ISO 27001 Annex : A.15.2 Supplier Service Delivery Management

ISO 27001 Annex : A.15.2 Supplier Service Delivery Management It’s objective is to maintain, in compliance with supplier agreements, an agreed level of information security and delivery of service.

A.15.2.1  Monitoring and Review of Supplier Services

Control- Organizations shall monitor, review and audit the provision of service to suppliers on a regular basis.

Implementation Guidance – Monitoring and review of supplier services will ensure respect for the terms and conditions of information security of the arrangement and careful monitoring of incidents and issues related to information security.

This will include a process of service management between the client and the supplier:

  1. Monitor the level of service performance to verify agreement compliance;
  2. Review the supplier’s service reports and schedule progress meetings on a regular basis as required by the agreements;
  3. conduct supplier audits and follow-up on reported problems in conjunction with the analysis of independent auditor reports where available;
  4. Facilitate and review the details regarding safety incidents as provided by agreements and any relevant guidelines and procedures;
  5. review the traces of the manufacturer audit and information security reports, operational issues, failures, fault-tracking and service-related disturbances;
  6. solving and managing any problems identified;
  7. review the security of information aspects of the provider’s relations with their own suppliers;
  8. Ensure that the company retains sufficient service capacity along with working plans to ensure that negotiated rates of service reliability are maintained following significant service or catastrophe failures.

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A designated entity or service management team should be entrusted with the responsibility for managing supplier relationships. Moreover, the organization should ensure that suppliers assign responsibilities for compliance review and implementation of the agreement requirements. There should be appropriate technical expertise and resources to track compliance with the requirements of the Agreement, especially with the requirements for information security. If deficiencies in the service delivery are observed, suitable action should be taken.

To order that sensitive and essential information and information processing facilities that a company has access, stored or controlled should be kept to full control and exposure of all security aspects. In the context of a defined reporting procedure, the organization should retain visibility in security activities such as change management, vulnerability identification, and incident reporting and response to information security.

A.15.2.2  Managing Changes to Supplier Services

Control- Change in the provision of services by providers should be managed with the focus on the criticality of enterprise information, systems, processes, and reassessment of risks and should include maintaining and improving existing information security policies, procedures, and controls.

Implementation Guidance – This will take into account the following aspects:

  1. Modifications of arrangements for suppliers;
  2. Implementing changes by the organization:
  • Improvements to existing offered services;
  • development of all new systems and applications;
  • Changes or modifications to the policies and procedures of the organization;
  • Controls new or updated to address and enhance safety information incidents;
  1. Implementing improvements in supplier services:
  • Network modification and improvement;
  • the use of the modern technology;
  • Current or older releases with existing products;
  • New technologies and environments for development;
  • Modification of service center physical location;
  • Supplier change;
  • Subcontract to another supplier.

Also Read : ISO 27001 Annex : A.15.1.2  & A.15.1.3 

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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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