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Completed Your ISO 27001 Stage 2 Audit? Now What?

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Completed Your ISO 27001 Stage 2 Audit? Now What?


Once your company goes through the ISO 27001 stage 2 audit and earns the certification, you must take a proactive approach towards maintaining the recognition. The post guides what organizations can do to achieve this goal.

Congratulations! You have successfully passed the ISO 27001 stage 2 audit and earned your ISO 27001 certification!

Achieving ISO certification is an exceptionally demanding process. It requires much planning, dedication, and monetary investment. But most of all, the ISO management system standards demand continuous effort.

Earning the certification is only the beginning of your journey. You must continue to undergo audits and improve the ISMS to maintain the recognition.

Today’s post aims to stimulate your goal of maintaining recognition through a simple planning guide.

So, continue reading!

About The ISO 27001 Certification Process

The ISO 27001 certification process occurs in five stages. Once you have implemented the processes and controls and created all the documented information and records, you can start the certification process by hiring a certification body or third-party auditor.

You can undergo the optional pre-audit analysis to check your readiness or jump straight to the two-stage certification process.

The two-stage certification audit will start with a scheduled meeting, followed by the stage 1 audit.

During the stage 1 ISO 27001 audit, auditors will assess the documented information and records and your understanding of the ISMS and preparedness for the stage 2 audit.

They will provide an audit report highlighting potential nonconformities and improvement opportunities. You can move on to the ISO 27001 stage 2 audit after addressing their recommendations.

The ISO 27001 stage 2 audit is more detailed and extensive than the stage 1 audit.

Similar to the previous stage, your auditors will provide you with a report and set a timeline to address non-conformities.

Once you address the potential nonconformities and provide evidence of correction, your auditors or the CB will deliver you the ISO 27001 certificate.

Maintaining The Certification After ISO 27001 Stage 2 Audit

Like other management system standards, ISO 27001 has a three-year cycle, involving surveillance and recertification audits. It starts when you complete the ISO 27001 stage 2 audit and receive your certification.

Here’s what your next three years shall look like and the steps you can take to maintain the certification.

Year 1: First Surveillance Audit

Months 1 to 6: Within the first six months after ISO 27001 certification, focus on performing internal audits and management reviews. You can utilize the outcome to refine the ISMS, close potential gaps, and implement the required measures.

Months 7 to 9: Begin preparing for the surveillance audit. Review areas of ISMS that had nonconformities previously.

Months 10 to 12: Carry out your first surveillance audit led by a third-party auditor. During this audit, your auditor will assess selected components of the ISMS to check compliance and effectiveness.

Year 1: Second Surveillance Audit

Months 13 to 18: Continue your cycle of audits, reviews, and improvements. Update the procedures and policies to reflect changes in the organization’s internal and external environment.

Months 19 to 21: Focus on the areas that are due for a review or newly added processes related to the ISMS to prepare for the upcoming surveillance audit.

Months 19 to 21: The second surveillance audit will utilize the same methods as the first surveillance audit.

Year 1: Recertification Audit

Months 25 to 30: You shall utilize this period to conduct a comprehensive review of the ISMS, revisit the risk assessments, and close previous nonconformities, taking a similar approach to the ISO 27001 stage 2 audit.

Months 31 to 33: Intensify your audit preparations by performing thorough internal audits and conducting employee training.

Months 34 to 36: Undergo the recertification audit by examining the entire ISMS and renewing your ISO 27001 certification for another three years.

Concluding Thoughts

As mentioned previously, the ISO 27001 stage 2 audit and certification is only the start of the cycle. If you wish to retain your ISO 27001 certification, you must maintain your proactive approach toward information security and undergo the annual audits! Hopefully, this post has helped you get an idea about the upcoming processes.

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