In today’s digital age, information security has become a critical concern for organizations of all sizes and types.
Cyber threats, such as hacking, phishing, and ransomware attacks, pose a significant risk to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive data.
To mitigate these risks, organizations must implement an Information Security Management System (ISMS) and ensure that all employees, including information security professionals, are adequately trained and aware of the security policies and procedures.
In this article, we will review the A.7.2.2 Information security awareness, education and training requirement of ISO 27001:2013 and provide sample checklists to assess an organization’s information security awareness and training program.
Identification of Necessary Competencies:
- Are necessary competencies and training/awareness requirements for information security professionals and others with specific roles and responsibilities explicitly identified?
- Are the employees aware of their roles and responsibilities in ensuring information security?
Structured Information Security Awareness and Training Program:
- Is there a structured program of initial (induction/orientation) and regular (ongoing/continuous) information security awareness and training for all types of workers?
- Is the content tailored to different roles and responsibilities?
- Are there periodic tests and exercises to check the level of awareness, and are there follow-up actions for employees who do not perform well in these tests?
- Are the awareness and training materials updated or refreshed to reflect evolving information risks and changes in policies?
Communications Strategy or Plan:
- Is there a communications strategy or plan for promoting information security awareness and training?
- Does it involve leaflets and briefings, posters, emails, online learning management, quizzes, competitions, videos, social media (e.g. blogs), and other methods or activities?
- Does the plan cover a sequence or range of topics, including information risk, security and related concepts; management commitment and support; legal, regulatory, contractual, and policy requirements; personal accountability and general responsibilities; contact points and further resources?
In conclusion, A.7.2.2 Information security awareness, education, and training is a crucial requirement of ISO 27001:2013.
It ensures that all employees, including information security professionals, are adequately trained and aware of the security policies and procedures.
By implementing a structured information security awareness and training program, organizations can mitigate the risks of cyber threats and enhance the overall security posture.
The sample checklists provided in this article can assist organizations in assessing their information security awareness and training program and identifying areas for improvement.