ISO 27001 Implementation Guide
ISO 27001 Risk Register Template
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Our risk register can help you to:
- Identify your risks
- Define your risks and their potential impacts, owners, likelihood of occurring and more
Frequently asked questions
An ISO 27001 risk register is a document that records and manages the information security risks within your organisation, in accordance with the requirements of the standard.
Your risk register will act as a central repository where you can track documents and identified risks to your information assets. The risk register will track details such as risk descriptions, risk likelihood, potential impacts, risk ratings, risk owners and more as you will see in the template.
Your ISO 27001 risk register will be crucial to supporting your organisation in identifying, assessing and continually managing risks in accordance with ISO 27001.
The key components of an ISO 27001 risk register include the following:
- Risk description: A brief description of the risk.
- Risk owner: The person or department responsible for managing the risk.
- Risk score: A numerical value assigned to the risk based on its likelihood and impact.
- Risk treatment plan: The plan for addressing the risk, including controls, mitigation measures, and contingency plans.
- Residual risk: The risk that remains after the treatment plan has been implemented.
In addition to these components, the ISO 27001 risk register may also include the following:
- Risk category: The category of the risk, such as technical, physical, or human.
- Risk source: The source of the risk, such as internal or external.
- Risk status: The current status of the risk, such as open, closed, or in progress.
- Risk priority: The priority of the risk, based on its score and other factors.
- Risk assessment date: The date on which the risk was assessed or updated.
It’s crucial to determine the likelihood and impact of a risk in your ISO 27001 risk register. You should ensure you consider the following steps:
- Identify the risk: Identify the potential risks that could affect your organisation’s information security.
- Assign a risk owner: Assign a person or department responsible for managing the risk.
- Analyse the risk: Analyse the risk to determine the likelihood of it occurring and the impact it could have on your organisation’s information security.
- Assign a risk score: Assign a numerical value to the risk based on its likelihood and impact.
- Evaluate the risk: Evaluate the risk to determine if it is acceptable or if it requires treatment.
- Develop a risk treatment plan: Develop a plan for addressing the risk, including controls, mitigation measures, and contingency plans.
- Assign a residual risk score: Assign a new risk score after the treatment plan has been implemented.