ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor

ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor training enables you to develop the necessary expertise to perform an Information Security Management System (ISMS) audit by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques.

Course description:

During this training course, you will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to plan and carry out internal and external audits in compliance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021-1 certification process.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the operations of an Information Security Management System based on ISO/IEC 27001
  • Acknowledge the correlation between ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 27002 and other standards and regulatory frameworks
  • Understand an auditor’s role to: plan, lead and follow-up on a management system audit in accordance with ISO 19011
  • Learn how to lead an audit and audit team
  • Learn how to interpret the requirements of ISO/IEC 27001 in the context of an ISMS audit
  • Acquire the competencies of an auditor to: plan an audit, lead an audit, draft reports, and follow-up on an audit in
  • compliance with ISO 19011


  • Auditors seeking to perform and lead Information Security Management System (ISMS) certification audits
  • Managers or consultants seeking to master an Information Security Management System audit process
  • Individuals responsible for maintaining conformance with Information Security Management System requirements
  • Technical experts seeking to prepare for an Information Security Management System audit
  • Expert advisors in Information Security Management


A fundamental understanding of ISO/IEC 27001 and comprehensive knowledge of audit principles.

Course outline:

  • Introduction to Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) and ISO/IEC 27001

    1. Course objectives and structure
    2. Standards and regulatory frameworks
    3. Certification process
    4. Fundamental principles of Information Security Management Systems
    5. Information Security Management Systems (ISMS)
  • Audit principles, preparation and launching of an audit

    1. Fundamental audit concepts and principles
    2. Evidence based audit approach
    3. Initiating the audit
    4. Stage 1 audit
    5. Preparing the stage 2 audit (on-site audit)
    6. Stage 2 audit (Part 1)
  • On-site audit activities

    1. Stage 2 audit (Part 2)
    2. Communication during the audit
    3. Audit procedures
    4. Creating audit test plans
    5. Drafting audit findings and non-conformity reports
  • Closing the audit

    1. Documentation of the audit and the auditquality review
    2. Closing the audit
    3. Evaluating action plans by the auditor
    4. Benefits of the initial audit
    5. Managing an internal audit program
    6. Competence and evaluation of auditors
  • Certification Exam

    1. Preparation for exam
    2. Exam
    • The exam duration is three (3) hours. Non-native speakers receive an additional half an hour.
    • The exam contains essay type questions.

    As the exam is “open book”, candidates are authorized to use:

    • A copy of the standard
    • Course notes from the Participant Handout;
    • Any personal notes made by the student during the course; and
    • A hard copy dictionary

    Examination rules and policies

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