ISO27001 competence crucial for effective transition to the 2013 version of the information security standard


IT Governance, the global leader in ISO27001 books, tools, training and consultancy, has announced that it is hosting the ISO27001 2013 Certified ISMS Transition Online Course on 10 April to help organisations accelerate transitioning to the 2013 version of the information security standard ISO27001. reported that a statement on the United Kingdom's Accreditation Service (UKAS) confirmed that as of 1 January 2014, all Certification Bodies will be assessed according to the ISO 27001:2013 standard. ISO 27001:2005 remains valid, 'subject to successful surveillance' visits, until transition has been achieved by the particular Certification Body. Certification Bodies will however, once they have successfully transitioned, be expected to carry out audits against the new standard (ISO 27001:2013) at the next scheduled audit visit of their clients, where possible.
For organisations working towards certification, the above statement could mean that they will be reviewed against the ISO 27001:2013 requirements as soon as their certification body has been accredited by UKAS. Organisations holding ISO27001:2005 will be wise to prepare now if their next surveillance visit is to be carried out against the new standard.
ISO 27001:2013 places much stronger emphasis on competence. Clause 7.2 of the standard requires that organisations ensure they have the necessary support for their ISMS by acquiring the relevant competent individuals. The standard indicates that the necessary competence must be identified and acquired in order to support the requirements of the ISMS. This could be done by training your staff, or also by outsourcing certain activities to skilled professionals.

IT Governance is hosting the ISO27001 2013 Certified ISMS Transition Online Course on 10 April. The live online course with information security and ISO27001 guru, Alan Calder, will provide delegates with essential knowledge on the changes posed by the new ISO27001:2013 standard and show them how to update and maintain their existing ISMS so they will be prepared for their first surveillance visit against ISO 27001:2013.

Delegates who successfully complete this one-day advanced level course and exam will be awarded the ISO27001 2013 Certified ISMS Upgrade (CIS 2013 UP) qualification issued by the International Board for IT Governance Qualifications (IBITGQ).

The course can be booked online here:
For delegates interested in booking on more than one course, or organisations looking to book employees on different courses, IT Governance offers the 3-Course Training Passport which enables savings up to 30% on booking fees and has to be purchased courses before the 28th March 2014:
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