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Assigning and communicating roles and responsibilities is important, because that is how all employees in the company will know what is expected of them, what their impact is on information security, and how they can contribute. But, ISO 27001 Certification allows you to do it in a way that is natural for your business, and that does not introduce additional overhead

Top management should assign top-level responsibilities and authorities for two main aspects:

  • First are the responsibilities for ensuring that the ISMS fulfil the requirements of ISO 27001 Certification.
  • And second are the responsibilities for monitoring the performance of the ISMS and reporting to top management

Information Security Roles requirements in ISO 27001

There are a lot of different functional roles and responsibilities for Information Security. ISO 27001 distinguishes following roles:

  • Client for measurement: the management or other interested parties,
  • Reviewer: validates that the developed measurement constructs are appropriate for assessing the effectiveness,
  • Information owner: responsible for the measurement,
  • Information collector: responsible for collecting, recording and storing the data
  • Information communicator: responsible for first data analysis and the communication of measurement results.

Primary Responsibility of Information Security

  • Maintains and updates an ISMS vulnerability dashboard to keep track or organizational weakness and present to the management for decisions.
  • Enterprise project or program office – Verifies and performs risk assessment for any new product/project/customer acquisition.
  • Document Controller for all ISMS related documentation.
  • Identification of new threats/vulnerabilities and reporting to relevant stakeholders in relation to enterprise information risk.
  • Responsible for reporting full or part of the ISMS performance on a monthly basis.

This Roles and Responsibilities are aligned with the controls and requirements in ISO 27001. It is important to understand these requirements because a compliant document is about much more than structure and format – compliance requires allocating responsibility for information security in your organization according to ISO 27001 principles.

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