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Certified ISO27001 Practitioner

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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.

Note: Attend from Anywhere 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.

  •   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.

Learning Objectives

Delegates will learn how to :

  • Detail the requirements of ISO/IEC 27001:2013
  • 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


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.

Course Content

Day 1: ISO27001 ISMS

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

Day 2: ISO27001 Implementation

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

Day 3: Lead Auditing

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

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

  1. The Role of Governance in the Information Security Arena
  2. Information Security Management and Leadership Roles
  3. Continual Improvement
  4. Principles of Auditing
  5. Managing an Audit Programme
  6. Performing an Audit
  7. Reporting and Summarising Audit Findings
  8. Conducting Audit Follow-up
  9. The Relationship between Audits, and Risk Management
  10. The Value of Awareness Training

Day 5: The ISO Generic Management System

  1. ISO MS Terms and definitions
  2. ISO MS Context and Scope
  3. ISO MS Leadership and Planning
  4. ISO MS Operation
  5. ISO MS Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis and Evaluation
  6. ISO MS Internal Audit
  7. ISO MS Management Review
  8. ISO MS Improvement
  9. Re-cap, plus pre exam Q&A
  10. GCHQ certified course exam provided by APMG

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On day 5, delegates will sit a GCHQ certified course exam provided by APMG, based upon the materials covered in this ISO27001 Certified Practitioners course. Delegates are required to pass this exam to be certified.

Digital Badge

Designed to test a candidate’s knowledge and comprehension of the course, those that are successful can now claim a digital badge, in addition to their downloadable certificate. By claiming their digital badge, candidates prove they have studied a GCT course and passed the related APMG exam.


Candidates who share their badge online, can showcase their certified skills to the online community. APMG’s COO, Nick Houlton says, "Our badges are secure, digital representations of a person’s credentials. Through a single click, employers can verify a certification and understand the qualification, as well as an element of the process required to earn it. The badge can easily be embedded on a CV or email signature and shared on social networking sites, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.”


GCHQ appointed APMG to create a process for certifying cyber security related courses. Working in partnership with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC, a part of GCHQ), strict criteria are adhered to, to assess an organisation for its quality management system, quality of training materials and content and the quality of training that takes place.  By choosing a GCT course, a candidate can be confident that they will receive high quality training and training materials when they study their course.

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