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ISO 27001 Lead Auditor: The Need Of The Hour

Anita Adiraj

Anita Adiraj

Last updated 21/07/2021

ISO 27001 Lead Auditor: The Need Of The Hour

Let us tell you a story today.

A person was keeping his belongings safe by putting them inside a cupboard and placing a lock on it.

At the same time, his neighbor was putting his valuable belonging in a vault secured by digital locks on them which can be opened only with a password. When he was implementing that digital lock, the 1st guy secretly laughed at him. Because he thought it was stupid to waste so much money whereas they were staying in such a lovely and safe locality.

Suddenly, one day some thieves broke into both the houses while they were away. Guess whose belonging got stolen while wiping the laughter off his face at that time!

The same thing can happen to your organization as well! You feel that all the confidential information about one particular project of yours is secure and before you know, it has been hacked and shared with your competitors.

But, how can you put some digital lock on your information?

Simple! You can get an ISO certification to do that!

In this blog, we are going to tell you which ISO certification can be beneficial for your organization as well as your personal growth. Don’t forget to leave a comment below with your inputs after you finish reading this!

ISO enables organizations to prove the best practices in Information Security Management. The adoption of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) is a strategic decision driving the coordination of operational security controls across all of the organizations’ electronic and physical information sources. ISO specifically aims for that.

ISO 27001 was built re-released in the year of 2013, clarifying most of the basic concepts of achieving ISMS.  Over the past few years, it has been internationally recognized and welcomed by various corporate sectors broadly.

What does it say exactly? Let’s have a look into it!

What is ISO 27001?

ISO 27001 is basically a specification of the ISMS framework. ISMS framework is a set of processes and procedure which accelerates the risk management system of any organization.

According to the joint ISO and IEC publication’s documentation, ISO 27001 was developed to provide a model for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, and improving an Information Security Management System.

We know that most organizations have a number of information security controls. Without an information security management system, controls tend to be somewhat disorganized and disjointed as it is often implemented as point solutions to specific situations.


ISO 27001 requirements for the management:

  • Systematically examine the organization's information security risks, taking account of the threats, vulnerabilities, and impacts;
  • Design and implement a coherent and comprehensive suite of information security controls and/or other forms of risk treatment (such as risk avoidance or risk transfer) to address those risks that are deemed unacceptable; and
  • Adopt an overarching management process to ensure that the information security controls continue to meet the organization's information security needs on an ongoing basis.
The main factors of ISO 27001 to achieve a well-polished Information Security Management System are:
  1. Scope of the standard
  2. How the document is referenced
  3. Reuse of the terms and definitions in ISO/IEC 27000
  4. Organizational context and stakeholders
  5. Information security leadership and high-level support for policy
  6. Planning an information security management system; risk assessment; risk treatment
  7. Supporting an information security management system
  8. Making an information security management system operational
  9. Reviewing the system's performance
  10. Corrective action

By now you must have understood, how important it is to have the ISO 27001 certification to understand all the points mentioned above.

But you also must be wondering, how can an ISO certification be beneficial for your personal growth?

We have prepared a huge list for you about that as well!


Why ISO 27001 Certification Is Important?

Securing their information with ISO 27001 will show any organization’s customers that their information is secure with them. In some industries, companies don’t even select their IT partners who do not have ISO 27001 implementation in their organizations. When it comes to federal or government’s data-related contracts, this becomes a requirement.

Once you are a certified ISO 27001 professional, you will be able to control:

  • Cybercrime
  • Data Vandalism
  • Errors related to integration with unprotected partnership and warehouses
  • Internal data theft
  • Loss of data due to misuse
  • Misuse of information
  • Network breaches through third-party connectivity
  • Personal data breaches
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Theft
  • Viral Attacks

Aren’t you feeling like some modern age techno-cool Sherlock Holms already?

ISO 27001 Certifications


When it comes to ISO 27001, there are two courses you can opt for which will help you to accelerate your career like a rocket. 


ISO/IEC 27001 Foundation

ISO/IEC 27001 Foundation training and certification is especially for project managers and aspiring project managers. By passing this certification, you will be able to:

  • Understand the relationships between the roles, management products, principles, themes, techniques and processes
  • Be able to apply the principles, themes, and processes to a project
  • Be able to create and assess management products


ISO 27001 Lead Auditor

Most publicly traded corporations typically have an internal auditing department, led by a Chief Audit Executive ("CAE"), with lead internal auditors managing small teams of internal auditors for one audit engagement. The lead auditor is a position between the senior auditor and head of the division.

In public accounting firms, a lead auditor for an audit engagement is usually chosen from the senior auditors.

The certified lead auditor designation is a professional certification for audit team leaders working for certification bodies or performing supplier audits for large organizations. Lead auditor certification requires tertiary education plus two years of work experience as an auditor or lead auditor in training.

Lead Auditor courses require some prerequisite knowledge of  ISO 27001.

The main ISO/IEC 27001 certification follows these designations:
  • Provisional ISMS Auditor
  • ISMS Auditor/Internal Auditor
  • Lead ISMS Auditor

Career After ISO 27001 Certification

As you can understand by the pieces of information we shared above, IT firms nowadays are looking out for employees who have the ISO 27001 certification.

According to, an employee with a Lead Auditor Certification in ISO 27001 an average of 32.1% more than the national average in India.

In US, an entry-level ISO Lead Auditor with less than 1-year experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $55,000. An early career ISO Lead Auditor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,780. A mid-career ISO Lead Auditor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $63,790. An experienced ISO Lead Auditor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $79,705. In their late-career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $83,055.


With the increasing rate of data hacking, cybercrime, data vandalism, and information leakage around, internal security management has become the need of the hour. And with the ISO 27001 certification, you will have the authority to control the entire risk management system on your fingertips. So, do you want to protect your information realm with ISO 27001 as a weapon in your hand?

We are sure that you do!

Click here to gather some more information about the certifications, and if you are still not satisfied, leave us a comment below with your queries!

Also, wait for us to bring back some more exciting certification stories! Will you?

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She is the most experienced person in our writer?s forum. Her write-ups about IT Service Management have been the favorite ones of our readers in the past years. Amruta has worked closely with a lot of big farms and showed them how to utilize the ITIL framework to an organization?s supply chain management fruitfully. Her work areas mainly include ITIL Consulting & Implementation, GAP Analysis, ISO Audits, Process/Service Improvement Using Lean Six Sigma, Process Definition, Implementation & Compliance, Process Hygiene (ISO 20000), Quality Assurance & Program Governance.



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