Auditing for threat intelligence under ISO27001

Auditing for threat intelligence under ISO27001 involves assessing and ensuring that your organization's information security management system (ISMS) effectively incorporates threat intelligence practices. Here's a guide on how to audit for threat intelligence under ISO27001:

Understand ISO27001 Requirements:

Familiarize yourself with the ISO27001 standard and its requirements, particularly those related to risk management (Clause 6), information security controls (Clause 14), and continual improvement (Clause 10).

Define Threat Intelligence Objectives:

Clearly define your organization's objectives regarding threat intelligence. This may include identifying and assessing relevant threats, vulnerabilities, and risks to your information assets.

Establish a Threat Intelligence Program:

Ensure that your organization has established a formalized threat intelligence program. This program should define processes for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating threat intelligence information.

Risk Assessment and Management:

Audit the risk assessment and management processes to ensure they consider threat intelligence. Verify that threat intelligence is used to identify new and emerging threats that could impact the organization's information assets.

Integration with Security Controls:

Evaluate how threat intelligence is integrated into the organization's information security controls. This includes incident response, access controls, and other security measures.

Monitoring and Detection:

Assess the organization's monitoring and detection capabilities. Verify that threat intelligence is used to enhance the organization's ability to detect and respond to security incidents.

Incident Response:

Review the incident response procedures and confirm that they incorporate threat intelligence. This should include the ability to respond effectively to incidents based on the latest threat information.

Information Sharing:

Check if the organization participates in information-sharing communities and collaborates with other entities to exchange threat intelligence. Collaboration can enhance the effectiveness of threat intelligence.

Training and Awareness:

Verify that employees are trained on the importance of threat intelligence and how to use it in their roles. Ensure there is awareness about the latest threats and vulnerabilities.


Review documentation to ensure that threat intelligence processes and procedures are well-documented and aligned with ISO27001 requirements.

Continuous Improvement:

Evaluate how the organization reviews and improves its threat intelligence capabilities over time. Ensure there is a feedback loop to incorporate lessons learned from incidents and changes in the threat landscape.

Compliance with Legal and Regulatory Requirements:

Confirm that the organization's threat intelligence practices comply with relevant legal and regulatory requirements.

Third-Party Relationships:

If the organization relies on third-party services for threat intelligence, audit the agreements and ensure they meet ISO27001 requirements.


Assess how threat intelligence is reported to key stakeholders, including management. Verify that reporting mechanisms are effective and timely.

Remember, the audit process should be thorough and objective. Consider involving individuals with expertise in threat intelligence and information security during the audit to ensure a comprehensive evaluation.

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