Information Security Manuals

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How do you develop an information security management manual?

The development of your organisation's information security management system manual may be hard work, and require participation from a range of employees across your organisation.

Your information security management system (ISMS) will be made up of your manual, policies, procedures and any related activities that will lead to your organisation being able to successfully secure their information assets.

The steps are:

  1. Create an outline of the system
    This could be:
    1. Company Overview, Context, Scope, ISMS Structure
    2. Leadership and Commitment, Organisation Roles, Responsibilities and Authorities
    3. Information Security Policy
    4. Risk and Opportunity, Legals, Objectives, Target and Plans
    5. Support, Resources, Assets and Infrastructure, HR, Communication, Documented Information and Control of Documents
    6. Operations - Information Security - Asset Management
    7. Operations – Information Security – Access Control 50
    8. Operations – Information Security – Cryptography 53
    9. Operations – Information Security – Physical and environmental security
    10. Operations – Information Security – Operations Security
    11. Operations – Information Security – Communications Security
    12. Operations – Information Security - System acquisition, development and maintenance
    13. Operations – Information Security - Supplier Relationships
    14. Operations – Information Security - Information Security Incident Management
    15. Operations – Information Security - Information security aspects of business continuity management
    16. Operations – Information Security - Compliance
    17. Supplier and Contractor Management
    18. Performance Evaluation, Monitoring, Measurement and Evaluation, Audits and Management Review
    19. Improvement and Corrective Actions
  2. This will be your table of contents.
  3. List any steps in a clear fashion
  4. Make sure you standardise on headings
  5. Ensure you review its continuously.

 

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