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ISMS Connect is a dynamic, fast-growing, and friendly community for anyone involved in information security management or interested in learning more about it.

ISMS Implementation
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ISO27001
VDA TISAX
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Information Security Career
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All about information security industry

It was created to help people in the field of information security and risk management to improve their skills, learn security standards like ISO27001, VDA TISAX, how to implement ISMS,  interact with other industry professionals and advance their careers.

For any level of expertise

Whether you’re new in information security management or an experienced pro, employed or independent consultant: ISMS Connect will help you skill-up, skip the guesswork, and get second opinions from smart people.

Information security industry is growing and transforming rapidly.

ISMS is not easy. Standards are sometimes difficult to understand and manage. You’re trying to do your job and you don’t have the full picture because nobody is sharing their experiences with the same challenges as you.

COMPLEX & RESOURCE CONSUMING
Not sure where to start your ISMS project? Don’t know if you have a compliant ISMS? Feeling stuck or overwhelmed in your implementation?

Your company is struggling to implement security and risk management processes within the ISMS. It is hard work, but it is also costly if you get it wrong. A poor ISMS can also harm your business in different ways – leading to fines, lengthy investigations, loss of data, mismanaged records and reputation damage.

CONSULTANTS ARE NOT THE BEST FIT​
You know what your ISMS stands for, and you think you know how to get it done, but when it comes down to actually doing it,
you’re stuck?

Your entire day could be consumed trying to meet deadlines, staying informed and simply figuring out what’s the best course of action to keep your business safe. Staying in touch with all the new technological advancements can also prove to be tricky. There’s just too much out there for one person to comprehend it, let alone stay up-to-date about it all.

COMPLEX & RESOURCE CONSUMING
The ISMS Implementation is hard: most projects require half a year’s time and fail to reap the expected results. Some organizations find implementing an ISO27001 / VDA TISAX ISMS too costly and time consuming.

Often security managers don’t have the budget to do it right. Or they try too hard to create everything from scratch—throwing their whole security budget at it in one go.Unfortunately, this leads to an endless cycle of new implementations, with no progress made towards reaching your goals.

There are hundreds of people facing exactly the same challenges as you

We are here to help. Community of people from different companies and backgrounds sharing ideas and knowledge to improve your ISMS and therefore your career.

Join our international community of  infosec practitioners and risk management professionals, who already learned how to implement ISO27001 and VDA TISAX ISMS in their business
and are eager to share their knowledge with you.
Networking
A powerful way to network with fellow it specialists, managers, advisors, ISMS practitioners and industry leaders.
The top 1% information security practitioners in startups, organizations , and enterprise gather to network, explore the most important issues facing during ISMS implementation, and learn how to solve their biggest problems. It’s all about connections. It’s about learning from each other.
Education
Learn from the experts and others about how they implemented ISMS in their organization, issues
they faced, and how they overcame them.

Sharing one’s knowledge is part of the learning experience. Community is more than just a place to ask questions. It’s also a place to connect with other members, share experiences, and learn from one another. With our dedicated channels, you can join up in conversation related to a specific topic.

Support from community
We all have questions and sometimes need answers to share with others to make them more clear.

Get help from the community, and inspire others with your own solutions. If you are working on a hard problem, or facing a difficult decision, you can always ask the community for a little help to solve a problem. Any member can then upvote suggestions, ask questions, or comment on posts to help you find the most effective solution.

Career growth
The right place where you can get the tools and connections you need to advance your career and accomplish your life goals.

Get inspired, network with top industry professionals, stay on top of breaking trends, and find inspiring opportunities to take your company or career to the next level. Private job board is a way of connecting people who have information security related jobs with members of the community who have skills, and are willing to engage in conversation.

We found it very enriching to be able to achieve our planned certification so quickly and with such a high level of quality with the help of the toolkit and the great advice. Thanks a lot for this support.
Klemens Vatterodt
Team Lead Service Delivery, COYO GmbH
Community is part of ISMS Toolkit All-in-one membership

Self-paced toolkit for rapid ISMS implementation that includes a unique mix of readymade documents, trainings, expert community, step-by-step guidance and assistance through the whole process.

Designed for small and mid-size businesses who want to become more secure and get ISO27001 certification effortlessly, even without large budgets, endless paperwork and being overwhelmed by complex ISO requirements and controls.

Implement ISMS yourself fast, on the budget without compromising
on quality.

Readymade documentation templates, step-by-step guidance, learning materials, experts community, and support. All in one comprehensive toolkit. Eliminate large money, time, and human resource spending by using proven ready-made templates and processes. Focus on what is essential for your career and business instead.

Readymade documentation templates
ISMS Toolkit empowers you and your entire team with a structured system of documentation, guides, and templates to help you rapidly build and optimize your ISMS. Eliminate boring paperwork and large time spendings by using 95% complete pre-made documents template and step-by-step guidance to fill the remaining 5% with company-specific details.
Step-by-step implementation training

ISMS Academy is a structured information security learning path to assist organizations in managing information security. Academy provides everything you need to get started on your journey towards ISMS implementation and certification. Tailored courses on best practices, standards, policies, and much more. Accessible from any device, anywhere.

Private infosec community
We are here to help. ISMS Connect is a dynamic, fast-growing, and friendly community for anyone involved in information security management or interested in learning more about it. The community of people from different companies and backgrounds sharing ideas and knowledge to improve your
ISMS and therefore your career.
Expert support and assistance
Toolkit includes everything you need to implement ISMS yourself. If there is something you can not handle, or need further advice, we will be there for you, only a click away. Get access to unlimited email support, documentation review, video sessions, and 1 hour expert consultation to ensure everything is compliant with the standards.
100% No-Risk Money-Back Guarantee

With ISMS Toolkit, you will be able to set up a solid information security management system according to ISO27001 and VDA ISA TISAX standards. All documentation and support provided by professional infosec practitioners with in-depth knowledge and many years of hands-on experience in information security. If you are not satisfied with ISMS Toolkit over the next 15 days, we will refund 100% of your purchase. No questions asked.

1 year of updates

Product updates are free. When the ISMS documentation toolkit is updated, we notify our customers by email so that they can download the new version in user dashboard

Unlimited email support

Our team are ready to provide responsive email support at any time during your implementation project. Each question will be answered within 24 hours by our implementation experts.

People. Connections. KNOWLEDGE.

ISMS Connect is here to help you improve your information security stay on top of the latest ISMS best practices, learn how to manage risks, protect data and get certified. Find the right job opportunities and grow as a professional. Above all, ISMS Connect is a community of like-minded professionals with real experience and cases to tell.

Global networking

Our goal is to create a global community where you can connect with information security practitioners from different organisations and industries around the world.

Private community

The ISMS Connect is a private, members-only focused community where professional can share, discover information, discuss infosec and ISMS related topics.

Personal connections

Build a network. Meet new friends, share, collaborate with people who have common professional interests. Make personal connections and advance your career.

Ask and solve problems

Ask our community of experts any question or help you needs. We’ll help you find the answer or someone who has expertise will give you an informed and detailed answer.

15+ Highly focused forums

Highly focused forums lets you connect and contribute to the conversations that matter most. Join general forums on your interests, or create a private discussions. 

Expert roundtables

Online events with a specific topic to help inform members about a particular area of expertise. Each session will be recorded, so that you can access them anytime.

Exclusive content

Our insights, original content, and data to back up the trends emerging in this rapidly-developing industry . Learn from the best and apply it to your business and career.

Members only materials

As a member, you will get exclusive access to the library of expert-tested processes, templates, webinars and cheat sheets, to help accelerate your ISMS implementation.

Private knowledge base

The knowledge base is your library of industry-leading best practices and everything we’ve learned. Access 100+ of articles, videos, tutorial and expert tips to help you learn faster.

Designed based on industry best practices and years of experience

Created by a team of infosec practitioners with in-depth knowledge and many years of hands-on experience in information security,
based on industry best practices
and latest standarts.

We’re on the global mission to help 100,000 professionals learn, plan and implement information security management system, protect their customers' data, and make the world more secure

ISMS Connect was founded in 2015 in Berlin by an enthusiastic team who wanted to make information security easily available for everyone. We are here to provide tools, training, and support to small and medium organizations looking to implement and maintain an information security management system (ISMS) and get ISO27001 or VDA TISAX certified.

8
years of hands-on experience in information security and ISMS implementation.
345
clients from 5 countries helped to implement ISMS and getting certified
10000+
ISMS Toolkit documents prepared and reviewed against ISO and VDA requirements.
With the help of your expertise and advice, we were able to understand and meet the requirements more quickly. ISO 27001 could be implemented promptly and the certification body attested us excellent preparation.
Dr. Olaf Pätz
Managing Director Outerscore GmbH
We're proud of our members

ISMS Connect brings together a community of certified ISMS practitioners, security professionals of all levels, and anyone in the information security industry.

Managers and IT specialists

Professionals that know there is a better way to learn and level-up their career. Looking for strict plan, timeline, support and assistance thorough the process. Needs more info about ISMS, certification process and clear understanding of how much tech work is to be done.

Leadership, CEO and CIO

Ambitious senior business leaders ready to supercharge their organisation, minimize risks and liabilities, fulfill regulatory requirements or customer needs and increase brand awareness. Need clean strategy on changing industry. Looking to meet new business partners. 

Infosec or management consultants

Consulting experts driven by goal to help their customers, acquire and accomplish  ISO27001 or TISAX projects and grow their business. They know the value of networking and needs specific information about formal procedures of the certification process. 

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Forums and discussions focuses on specific topics dedicated to share your comments, insights, expertise, ask questions, help and educate others.

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Kickstart your ISMS implementation today

Join our fast-growing private community where information security practitioners can connect with each other, level-up their skills, and learn from the leading infosec experts.

Unlock access with ISMS toolkit membership

Get full access to all of our currently available and upcoming products, templates, courses, step-by-step guidance, and unlimited support through the implementation process. Everything you need in one single membership.

Readymade ISO27001 & VDA TISAX documentation templates set with step-by-step implementation guidance​

Contains 40+ documents of ISO2001 / VDA TISAX policies, controls, processes and procedures to implement ISMS yourself, meet requirements of the standard, protect customer data and make your business more secure.

Live support, documents review and assistance through the whole ISMS implementation project.

Toolkit includes everything you need to implement ISMS yourself. If there is something you can not handle, or need further advice, we will be there for you, only a click away. Get access to unlimited email support, documentation review, video sessions, and 1 hour expert consultation to ensure everything is compliant with the standards.

ISMS Connect Community for Businesses & People in Infosec Industry

Learn, connect, and level up with the leading ISMS experts and other professionals like you. We here to help you improve your information security stay on top of the latest ISMS best practices, learn how to manage risks, protect data and get certified. Find the job opportunities and grow
as a professional.

Readymade ISO27001 & VDA TISAX documentation templates set with step-by-step implementation guidance​

ISMS Academy is a structured information security learning path to assist organizations in managing information security. Academy provides everything you need to get started on your journey towards ISMS implementation and certification. Tailored courses on best practices, standards, policies, and much more. Accessible from any device, anywhere.
transforming the way business implement ISMS framework

A toolkit designed to eliminate common issues, misunderstandings, large human resources, budget expenses, and stress during ISMS implementation. Get results fast, on the budget without compromising on quality.

ISMS as simple as possible.
Less paperwork, more focus on what matters. Don’t waste time on creating everything from scratch, use this set of handcrafted resources to kickstart
ISMS project efficiently.
Go quickly and efficiently

Save a lot of time and human resources in research, documents creation and trials & errors. Set up ISMS in relative short time and minimal efforts, without reinventing the wheel.

Save time, money and resources

Prevent thousands spent on consultants delivering the same results. Save over 90% compared to the cost of consultant with no effect on the documentation quality and business outcomes. 

A certification according to VDA-ISA/ TISAX would not have been achieved so quickly if we had not used the ISMS Toolkit great templates. Moreover, the helpful and friendly advice we received was not only a great help but also a lot of fun. Many thanks for this.
Anika Merkel
cyber-Wear Heidelberg GmbH
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Get full access to all of our currently available and upcoming products, templates, courses, step-by-step guidance, and unlimited support through the implementation process. Everything you need in one single membership.

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ISMS Assistance +
100% No-Risk Money-Back Guarantee

With ISMS Toolkit, you will be able to set up a solid information security management system according to ISO27001 and VDA ISA TISAX standards. All documentation and support provided by professional infosec practitioners with in-depth knowledge and many years of hands-on experience in information security. If you are not satisfied with ISMS Toolkit over the next 15 days, we will refund 100% of your purchase. No questions asked.

1 year of updates

Product updates are free. When the ISMS documentation toolkit is updated, we notify our customers by email so that they can download the new version in user dashboard

Unlimited email support

Our team are ready to provide responsive email support at any time during your implementation project. Each question will be answered within 24 hours by our implementation experts.

ISMS Toolkit is a collection of tools & templates designed to help you implement an information security management system (ISMS) compliant with the two most popular security standards: ISO27001(the international standard for information security management) and VDA ISA (TISAX) (the information security standard for the automotive industry). The toolkit includes templates and guidance to create all ISO2001 and VDA ISA policies, controls, processes, and procedures to meet the requirements of both standards, protect customer data, and make your business more secure.

ISO27001 is a leading international information security standard, specifying the requirements for an organization’s information security management system (ISMS). An ISMS is a documented set of policies, procedures, processes, and controls that are designed to address all aspects of information security within your organization. The standard was first published in 2005 and has been updated incrementally since then. ISMS is based on the fundamental concepts of information security including people, processes, and technology. ISO27001 is recognized by governments and regulatory agencies across the globe. We’ve created this toolkit to help you get up and running with ISO27001 quickly and easily, using best practice documentation methods.

TISAX stands for “Trusted Information Security Assessment Exchange”. VDA ISA (TISAX) is a control system for security information. It provides guidelines to ensure an appropriate level of security for IT systems in the automotive industry. VDA ISA (TISAX) refers to the management of information technology as a critical infrastructure. In addition to data protection, this also includes all aspects of Information Security, such as confidentiality, integrity, and availability. It consists of requirements from VDA ISA (Verband der Automobilindustrie Information Security Assessment).

Yes. We would recommend getting a copy of the ISO27001 standard itself from the ISO official website and VDA ISA website. First of all without one, you may find that you spend more time than necessary trying to locate answers to your questions. Having the actual source document will help you better understand all the information needed for the implementation process.

And secondly during the certification process you will need to show auditor which criteria your ISMS is built against, so defacto it’s required for certification.

No, we don’t offer certification. Our goal is to help you set up an information security management system yourself with ISMS Toolkit and prepare your organization for the certification audit. To arrange certification, you need to contact a Registered Certification Body (RCB) in your region who will conduct a two-stage audit to verify that you are compliant with standard requirements.

Normally, the whole process can take up to 12-18 months depends on the size and complexity of your organization, and there are a number of stages that need to be completed before you can be standard certified. Even though many organizations focus on Information Security, the implementation of ISMS is not easy for everyone. There is a lot of work involved to prepare for an audit and be ready for certification. Even more without proper planning, the cost of certification can be extremely high with little to no return on investment.

In the same time, from our practice we know it’s possible to acchieve certification much faster (4-6 month) and with less expenses. And a lot of our customers actually do that. ISMS Toolkit helps you cut certification time from 1-1,5 year to a few month saving thousands of budget in the process.

In addition, there are several more conditions that you should to consider:

  • Having an information security responsible / project manager that is ISO or IT from start that is commited and can work every day or every other day on ensuring that tasks are carried out and defined processes are taken in place.
  • Top management must commit and transfer responsibility to release documents to this person.
  • Having an existing cert. like 9001 helps to achieve best target of 3-4 months.
  • Size of organization has lower impact (e.g. 100-500 employees often the same), more number of locations is a bigger impact.
  • Motivation to adopt new processes thorough departments.
  • Close working with HR & IT.

ISO27001 is one of the top security management systems available. Setting up an Information Security Management System (ISMS) for your company can be a lot to take on. It requires a lot of risk assessments, policies, and procedures which all need to be reviewed and put together by someone in-house who has the necessary technical know-how. There is plenty of information security consulting companies out there that can provide an ISMS but they often charge a lot for their services and required additional onboarding projects. While external consultants are a good option for top-level companies, they are too expensive and time-consuming for small to medium enterprises. The cost of hiring an external consultant often is pretty high and required additional time to find and manage it.

Small companies with fewer than 100 employees can expect to pay less than €10,000. Companies with over 100 employees and over €10 million in revenue can expect to pay more than €50,000.

ISMS Toolkit designed to eliminate large money, time, and human resource spending on reinventing the wheel by using proven ready-made templates and processes. Focus on what is essential for your life and business instead. Prevent thousands spent on consultants delivering the same toolkit and save over 90% compared to the cost of ISMS consultant with no effect on the documentation quality and business outcomes.

Doing the wrong things for the right reasons is still doing the wrong things. Without a clear strategy, step-by-step plan, and the help of a third party, achieving certification take months of research, trial, and error. That’s why we created ISMS Toolkit.

ISMS Toolkit gives you clear overview of the whole process.

See exactly what needs to be done. A well-organized and structured system that gives you an overview of the full scope, timeline all information you need. Get a clear understanding of how much technical work is to be done so you can plan and estimate your project before going into detail.

The audit gives you the opportunity to see how your information security management system (ISMS) stacks up to the requirements of ISO27001. The risk of not passing the ISO27001 audit is very real. If your information security management system (ISMS) is not in line with the requirements of ISO27001, you run the risk of non-compliance, which could lead to hefty financial penalties or even losing customers. This is why you need a plan in place so that you can be as prepared as possible before going into the audit.

Internal audit:

Internal audit can’t be failed but can lead to poor results. There is no direct influence on the external audits besides consuming time. The most common result is remedy discrepancies, so you need to re-do it. To do so you can always contact us to look into results to remedy discrepancies and help you to come up with a better solution.

External audit:

The audit can result in one of three possible outcomes: compliance, temporary certificate, or non-compliance. The most common one is compliance. This is where everything is in order and there are no outstanding issues. However, sometimes an organization will receive a temporary certificate due to outstanding issues that need addressing. The last outcome is non-compliance. This means you’re not audited properly or your systems don’t meet the requirements, so you require at least one improvement action before the next audit date.

We suggest to! Most of the documents described in security standards are mandatory. These documents act as proof of a proper Information Security Management System. To verify your compliance auditor will review all the ISMS documentation, which means that what is not written down in your documentation needs to be proven in another way. Having all required ISMS documentation in place is a key element of successful security standards certification.

Yes, sure. We believe information security doesn’t need to be hard. Our goal is to give companies the tools they need to tackle the topic of “information security” themselves. ISMS Toolkit designed to help you implement ISMS yourself with step-by-step guidance and support without time and budget consuming external consulting services.

Yes, but can be a variety of persons like IT manager, quality manager, or something close to IT, Data protection officer also possible. We also offer the position of external ISO as a bookable service.

Yes, we can help you with auditor assessment. In addition to support and assistance through the process, we would be happy to advise and support you with audits with our customizable service options.

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