Anyone interested in getting into or advancing their career in cybersecurity probably knows that they will need training and qualifications. But given that the field is so broad, how are you supposed to decide which course is right for you?
This blog will help you make that decision. We take three of our most popular training courses – ISO27001 Certified ISMS Internal Auditor, ISO27001 Certified ISMS Lead Auditor and ISO27001 Certified ISMS Lead Implementer – and explain what they cover and who they are suitable for.
A lead implementer takes charge of an organization’s ISO 27001 compliance project. They are responsible for the big decisions, such as setting out the ISMS’s scope, and for ensuring the Standard’s requirements have been addressed.
What you learn: The nine key steps involved in planning, implementing and maintaining an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS.
Who it’s for: This course should be attended by the person responsible for ISO 27001 compliance (typically the CISO) and the person leading the project (this might be the same person). You’ll need a solid understanding of ISO 27001’s risk assessment process, and should have already taken a foundation-level ISO 27001 course.
Length: Three days
A lead auditor can work internally or audit a second or third party’s ISMS. Their expertise is usually required when the organization is seeking ISO 27001 certification, or if a partner organization requests a supply chain audit.
What you learn: The first half of the course teaches you about auditing in general, and the second half covers best-practice advice for how to audit an ISMS.
Who it’s for: Anyone who wants the responsibility for implementing and maintaining their organization’s ISMS. It’s also suitable for those who want to work for a specific auditing organization, such as KPMG.
Length: Four and a half days
An internal auditor assesses the effectiveness of the organization’s ISMS (information security management system) and whether it meets the requirements of ISO 27001, reporting their findings to senior management.
What you learn: The course begins with an introduction to ISO 27001 and how auditing fits into the compliance process, before explaining how to plan for and execute an internal audit.
Who it’s for: It’s ideal for compliance managers, but it’s obviously suitable for anyone interested in conducting internal audits. You should have a decent understanding of ISO 27001, but your main strengths should be in policy reviews.
Length: Two days
What are the differences between these courses?
Even though each of these courses covers similar areas, they are geared towards specific job roles. Take the internal and lead auditor courses as an example.
An internal auditor could be an employee within the organization (hence ‘internal’), but they ideally wouldn’t have played a major role in the ISMS’s implementation. Otherwise, they are being asked to find faults in their own work, which they might be reluctant to do.
Meanwhile, a lead auditor will have the specialist knowledge required to conduct second- or third-party audits. Although the tasks involved in these two roles are similar, the day-to-day work is very different. Whereas an internal auditor only has to be familiar with their organization’s ISMS, a lead auditor that works for an auditing company deals with many organizations and interacts with even more people.
Then we come to the lead implementer course, which teaches you how to fulfill a completely different job role. Lead implementers are the heart of the team that puts the ISMS together. As with auditors, they need a strong understanding of ISO 27001’s compliance requirements, but their job focuses on how to meet those requirements, as opposed to reviewing whether they have been implemented correctly.
Of course, consultants will need to be implemented and auditing experts. They should, therefore, consider our ISO27001 Lead Implementer and Lead Auditor Combination Course, which covers everything you’d learn on each course separately. You’ll move straight from one topic to the other, helping you solidify your knowledge and understand how the two roles interact.