkbox to comply with.

In addition, if you are looking to achieve certification against ISO 27001, it would be beneficial to have external expert or consulting to help you through the process and assist in the assessment process.