ISO 27001 Annex : A.15 Supplier Relationships

ISO 27001 Annex : A.15 Supplier Relationships in this article explaining Information Security in Supplier Relationships, and there policies .

A.15.1  Information Security in Supplier Relationships

It’s objective is ensuring the security of assets accessible to suppliers of the organization.

A.15.1.1  Information Security Policy for Supplier Relationships

Control- The supplier should be agreed with and documented information security requirements related to the risk mitigation of access by suppliers to organizational assets.

“The company becomes more safe and happy if it has better Stakeholders.”

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Implementation Guidance – In order to specifically address supplier access to information from the organization, the organization must identify and require security information controls in its policy. These checks should address the organization’s processing and procedures as well as the processes and procedures to be abided by the organization, including the following points: 

  1. Identification and reporting of supplier forms, e.g. IT services, logistics services, financial services, IT infrastructure components, which are accessible to the organization;
  2. standardized supplier relationship management framework and lifecycle;
  3. define the types of access to information allowed by distinct types of suppliers and monitor and control the access;
  4. Minimum information protection standards for any category of information and method of access to provide the basis for each supplier agreement based on the business needs and requirements and risk profile of the organization;
  5. Processes and procedure for monitoring compliance, including third-party evaluation and product validation, with defined information security standards for any type of supplier and type of access;
  6. Controls for accuracy and completeness of information and transmission received by any party to ensure the quality of information;
  7. the types of obligations applicable for providers to protect information of the organization;
  8. handling of customer control events and contingencies, including company and customer responsibilities;
  9. Resilience and, if necessary, recovery and contingency plans to ensure the availability by all parties of information or processing;
  10. Training in awareness of applicable policies, processes and procedures for the organization staff involved in acquisitions;
  11. Training in awareness of how the organization’s staff interacts with supplier staff on appropriate rules of engagement and behavior based on provider type and level of supplier access to the system and information of the organization;
  12. Conditions to document the security of information and control requirements in an agreement signed by both parties;
  13. Management and maintenance of the information security during the transition phase of the required information changes, information processing, and everything else that needs transfer.

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Other Information – Providers with insufficient information safety protection will hinder information. Controls for managing providers’ access to information processing facilities should be identified and applied. For instance, non-disclosure agreements may be used where there is a particular confidentiality requirement for the details. Another example is the risk of information security if the supplier arrangement includes the cross-border transfers or access to information. The organization must be aware of the fact that the organization has a legal or contractual responsibility to protect information.

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ISO 27001 Requirements

Clause 4.4 Information security management system
Clause 4.3 Determining the scope of the information security management system
Clause 5.1 Leadership and commitment
Clause 5.2 Policy
Clause 5.3 Organizational roles, responsibilities and authorities 
Clause 6.1 Actions to address risks and opportunities
Clause 6.1.2 Information security risk assessment process
Clause 6.1.3 Information security risk treatment
Clause 6.2 Information security objectives & planning
Clause 7.1 Resources
Clause 7.2 Competence
Clause 7.3 Awareness
Clause 7.4 Communication
Clause 7.5 Documented information Implementation Guideline
Clause 8.1 Operational planning & control
Clause 8.2 Information security risk assessment
Clause 8.3 Information security risk treatment
Clause 9.1 Performance evaluation Monitoring, measurement, analysis & evaluation
Clause 9.2 Internal audit
Clause 9.3 Management review
Clause 10.1 Non conformity and corrective action
Clause 10.2 Continual Improvement 

ISO 27001 Annex A Controls

Annex A.6 Organization of Information Security
Annex A.6.2 Mobile Devices and Teleworking
Annex A.7 Human Resource Security
Annex A.7.2 During Employment
Annex A.7.3 Termination and Change of Employment
Annex A.8 Asset Management
Annex A.8.1.3 Acceptable Use of Assets & A.8.1.4 Return of Assets
Annex A.8.2 Information Classification
Annex A.8.2.2 Labeling of Information & A.8.2.3 Handling of Assets
Annex A.8.3 Media Handling
Annex A.9 Access Control
Annex A.9.1.2 Access to Networks and Network Services
Annex A.9.2 User Access Management
Annex A.9.2.3 Management of Privileged Access Rights  
Annex A.9.2.4 Management of Secret Authentication Information of Users
Annex A.9.2.5 Review of User Access Rights 
Annex A.9.2.6 Removal or Adjustment of Access Rights
Annex A.9.3 User Responsibilities
Annex A.9.4 System and Application Access Control
Annex A.9.4.4 Use of Privileged Utility Programs 
Annex A.9.4.5 Access Control to Program Source Code
Annex A.10 Cryptography
Annex A.11 Physical and Environmental Security
Annex A.11.2 Equipment
Annex A.11.1.3 Securing Offices, Rooms and Facilities
Annex A.11.1.4 Protecting Against External and Environmental Threats
Annex A.11.1.5 Working in Secure Areas
Annex A.11.1.6 Delivery and Loading Areas
Annex A.11.2.4 Equipment Maintenance
Annex A.11.2.5 Removal of Assets
Annex A.11.2.6 Security of Kit and Assets Off-Premises
Annex A.11.2.7 Secure Disposal or Re-use of Equipment
Annex A.11.2.8 Unattended User Equipment
Annex A.11.2.9 Clear Desk and Clear Screen Policy
Annex A.12 Operations Security
Annex A.12.2 Protection from Malware
Annex A.12.3 Backup
Annex A.12.4 Logging and Monitoring
Annex A.12.5 Control of Operational Software
Annex A.12.6 Technical Vulnerability Management
Annex A.12.7 Information Systems Audit Considerations
Annex A.13 Communications Security
Annex A.13.2 Information Transfer
Annex A.13.2.3 Electronic Messaging
Annex A.13.2.4 Confidentiality or Non-Disclosure Agreements
Annex 14 System Acquisition, Development and Maintenance
Annex A.14.1.2 Securing Application Services on Public Networks
Annex A.14.1.3 Protecting Application Services Transactions
Annex A.14.2 Security in Development and Support Processes
Annex A.14.2.3 Technical Review of Applications after Operating Platform Changes
Annex A.14.2.4 Restrictions on Changes to Software Packages
Annex A.14.2.5 Secure System Engineering Principles
Annex A.14.2.6 Secure Development Environment
Annex A.14.2.7 Outsourced Development
Annex A.14.2.8 System Security Testing
Annex A.14.2.9 System Acceptance Testing
Annex A.14.3 Test data
Annex A.15 Supplier Relationships
Annex A.15.1.2 Addressing Security Within Supplier Agreements
Annex A.15.1.3 Information and Communication Technology Supply Chain
Annex A.15.2 Supplier Service Delivery Management
Annex A.16 Information Security Incident Management
Annex A.16.1.2 Reporting Information Security Events
Annex A.16.1.3 Reporting Information Security Weaknesses
Annex A.16.1.4 Assessment of and Decision on Information Security Events
Annex A.16.1.5 Response to Information Security Incidents
Annex A.16.1.6 Learning from Information Security Incidents
Annex A.16.1.7 Collection of Evidence
Annex A.17 Information Security Aspects of Business Continuity Management
Annex A.17.1.3 Verify, Review and Evaluate Information Security Continuity
Annex A.18 Compliance
Annex A.18.1.3 Protection of Records
Annex A.18.1.4 Privacy and Protection of Personally Identifiable Information
Annex A.18.1.5 Regulation of Cryptographic Controls
Annex 18.2 Information Security Reviews

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