Title ISO 27001
Description and Details The free ISO27k Toolkit consists of a collection of materials contributed by members of the ISO27k Forum, either individually or through collaborative working groups organized on the Forum. We are very grateful for their generosity in allowing us to share them with you.

The toolkit is an incomplete work-in-progress: further contributions are most welcome, whether to fill-in gaps or provide additional examples of the items listed below.

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ISO27k Toolkit overview and contents

Overview and contents 3v8 - a checklist of documentation typically required for an ISMS, with hyperlinks to numerous example/sample documents. Contributed by various members of the ISO27k Forum.
ISMS implementation and certification process flowchart v3 - the whole process outlined on one side, plus a second view also identifying PDCA activities and documents mandated for ISO/IEC 27001 certification. Also available in MS Visio . Contributed by Osama Salah and Gary Hinson.
ISO/IEC 27001 certification process flowchart - another view, this one contributed by Howard Smith.
Mandatory ISMS documents - references the relevant clauses of ISO/IEC 27001 which identify ISMS documents that are explicitly required, and gives guidance on others that are merely recommended. Contributed by Osama Salah and Gary Hinson.
ISO27k standards list - not the standards themselves but just a single-sheet listing of their titles. A handy reminder, contributed by Gary Hinson.
ISMS management & implementation guidance
Case study on ISMS implementation - contributed by Gary Hinson. Documents a passionate presentation by the Managing Director of an IT services company on the business value of ISO27k. The paper notes benefits that are seldom mentioned elsewhere. A Spanish version is also available thanks to Sr. Javier Ruiz and colleagues at
Generic business case - outlines the main categories of benefits and costs of implementing ISO27k in a form suitable for preparing an internal investment proposal or budget request. Contributed by Gary Hinson. Good luck!
ISO27k implementation guidance and metrics - contributed by members of the ISO27k Forum. Provides implementation tips and possible metrics for all 39 key sections of ISO/IEC 27002. Also available in Spanish at
Statement of Applicability (SoA) - contributed by Richard Regalado.
Scope statements - contributed by K. Faisal Javed.
Information security metrics examples - contributed by ISACA Wellington.
Glossary of information security terms (online) - contributed by Gary Hinson.
ISO27k FAQ (online) - contributed (albeit sometimes unwittingly) by members of the ISO27k Forum, collated by Gary Hinson.
PCI-DSS to ISO/IEC 27001 Annex A controls mapping - useful to align your PCI-DSS compliance activities with your ISO27k ISMS, for mutual benefit. Kindly contributed by Mohan Kamat.

ISMS policies
High level overall ISMS policy - contributed by K. Faisal Javed.
Information classification policy - contributed by Michael Muehlberger.
Email security policy - contributed by Gary Hinson.
Laptop security policy - contributed by Gary Hinson.
Outsourcing security policy - contributed by Aaron D'Souza.
ISMS procedures, guidelines and other supporting documents
Cisco router security audit checklist - contributed by Aaron D’Souza.
Corrective action procedure also available as an MS Visio version - contributed by Richard Regalado.
Corrective/preventive action recording form - contributed by Richard Regalado.
FMEA risk analysis spreadsheet - contributed by Bala Ramanan.
Information asset inventory - contributed by FF Ramos.
Information asset valuation guideline - a classification scheme based on requirements for confidentiality, integrity and/or availability of information. Contributed by Mohan Kamat.
Information asset valuation matrices - combines the CIA classification levels of information assets to generate overall risk scores or indicators. Contributed by Mohan Kamat.
Information classification matrix - contributed to the ISO27k Forum.
Information classification matrix - contributed by Richard Regalado.
Information security risk analysis spreadsheet - contributed by Hamid Nisar.
Information security risk register - contributed by Madhukar.
ISMS auditing guideline - contributed by members of the ISO27k Forum as a team project.
ISMS internal audit findings template - contributed by Thomas Kurian Ambattu.
ISMS internal audit procedure - contributed by Richard Regalado.
People asset valuation guideline - contributed by Mohan Kamat.
Physical information asset valuation guideline - a classification scheme also based on CIA requirements for IT equipment, from which an overall “criticality” rating can be derived. Contributed by Mohan Kamat.
Preventive action procedure also available as an MS Visio version - contributed by Richard Regalado.
ISMS-related job descriptions, roles and responsibilities
Organization of information security - contributed by Gary Hinson.
Job description for the Information Security Manager - contributed by Gary Hinson.
Roles and responsibilities for contingency planning - contributed by Gary Hinson and Larry Kowalski.
Roles and responsibilities for information asset management - contributed by Mohan Kamat.
Further contributions to this section, or indeed the others, are most welcome ...
Download the whole ISO27k Toolkit
Rather than downloading individual items piecemeal from the links above, you are welcome to download the whole ISO27k Toolkit as a single ~3 Mb ZIP file. This is version 3.8, containing all available materials as of September 11th 2009 [but not yet the PCI-DSS-ISO27k mapping document - to be added soon].

Further Toolkit contributions are always welcome!
Users of the Toolkit tell us the contents are valuable and naturally we appreciate their kind comments. We like it even more when they contribute additional materials to go into the pack! There are various gaps awaiting your input (see the overview and contents paper for examples) and there is always room for further examples of the items already included. When the thrill of ISO/IEC 27001 certification has died down and your hangover has worn off, please donate things that you found useful in your ISMS implementation. Email them to If you wish, Gary can help you review and reformat the documents to match the style of the others (e.g. adding the group logo and creative commons copyright notice) if you send editable files but read-only PDFs are fine too if they add something worthwhile rather than just marketing hyperbole. In any case please make sure to delete any sensitive proprietary or personal information first. You absolutely must have the copyright owner’s explicit permission to donate items to the toolkit - no exceptions. You can opt to remain anonymous in the final document but we need to confirm the copyright/ownership issue first.

If you want something else to be provided in the Toolkit, by all means request it on the ISO27k Forum ... but you are more likely to get a positive response if you have already contributed something worthwhile to the Toolkit and/or the Forum yourself.

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