How to use online software to accomplish efficient ISO 27001 implementation

There are many reasons for a company to implement a management system according to ISO 27001. Finding efficiency in the processes is one of the main motives that drive companies towards implementation. This pursuit of efficiency can provide large benefits for an organization, as this will advance improvements and make processes easier, faster, and less expensive. So, while you work towards efficiency throughout your system, you will want to ensure that the processes used to support your management system are not inefficient themselves.

This is where online ISO 27001 management software can help.

What can online ISO 27001 management software do to help make support processes efficient?

With every management system, there are support processes that you will have to implement, which may be new to your organization. Many of these processes, such as documentation control or incident tracking, may be new to you, but are not new throughout industry. With online compliance software, you are given access to processes that are tried and true. This lets you quickly start using these efficient processes immediately. Streamline your document management process by setting up document workflows without trying to figure them out yourself.

There are some key points about the ready-to-use processes provided by online ISO 27001 management software:

  1. Easy-to-follow processes with less training.If you need to add a new process to your organization, it is helpful to know that the process itself is well thought out and easy to use. This becomes clear when you use the processes within a software tool and find that you can follow along from one step to the next without confusion or missteps. With easy-to-use software that directs users, you have less training to do. Instead of training employees in many different processes, you can instead train them in the use of the software compliance tool, and the tool will help the users along as they need direction.
  2. Faster process implementation.If the process is already defined by the ISO 27001 compliance software, then it is easier to ensure that you have covered everything that needs to be addressed. This will allow you to complete your implementation faster than trying to figure out how to run these processes by yourself.
  3. Project implementation guidance.If you get the right software, it will include guidance on how to implement your management system along with the other processes that are provided. This will again help to ensure that nothing is missed in the implementation of your management system.
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What can Conformio do to help?

As a powerful online ISO 27001 compliance tool, Conformio has pre-programmed software that ensures that support processes are efficient from the start. Conformio includes tools such as incident reporting, documentation management, risk assessment, and risk treatment, as well as implementation guidance, among others, to help you with all the required support processes for a management system.

1) Consolidation of easy-to-follow processes with less training. Consolidation means less training for your employees, and the processes are easier to use with a faster learning curve because processes are consistent across implementation and maintenance. Along with being an easy-to-follow process, it is important for these efficient processes to be easy, and Conformio gives you one place to go, to manage all of your management processes. It does not matter if someone needs to access information on the risk assessment, incident treatment, or management review in the ISMS – all the tasks and information are accessible from one easy access point.

Overview on Conformio Interface
Figure 1. Overview on Conformio Interface

2) Accessibility for faster process implementation. Online access makes it easy for all employees to log into Conformio, no matter where they are located. It is more likely that you will capture necessary information if your employees can access your system to record it quickly from anywhere. For example, if your colleague can log an incident that happened during a checkup, rather than waiting to return to the office, you can start reacting much sooner. This, in turn, helps with compliance, and not just implementation, because records are kept up to date in a timely manner as you use the tool.

Incident register overview
Figure 2. Incident register overview

 3) Implementation guidance. For example, if implementing ISO 27001 is new for you, Conformio includes implementation guidance, help, and support that will walk you through the steps you need to take to fully implement your Information Security Management System (ISMS) and track your successful completion along the way. This implementation guidance, by providing defined processes, also helps with faster implementation.

ISO 27001 Compliance procedure
Figure 3. ISO 27001 Compliance procedure

For more information on using Conformio for documentation management, see the article What kind of Document Management System (DMS) do you need for handling ISO documents?

Helping you strive for efficiency in ISO 27001 management system processes

With Conformio, you can be assured that you have what is needed to make your support processes efficient and easy for your employees to use. As with any project, planning makes the process run more smoothly and efficiently, and planning to use Conformio can help your ISO 27001 management system implementation project to easily meet your needs now and in the future.

Advisera Rhand Leal

Rhand Leal

Rhand Leal has more than 15 years of experience in information security, and for six years he continuously maintained а certified Information Security Management System based on ISO 27001. Rhand holds an MBA in Business Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Among his certifications are: ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and others. He is a member of the ISACA Brasília Chapter.
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