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PO 6.5 Communication of IT Objectives and Direction

Control Objective:

Ensure that awareness and understanding of business and IT objectives and direction are communicated throughout the enterprise. The information communicated should encompass a clearly articulated mission, service objectives, security, internal controls, quality, code of ethics/conduct, policies and procedures, etc., and be included within a continuous communication program, supported by top management in action and words. Management should give specific attention to communicating IT security awareness and the message that IT security is everyone’s responsibility.


NIST SP 800-66
Control Exception
User Defined

Risk Association Control Activities:

1. Risk: Employees, including individuals with special security responsibilities (such as information security staff, systems administration staff, information asset owners, etc.) are not informed of or trained in their security responsibilities.
a. SOX.2.7.4: Controls provide reasonable assurance that employees are aware of their security responsibility and are able to respond appropriately to security incidents.

2. Risk: Critical Business Systems may be compromised as the result of the failure of IT security policies.
a. SOX.2.7.5: Controls provide reasonable assurance that IT security policies, procedures and standards have been documented, communicated to the appropriate individuals, and are enforced.

Implementation Guide:

Process Narrative
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Process Illustration
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Control Commentary
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Control Exception Commentary
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Evidence Archive Location
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Control Status and Auditors Commentary
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Remediation Plan
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Supplemental Information:
ISO 17799 3.1 Information security policy.

ISO 17799 4.1 Information security infrastructure.

ISO 12.2 Reviews of security policy and technical compliance.

Implementation guidance
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