If you’re looking for a way to stand out in the information security industry, an ISO 27001 qualification may be the perfect solution.
The Standard sets out the specifications for an ISMS (information security management system), helping organizations manage the security of their information assets.
What makes ISO 27001 so valuable is that, although it recognizes that technological defenses are essential, they will be of minimal use if staff don’t understand their security responsibilities.
Having someone who understands the human and technical aspects of information security is hugely beneficial. Let’s take a look at the reasons ISO 27001 training can help.
You will help reduce the risk of data breaches
The average cost of a data breach is $3.86 million, according to Ponemon Institute’s Cost of a Data Breach Report 2020 – so there is clearly a lot at stake when it comes to information security.
The mistakes that cause data breaches can almost always be mitigated through planning and diligence. We don’t just mean staff making costly errors, such as emailing an attachment to the wrong person or falling for phishing scams.
There are also errors that the organization isn’t even aware of – whether it’s gaps in its policies, ineffective processes, or a lack of proper technological defenses.
By gaining an understanding of ISO 27001 – even if your organization chooses not to certify against its requirements – you will be in a better position to recognize these shortcomings and take corrective action.
Indeed, Annex A of the Standard contains 114 controls that can be used to address a wide variety of security issues.
Likewise, its risk assessment methodology helps you understand the right time to apply controls and when you would be better off avoiding the risk, transferring it to a third party, or simply accepting it due to the low level of risk involved.
You will improve your career prospects
ISO 27001 training gives you the opportunity to gain new skills and more advanced qualifications, which will help you move into more senior roles.
It’s becoming increasingly hard for employers to find qualified information security professionals, because the demand far exceeds the supply.
In fact, one report found that there will be 3.5 million unfilled jobs in the information security sector by 2021.
In such a competitive environment, job candidates can command a higher salary and more benefits. According to Payscale, employees who list ISO 27001 among their skills and experience earn more than $100,000 a year on average.
How you can get started
IT Governance USA offers several training courses to help you understand ISO 27001 and gain professional qualifications.
Those looking for an introduction to the Standard and how it can be applied to their organization should take a look at our Certified ISO 27001 ISMS Foundation Training Course.
Designed by the team that led the world’s first ISO 27001 implementation project, this one-day course is an ideal primer on the technical aspects of the Standard.
If you want to gain more advanced qualifications, take a look at our other courses: