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ISO 27001 Clause 9.3: Management Review (2022)

This version of ISO 27001 Clause 9.3 is applicable to ISO 27001:2022. It involves senior leadership of an organisation regularly (usually at least once per year) reviewing the performance and success of the ISMS processes.

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 to ensure that the ISMS is suitable, effective and adequate to support information security.

Clause 9.3.1

Clause 9.3.1 is a general clause that requires senior management to 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

This clause covers management review inputs, stating that the management review should consist of the following:

  • The status of actions from the previous management reviews;
  • Any changes in the internal or external issues relevant to the ISMS, which have been identified in previous clauses;
  • Any changes in needs and expectations of interested parties that are relevant to the ISMS, again which have been identified in previous clauses;
  • Feedback on the information security performance.

Feedback on information security performance includes trends in:

  • Nonconformities and corrective actions;
  • Monitoring and measurement results;
  • Audit results, which are covered in clause 9.2;
  • Fulfilment of information security objectives;
  • Feedback from interested parties;
  • Results of risk assessments and status of the risk treatment plan;
  • Opportunities for continual improvement.

Clause 9.3.3

Clause 9.3.3 covers management review results, and 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.