ISO27001 Annex A.5 – Information Security Policies

Annex A.5 - Develop, implement, and maintain a security policy

The first control objective in Annex A.5 of ISO/IEC 27001 is to develop, implement, and maintain a security policy. This policy should define the organization's commitment to information security and provide a framework for managing and protecting the organization's information assets.

To meet this control objective, you can take the following steps:

  1. Develop a security policy: The policy should be tailored to the specific needs of your organization and should be based on a risk assessment of your information assets. It should cover the main areas of information security, such as access control, incident management, and business continuity.
  2. Communicate the policy: The security policy should be communicated to all employees, as well as any third-party partners or vendors who have access to your organization's information.
  3. Obtain management approval: The security policy should be approved by senior management before it is implemented.
  4. Implement the policy: The policy should be put into practice through the development of procedures, guidelines, and standards. These should provide specific instructions on how to comply with the policy.
  5. Review the policy: The security policy should be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure it is current and still relevant. This is important to track the changing risk landscape.

It's also important to note that the security policy should be aligned with other policies and standards in the organization such as ISO27001, or other regulations that might be relevant.

The security policy should be also reflected in the organisation's culture, by raising awareness on security issues, promoting a security culture and providing regular training for all the employees.