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This version of ISO 27001 Clause 9.3 is applicable to ISO 27001:2022.

Management reviews are one of the key elements of the information security management system (ISMS) due to the involvement of top management. If information security needs more budget urgently due to an unplanned risk, top management can make this possible.

The purpose of the management review is ensure that the ISMS is suitable, effective and adequate to support information security.

Clause 9.3.1, general, requires that management review the organisation’s ISMS at planned intervals. The purpose of the review is to ensure the ISMS’s ongoing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness.

Clause 9.3.2, management review inputs, states that the management review should consist of:

  • The status of actions from the previous management reviews
  • Any changes in the internal or external issues that are relevant to the ISMS.
  • Changes in needs and expectations of interested parties that are relevant to the ISMS
  • Feedback on the information security performance.

Feedback on information security performance includes trends in:

  • Nonconformities and corrective actions
  • Monitoring and measurement results
  • Audit results
  • Fulfilment of information security objectives
  • Feedback from interested parties
  • Results of risk assessment and status of risk treatment plan
  • Opportunities for continual improvement.

Clause 9.3.3, management review results, states that the results of the management review shall include decisions related to continual improvement opportunities and any needs for changes to the information security management system. Documented information should also be available as evidence of the results of management reviews.