QA Certified ISO27001 Practitioner

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QA Certified ISO27001 Practitioner


This Certified ISO27001 Practitioners training course will provide delegates with the requirements and principles of ISO/IEC 27001, with an awareness of the issues and challenges involved in implementing an information security management system.

This practical course is designed to deliver the delegate with a solid understanding of information security management (ISM) systems as set out in ISO/IEC 27001:2017.

The course will impart the skills to plan, audit and implement an ISO 27001:2017 compliant information security management system (ISMS) audit.

On day 5, delegates will sit an independent APMG exam, based upon the materials covered in this ISO27001 Practitioner’s course. Successful exam delegates will be provided with an electronic APMG certificate.

Note: AFA delegates must attend the course on day 5 to sit the exam

Intended Audience:

Security and IT professionals, those responsible for risk, audit and compliance or project managers responsible for ISO27001 compliance programmes.

IISP Skills Alignment

This course is aligned to the following Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) Skills. More details on the IISP skills framework can be found here.

A1, A2, A3, A4, A6, B1, B2, C2, D1, D2, E1, G1

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

CPD points can be claimed for GCT accredited courses at the rate of 1 point per hour of training for GCHQ accredited courses (up to a maximum of 15 points).

N.B. There is no change to the content of the ISO27001 standard despite a new 2017 version being published recently. It is basically just a change to incorporate renumbering of BS ISO/IEC 27001:2013 to include the EN status as BS EN ISO/IEC 27001:2017. This means the standard has now been ratified by at least one of the European Standardisation Organisations.

What's Included

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Exam(s) included


There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Every delegate will be sent their own copy of the following standards for pre-course reading.

    BS EN ISO/IEC 27001:2017
    BS EN ISO/IEC 27002:2017

Familiarisation with the structure of these standards will support delegates with course exercises and the end of course exam.

Delegates will learn how to

Detail the requirements of ISO/IEC 27001:2017
How to identify information assets
How to identify the threats, vulnerabilities and risks associated with Assets
How to Plan the ISMS implementation program: Timescales and resources, Risk assessment and management, Producing a Statement of Applicability and Documentation, monitoring and auditing
Prepare for ISO27001 certification (Phase 1 & 2)
Understand the sources of information and further development
Understanding of best-practice audit methodology
Prepare, lead and report on the findings of an information security audit.
Detailed information about auditing the ISMS against ISO 27001
Interview techniques, following audit trails and reviewing documented evidence
Audit risk assessments, business continuity and effective continual improvement
How to identify nonconformities, and ensure appropriate corrective action is undertaken
Challenges of maintaining ISO27001 certification, including surveillance audits
Governance and the relationship between auditing and risk management


Day 1: ISO27001 ISMS

Why do you need certification to ISO 27001?
The relationship between ISO27001, and ISO27002
What the Information Security Management System (ISMS) is and what it is trying to achieve; Confidentiality, integrity, availability, plus audit
Overview of the stages of the ISMS
Defining an Information Security Policy
Defining the scope of the ISMS
What are information assets, and identifying them?
Conducting risk assessments; Identifying asset values, threats and vulnerabilities, Practical exercise - under taking a risk assessment and Managing risk
Risk measurement
Results and conclusions resulting from an assessment
Risk reduction and acceptance techniques

Day 2: ISO27001 Implementation

Determining control objectives
Selecting control objectives and controls
Information Security Overview
ISO 27001/ ISO27002 control objectives and controls
The application of countermeasures, Creating a workable countermeasure
Preparing a Statement of Applicability
Auditing the ISMS, What does auditing achieve? How should auditing be conducted? and Different types of audit

Day 3: Lead Auditing

Preparing for formal certification audits
In depth, the phase 1 and 2 ISO 27001 audits
Maintaining Certification

Day 4: Governance, Generic Management, and Systems Audit Process

The Role of Governance in the Information Security Arena
Information Security Management and Leadership Roles
Continual Improvement
Principles of Auditing
Managing an Audit Programme
Performing an Audit
Reporting and Summarising Audit Findings
Conducting Audit Follow-up
The Relationship between Audits, and Risk Management
The Value of Awareness Training

Day 5: The ISO Generic Management System

ISO MS Terms and definitions
ISO MS Context and Scope
ISO MS Leadership and Planning
ISO MS Operation
ISO MS Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis and Evaluation
ISO MS Internal Audit
ISO MS Management Review
ISO MS Improvement
Re-cap, plus pre exam Q&A
GCHQ certified course exam provided by APMG

Exam Information

Candidates will receive individual emails to access their AMPG GCT candidate portal, typically available two weeks post exam. If you experience any issues, please contact the APMG GCT technical help desk on 01494 4520450.



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