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    Is ISO 27001 the right path for your career?

    If you want to pursue a career in information security, you may be wondering how to get started with it, when there’s such a variety of laws and regulations enforcing information protection. ISO 27001 the leading ISO standard for information security management, might be the right choice for professionals looking towards an information security career.

    But where do you begin your learning path? In this article, you will learn some options on where to start learning about ISO 27001 and information security, the trainings available, and which one is more suitable for you.

    Benefits of ISO 27001 training certificate for your career:
    • Find a job more easily
    • Be better recognized in your existing job
    • Advance more easily within an organization

    Benefits of ISO 27001 training for your career path

    Information security knowledge based on ISO 27001 can be very beneficial to professionals, because ISO 27001 is growing as a standard adopted by organizations worldwide. This means you can:

    Find a job more easily, since ISO 27001 provides qualifications for professionals to work in virtually any situation involving information security—and today, cybersecurity is a growing trend as well. This is also valid if you’re a consultant; you will find new clients more easily if you can demonstrate your competence with a certificate from a course.

    Be better recognized in your existing job, demonstrating that you are up to date with some of the most-used practices for planning, implementation, operation, control, and improvement of information security.

    Advance more easily within an organization, because with ISO 27001 knowledge, a professional can go for different specific fields, such as information security management or information security management assurance (i.e., auditing), or go deeper into the technical aspects (e.g., secure software development, communications security, etc.).

    How to get ISO 27001 knowledge

    To get ISO 27001 knowledge and skills, the most common alternatives are:

    • self-study: by reading ISO 27001 books, white papers or expert articles
    • working with seasoned professionals: either with independent consultants or with experts in the organization you work for
    • formal education: attending courses at universities
    • training: by attending in-house training or training given by training providers

    Because ISO 27001 requirements related to competencies define these and can be fulfilled by means of education, training, or experience, the choice for acquiring competencies will depend on your objectives and the needs of the industries you intend to work in.

    For additional information about personal certifications, read: How personal certificates can help your company’s ISMS.


    Which ISO 27001 trainings are available?

    There are several different ISO 27001 courses available, and you should choose what is most appropriate for your professional objectives:

    • ISO 27001 Foundations Course – this is where you learn the basics of the standard, probably the best way to start as a beginner.
    • ISO 27001 Internal Auditor Course – this is for professionals who want to perform internal audits.
    • ISO 27001 Lead Auditor Course – this is for professionals who want to work for certification bodies, as certification auditors, or for consultants who want to learn the criteria for company certification.
    • ISO 27001 Lead Implementer Course – this is for professionals who want to implement the standard in their own organizations or who want to become consultants.

    For more information about choosing an ISO 27001 training, read: How to choose the most appropriate training.

    Which training should I go for?

    ISO 27001 career: How to get started
    Because information security covers several fields of knowledge, you should first decide which ones to focus on, either to start on or to master them, and after that, consider the most relevant trainings and best practices related to those. For example:

    Field of Knowledge Typical Role Training related to relevant knowledge Rationale
    Secure software development Security Architect ISO 27001 Foundation Course By understanding the standard’s requirements, a security architect can identify and prioritize security features to be included in developed software.
    Security management system Security Consultant ISO 27001 Lead Implementer By understanding the implementation process, a consultant can be more efficient and effective, increasing his competitiveness.
    Secure software development Penetration Tester ISO 27001 Foundation Course By understanding the standard’s requirements, a security architect can identify and prioritize security features to be included in developed software.
    Security assurance Security Auditor ISO 27001 Internal Auditor Course By understanding the audit process, the security auditor can be more efficient and effective, better supporting the ISMS to fulfill its intended objectives and outcomes.
    Security assurance Security Auditor ISO 27001 Lead Auditor Course By qualifying as a Lead Auditor, a professional fulfills one of the requirements to become a certification auditor.
    Security management Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer By understanding the implementation process, the CISO can lead the process by himself, or be in a better position to evaluate and discuss implementation projects run by consultants.

    Invest wisely in your career

    The growing demand for security personnel is an opportunity for changing your career. To be prepared for the best positions, you should define which role you want to have in information security, choose how to obtain the necessary knowledge, and then systematically go with your learning process to reach your professional objectives.

    If you are still not convinced of the purpose and value of learning about information security, consider this: new threats, technologies, and methodologies will arise, and new skills will be required, and organizations will prioritize those professionals who have them. By investing in ISO 27001 courses, you will not only be starting an ISO 27001 career, but also showing organizations you are engaged, increasing your reputation and employability.

    To get started with ISO 27001 training, check out one of the freely available ISO 27001 online courses .

    Advisera Rhand Leal
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    Rhand Leal
    Rhand Leal has 10 years of experience in information security, and for 6 years he has continuously maintained а certified Information Security Management System based on ISO 27001. Rhand holds an MBA in Business Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Among his certifications are: ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and others. He is a member of the ISACA Brasília Chapter.