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Keep Calm and Audit On – ISO

During this unique and unsettling time, organisations are still expected to meet their audit requirements for a number of regulations and standards, including PCI, HIPPA, and ISO. This guide focuses on providing insight and tips for businesses to follow while working towards ISO27001 re-certification during a crisis.

The challenges our ISMS lead faced

Oliver, SureCloud’s ISMS Lead, was getting ready to complete SureCloud’s annual ISMS audit when he identified the effect COVID-19 was having on Asia and Europe. A week before the assessment, the UK was instructed by the government to work from home. How did he prepare to get SureCloud ready for their first ever remote ISMS audit and persuade the auditor to go ahead and not postpone?

The Solution

SureCloud’s ISMS Lead pulled together his own personal account of SureCloud’s process for re-certifying for ISO27001 in the midst of COVID-19. Oliver includes practical steps and tips to follow, including how best to organise your ISMS programme. He pulls together key examples with helpful screenshots to help you replicate processes.

The guide covers how to measure and set effective objectives for your ISO27001 programme to help with re-certification. As well as demonstrating how to complete a re-certification remotely and communicate with auditors effectively. All of this is available in our practical guide for you to download and use for free.

You can download the free guide at the bottom of the page.

This download will help you understand how our ISMS Lead achieved re-certification for SureCloud with the help of cloud-based technology. The guide includes audit survival tips and clear SMART objectives for any ISMS programme.

Want to take your ISMS programme to the next level?

Using an Excel spreadsheet and standard pen and paper to manage your ISO requirements?

This might be okay at the start, but as your organisation changes and grows, so will your scope for your ISMS programme. Challenges you could face without a dedicated ISMS tool include:

  • A lot of manual updates, nothing updates automatically. A lot of resource effort needed
  • Struggle to manage and maintain the endless files and emails with different versions of the same documents
  • No secure system to host the sensitive documents
  • No central view of compliance, dealing with a constant jig-saw puzzle

If you want to simplify your ISO 27001 journey, you may want to join Oliver and use a cloud-based ISMS solution to manage your ISMS programme, so you can focus on where it matters.

To do this, you will need to look at an ISMS Management tool. 

Introducing SureCloud’s ISO27001 Solution

Check out a 1 minute video taster of what SureCloud’s ISMS Management can offer here.

Features include:

  • Gain greater visibility of your ISMS compliance and certification process
  • Coordinate all activity and documentation via the SureCloud Platform
  • Benefit from live data and real-time updates, which are pervasive through the SureCloud Platform and the ISMS solution
  • Simplify and expedite reports for senior management and others
  • Streamline the process and make it easier for internal/external auditors to do their jobs

Want to gain even more practical guidance for a successful remote ISMS audit?

Review our other free downloadable assets for your remote ISMS programme including:

Get organised checklist download for ISMS


The ISMS Actions List spreadsheet here.

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