Context of the Organization: External issues

Context of the Organization: External issues

Management Systems Implementation
Next up, on the subject of business context as the foundation that a management system is built upon, is the need to determine your external issues. Clause 4 "Context of the Organization" specifies this requirement and pertains to the things outside of the organization that can affect or have an impact on our goals and objectives. In this post, I will be suggesting what things should be considered when determining your external issues and giving you some ideas on how to go about it. What should be considered? External issues are about things outside of the company. I.e. things that you do not have direct control over. They can be anything that is relevant to the intended outcome or purpose of your management system. Here is a list of considerations to get you…
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The importance of context when writing a policy

Management Systems Implementation
For a while now, I've been intending to create and┬ápost a couple of example documents for downloading. Yanno, the usual stuff, ┬ásuch as policies and common management system processes. Sitting here tonight, with nothing better to do, I figured I would get to work on an example/template for an ISMS Policy. Sounds easy enough. I have no problem banging them out when I'm busy at work helping organizations to prepare theirs. But I've been sitting here for hours now and have little to show for it. I'm phrasing it this way, then phrasing it another way, then changing my mind and looking at it from a completely different angle altogether. Which statement should I put in and which should I leave out? Who am I speaking too? What's the purpose…
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