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Achieve success with your ISMS programme by setting clear, achievable goals

This downloadable free spreadsheet & goal-setting template is part of our ISMS lead’s full guide ‘Re-certifying to ISO27001 in the midst of COVID-19’. During the current unsettling time we are all experiencing, companies are still expected to adhere to their audit requirements for a number of regulations and standards, which include:  PCI, HIPPA, and ISO.

We are offering this free resource to help you determine and achieve your SMART ISMS goals, hopefully making your ISMS process and future efforts that little bit easier. This excel focuses on defining your challenges and goals to ensure you meet your ISMS requirements during a crisis and beyond.

The Challenge

Even when we know we need to set goals for your ISO27001 programme, it can be hard to know where to start.

  • Which metrics should you use?
  • What’s realistic for your target time frame?
  • How can you get your committee to agree unanimously?
  • How do you instil confidence in your auditor that your ISMS programme is being managed effectively with clear objectives set?

The Solution

SMART, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound, is a methodology that helps you establish achievable and solid goals. This Excel spreadsheet template walks you through setting a SMART goal step by step, calculating manageable, quantitative targets for you, and helps you evaluate any blockers standing in the way of managing your ISO27001 re-certification. These challenges/obstacles should then be listed as risks on your register so that they can be actively managed.

A clear SMART objective set also demonstrates a cohesive approach to your auditor that will reflect across the entire ISMS. This will allow them to feel assured in your team and process, which will allow for better relations which always helps with re-certifications!

Download the SMART Goals ISMS Template at the bottom of the page. 

This download will help you understand your organisations ISO27001 goals and the steps you can take to achieve them.

The template includes:

  • A step by step guide to working out your SMART goal
  • SureCloud ISMS goal example to give you guidance
  • A worksheet for evaluating your goals

Want to learn Oliver’s other tips and tricks in his ISMS Audit Guide?

Review our other free downloadable assets for your ISO Audit including:

The ‘Get Really Organised for Your ISMS Audit’ Checklist here.

The ‘Staying on top, minute by minute’ ISMS Actions List spreadsheet here.


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