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Hi there, 

I'm looking for some help to direct me to folks that have created an ISMS using confluence, or something that is 'pre canned' that we can customise. 

Any assistance is appreciated.

cheers

Rob

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Have you had any luck @Robert McAdam? My online search lead me to your post and the website https://instant27001.com/.

Thanks Kat, I have looked in depth at instant27001.com and seeing if there were any others that were available. So far, they look like the only ones. 

Hi Robert, 

My company bought an ISO 27001 package, which consisted of roughly 100+ Word and Excel templates, some tens of pages long, while others a few paragraphs long.

Last year along with a colleague we were responsible for editing everything, changing the file owners, tags and labels, sharing them with people within the organisation over email and ensuring processes were place. It was an extremely tiring, a messy process, with a lot of files in various folders, multiple versions of documents, a lot of hard work. I wouldn't recommend it on anyone. 

This year I moved everything into Confluence, which was relatively easy to do with the Import Word document function and copy and paste, which sometimes is a lot easier because Word has a lot of unnecessary formatting. The big job really is:

  • getting the document wording in line with your companies security policies, 
  • getting pages that are related to each other linked up, or anchored for easy clicking, 
  • getting the documents standardised and formatted, 
  • allowing the auditors to see who has done what when?  
  • allowing the auditors to see versioning, owners and auditors of the pages and reports,
  • applying the security standards to your employees, teams and organisation etc. 

If you are going to do it yourself consider this 'must have' plugin, which will make your life a lot easier with all of the above. Sadly I only discovered this plugin in the last month, thus wasted a lot of time updating audit report pages manually. 

  • QC Documents for Confluence Cloud

  • SubSpace Navigation for Confluence

I am happy to share a few tips and tricks on how to do the pages, how to build the reports, etc.

In fact I did a post not so long ago titled How to automate a page (report) that summaries changes on other pages? on this very topic and one can see where I have used the QC plugin to maximise the potential of automation.

Here is example ISO Audit report page I created that is entirely automated, linked to every ISO page and it pulls in information as pages are updated. 

isf08 - internal 2019 audit report.png

 

The other plugin I mentioned is 'SubSpace Navigation for Confluence', this is a menu system, which I am using to show important documentation. I've found folk remember stuff a lot more if they:

  • know where to find it (hence a quick pull down menu). 
  • Likewise our managers  are only interested in their pages (again a quick pull down menu, with content only they can see is very useful). 

Here is an example of the menu in action for ISO 27001.

ISO 27001 Menu.png 

- Mike

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I am already in contact with @Robert McAdam but for all other people that stumble upon this question: I am the owner of Instant 27001 :-).

My solution is designed and sold as ready-to-run, as it contains not only the templates, but also all canned examples, written with small business in mind. So no need to sift through hundreds of lengthy Word and Excel files.

No plugins required, plain vanilla Confluence will do!

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