Free ISO 27001 Checklists and Templates

Smartsheet Contributor Andy Marker on May 07, 2020

We’ve compiled the most useful free ISO 27001 information security standard checklists and templates, including templates for IT, HR, data centers, and surveillance, as well as details for how to fill in these templates.

Included on this page, you'll find an ISO 27001 checklist and an ISO 27001 risk assessment template, as well as an up-to-date ISO 27001 checklist for ISO 27001 compliance.


ISO 27001 Checklist

ISO 27001 Checklist Template

Use this simple ISO 27001 checklist to ensure that you implement your information security management systems (ISMS) smoothly, from initial planning to the certification audit. This 14-step checklist provides you with a list of all stages of ISO 27001 execution, so you can account for every component you need to attain ISO 27001 certification. This reusable checklist is available in Word as an individual ISO 270010-compliance template and as a Google Docs template that you can easily save to your Google Drive account and share with others.

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ISO 27001 Risk Assessment Template

ISO 27001 Risk Assessment

This ISO 27001 risk assessment template provides everything you need to determine any vulnerabilities in your information security system (ISS), so you are fully prepared to implement ISO 27001. The details of this spreadsheet template allow you to track and view — at a glance — threats to the integrity of your information assets and to address them before they become liabilities. 

This simple template provides columns to detail asset name and number, confidentiality impact, risk details and rating, control details, and status. Use it as you seek ISO 27001 compliance certification. 

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For more on ISMS, see “Everything You Need to Know about Information Security Management Systems.” 

ISO 27001 Controls Checklist

ISO 27001 Controls Checklist

Track the overall implementation and progress of your ISO 27001 ISMS controls with this easily fillable ISO 27001 controls checklist template. The template includes an ISO 27001 clause column and allows you to track every component of successful ISO 27001 implementation. 

Additionally, enter details pertaining to mandatory requirements for your ISMS, their implementation status, notes on each requirement’s status, and details on next steps. Use the status dropdown lists to track the implementation status of each requirement as you move toward full ISO 27001 compliance.

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ISO 27001-2013 Auditor Checklist

ISO 27001 Auditor Checklist Template

This ISO 27001-2013 auditor checklist provides an easily scannable view of your organization’s compliance with ISO 27001-2013. Columns include control-item numbers (based on ISO 27001 clause numbering), a description of the control item, your compliance status, references related to the control item, and issues related to reaching full ISO 27001 compliance and certification. 

Whether you need to perform a preliminary internal audit or prepare for an external audit and ISO 27001 certification, this easy-to-fill checklist helps ensure that you identify potential issues that must be addressed in order to achieve ISO 27001 compliance. 

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ISO 27001 Compliance Checklist

ISO 27001 Compliance Checklist Template

This single-source ISO 27001 compliance checklist is the perfect tool for you to address the 14 required compliance sections of the ISO 27001 information security standard. 

Keep all collaborators on your compliance project team in the loop with this easily shareable and editable checklist template, and track every single aspect of your ISMS controls. This pre-filled template provides standards and compliance-detail columns to list the particular ISO 27001 standard (e.g., A.5.1 - Management Direction for Information, A.5.1.1 - Policies for Information Security, etc.), as well as assessment and results columns to track progress on your way to ISO 27001 certification. 

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For more on data security, see “Data Security 101: Understanding the Crisis of Data Breaches, and Best Practices to Keep Your Organization's Data Secure.” 


ISO 27001 Internal Audit Schedule Template

ISO 27001 Internal Audit Schedule

Use this internal audit schedule template to schedule and successfully manage the planning and implementation of your compliance with ISO 27001 audits, from information security policies through compliance stages. Whether your eventual external audit is for information technology (IT), human resources (HR), data centers, physical security, or surveillance, this internal audit template helps ensure accordance with ISO 27001 specifications.

This internal audit schedule provides columns where you can note the audit number, audit date, location, process, audit description, auditor and manager, so that you can divide all facets of your internal audits into smaller tasks. Easily assess at-risk ISO 27001 components, and address them proactively with this simple-to-use template. 

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For more on internal audits, see “Network Security 101: Problems & Best Practices.”


ISO 27001 Sample Form Template

ISO 27001 Sample Form

Keep tabs on progress toward ISO 27001 compliance with this easy-to-use ISO 27001 sample form template. 

The template comes pre-filled with each ISO 27001 standard in a control-reference column, and you can overwrite sample data to specify control details and descriptions and track whether you’ve applied them. The “Reason(s) for Selection” column allows you to track the reason (e.g., “risk assessment”) for application of any particular ISO 27001 standard and to list associated assets. 

You can save this ISO 27001 sample form template as an individual file — with customized entries — or as a template for application to other business units or departments that need ISO 27001 standardization. 

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ISO 27001 Business Continuity Checklist

ISO 27001 Business Continuity Checklist

Designed with business continuity in mind, this comprehensive template allows you to list and track preventative measures and recovery plans to empower your organization to continue during an instance of disaster recovery. 

This checklist is fully editable and includes a pre-filled requirement column with all 14 ISO 27001 standards, as well as checkboxes for their status (e.g., specified, in draft, and done) and a column for further notes. Use this simple checklist to track measures to protect your information assets in the event of any threats to your company’s operations.  

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ISO 27002 Information Security Guidelines Checklist

ISO 27001 Information Security Guidelines Checklist

Use this ISO 27002 information security guidelines checklist to ensure that your ISMS security controls adhere to the ISO 27001 information security standard. ISO 27002 provides an overview list of best practices for implementing the ISO 27001 security standard. 

This ISO 27002 information security guidelines checklist provides an overview of security controls that should be managed through your ISMS and helps ensure that your controls are organized and up-to-date.  

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The Importance of the IS0 27001 Information Security Standard

The only way for an organization to demonstrate complete credibility — and reliability — in regard to information security best practices and processes is to gain certification against the criteria specified in the ISO/IEC 27001 information security standard. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 27001 standards offer specific requirements to ensure that data management is secure and the organization has defined an information security management system (ISMS). Additionally, it requires that management controls have been implemented, in order to confirm the security of proprietary data. 

By following the guidelines of the ISO 27001 information security standard, organizations can be certified by a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), as an industry standard, to assure customers and clients of the organization’s dedication to comprehensive and effective data security standards. 

In order to adhere to the ISO 27001 information security standards, you need the right tools to ensure that all 14 steps of the ISO 27001 implementation cycle run smoothly — from establishing information security policies (step 5) to full compliance (step 18). 

Whether your organization is looking for an ISMS for information technology (IT), human resources (HR), data centers, physical security, or surveillance — and regardless of whether your organization is seeking ISO 27001 certification — adherence to the ISO 27001 standards provides you with the following five benefits: 

  1. Industry-standard information security compliance 
  2. An ISMS that defines your information security measures 
  3. Client reassurance of data integrity and successive ROI 
  4. A decrease in costs of potential data compromises 
  5. A business continuity plan in light of disaster recovery

ISO 27001 and ISO 22301 work together to prevent and mitigate potential problems, especially when it comes to business continuity. To learn more, visit, "ISO 22301 Business Continuity Simplified: Fortify Your Business Against Disruption."


Up-to-Date ISO 27001 Checklist

An ISO 27001 checklist is crucial to a successful ISMS implementation, as it allows you to define, plan, and track the progress of the implementation of management controls for sensitive data. In short, an ISO 27001 checklist allows you to leverage the information security standards defined by the ISO/IEC 27000 series’ best practice recommendations for information security. 

An ISO 27001-specific checklist enables you to follow the ISO 27001 specification’s numbering system to address all information security controls required for business continuity and an audit. It ensures that the implementation of your ISMS goes smoothly — from initial planning to a potential certification audit. 

An ISO 27001 checklist provides you with a list of all components of ISO 27001 implementation, so that every aspect of your ISMS is accounted for. An ISO 27001 checklist begins with control number 5 (the previous controls having to do with the scope of your ISMS) and includes the following 14 specific-numbered controls and their subsets: 

  1. Information Security Policies: 

    1. Management direction for information security 

  2. Organization of Information Security: 

    1. Internal organization

    2. Mobile devices and teleworking 

  3. Human Resources Security: 

    1. Prior to employment

    2. During employment

    3. Termination and change of employment 

  4. Asset Management: 

    1. Responsibilities for assets 

    2. Information classification 

    3. Media handling 

  5. Access Control: 

    1. Responsibilities for assets, user responsibilities, and system application access control 

  6. Cryptography: 

    1. Cryptographic controls

  7. Physical and environmental security: 

    1. Secure areas

    2. Equipment 

  8. Operations Security: 

    1. Operational procedures and responsibilities

    2. Protection from malware

    3. Backup

    4. Logging and monitoring

    5. Control of operational software

    6. Technical vulnerability information systems audit considerations 

  9. Communications Security:

    1. Network security management 

    2. Information transfer   

  10. System Acquisition, Development, and Maintenance:  

    1. Security requirements of information systems 

    2. Security in development and support processes 

  11. Supplier Relationships 

  12. Information Security Incident Management:  

    1. Information security management 

  13. Information Security Aspects of Business Continuity Management 

    1. Information security continuity 

    2. Redundancies 

  14. Business Continuity Management: 

    1. Compliance with legal and contractual requirements 

    2. Independent review of information security


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