ISO 27001 Statement of Applicability

Demystifying the ISO 27001 Statement of Applicability: The Heartbeat of Your ISMS

When embarking on the journey of achieving ISO 27001 certification, there are many terms and concepts that organizations must grapple with. Among these, the 'Statement of Applicability' (SoA) stands out as a cornerstone. But what exactly is the SoA, and why is it so crucial to the ISO 27001 Information Security Management System (ISMS)?

What is the Statement of Applicability?

The Statement of Applicability is a comprehensive document that specifies which of the controls from Annex A of the ISO 27001 standard are applicable to an organization’s ISMS. Annex A itself consists of 93 controls,that touch upon various aspects of information security.

However, not every organization will need every control. Depending on the nature, size, and complexity of an organization, some controls might be deemed unnecessary. The SoA is where you declare your rationale for including or excluding each control.

Why is the SoA important?

Crafting the Perfect SoA: Steps to Consider


The Statement of Applicability is more than just a requirement for ISO 27001 certification. It's a reflection of an organization's commitment to information security. When crafted thoughtfully, the SoA can serve as a guiding light for an organization's security posture, ensuring that every aspect of security is considered and addressed. Dive into the process, engage with the controls, and let the SoA be the heartbeat of your ISMS!


Selecting the Controls

Choosing the right controls from ISO 27001's Annex A is more art than science, necessitating a delicate balance between risk appetite, business objectives, and security needs. While the process may seem daunting, the structured approach can streamline the process, ensuring that the organization remains resilient and compliant. Remember, it's not about selecting all controls, but the right ones. 

remember Each control exists to address specific risks. However, not every control will be relevant to every organization. 

A Step-by-Step Guide to Selecting Controls