Creating An ISMS Internal Audit Report

Every business these days has systems that they use to maintain the efficiency, confidentiality, security and balance in their daily operations. As such, every business can be compared to a recipe. There is always this secret ingredient that they need to protect and keep from the public. The ISMS [information security management system] – which was created to keep track and secure confidential information of every business and organization, was then one of the widely use information security standards being adapted by businesses and organizations.

The ISO, with its aim to provide a more standardized and widely accepted form of ISMS, created the ISO 27001 standard which also implies the same principles that the ISMS does. 

What are the approaches of ISMS?

As other International Standards Organization standards are, the ISO 27001 also has its own approach cycles which are quickly define below:

  1. Planning – includes the process of designing the ISMS to be used by the organization or business entity which involves assessing all information that the business has, the security risks that it may have, and how to control it appropriately.
  2. Do – implementation and operation of the controls stated in the plan.
  3. Checking – reviewing and evaluation of the process and the overall performance of the ISMS being implemented.
  4. Act – the process where all the necessary changes are being made to the standard being implemented in the business bringing it back to full performance and efficiency.

Creating an Internal Audit Report for ISMS

What do an ISMS Internal Audit Report Must Contain?

  1. Compliance to the requirements of the said standard and relevant legislation currently existing on their residing country
  2. Compliance to the set of requirements for information security as stated under ISMS / ISO 27001
  3. Standard and compliance are effectively implemented and maintained at all costs
  4. Be able to perform such standards at realistic situations, with the company being able to recognize the importance of the standard and its implementation

Other Steps Included:

  • Planning an audit program and focusing on the important areas to be audited, as well as the status of each in compliance with the set of standards.
  • Selection of auditors should be adequate and the process of auditing should ensure fair objections of the process. Auditors shall not audit their own work.
  • A well documented procedure should be available to be presented, consisting of the reports about the audit and records or data collected during the process.
  • The management responsible for the area being audited shall ensure that everything the standard consists is well implemented efficiently. When non-correspondences are found, it is their duty to check what proper actions should be done and when should it take place.
  • There should be follow-up activities rendered after the audit to verify the actions taken in reporting the results.

The evidence should contain all the important information gathered during the process and may be in a form of a summary. Evidences can be a good place to include auditor comments and views, positive reviews, or anything related and supportive to the audit results.

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