Hey there, fellow readers! Today, I want to share with you my amazing experience with the ISO27001 Implementer training offered by ALC Training. Picture this: I was working for a company that had their sights set on ISO27001 certification, and they generously sponsored my attendance for this five-day online training from Monday to Friday. Let me tell you, it was a week packed with knowledge, insights, and some pretty impressive individuals. So, let’s dive in and explore the details!
The Instructor Extraordinaire
First things first, let me introduce you to our instructor, Garry Barnes. This guy had more years of experience under his belt than my current age! Talk about an expert. Garry’s attention to detail was absolutely incredible. He left no stone unturned as he walked us through the intricacies of ISO27001 implementation. Real-world examples, practical insights—you name it, he covered it. It was like having a Jedi master guiding us through the information security galaxy.
Interactive Learning at its Finest
Now, here’s what made the training truly exceptional: the interactive nature of the course. Garry was all about engaging with us and making sure we were actively participating. He constantly asked questions, sought our input, and encouraged discussions. And let me tell you, the attendees were no ordinary bunch. They were all senior to me, with 5-15 years of experience in their respective fields. We had CISOs, leaders of CISA chapters, and consultants from big-name firms like Cybercx and UNSW. The wealth of knowledge in that virtual room was mind-blowing. Being the junior member of the group, I couldn’t have asked for a better learning environment.
A Crash Course in ISO27001 Implementation
Alright, let’s talk content. The training covered practically every concept you could think of when it comes to ISO27001 implementation. Risk assessment, policy development, documentation, internal auditing, continuous improvement—you name it, we tackled it. The course was meticulously structured, taking us step-by-step through the standard. By the end of those five days, I felt like a walking ISO27001 encyclopedia. The training equipped me with the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective contributor to my organization’s certification journey.
The Quest for Hands-On Experience
Now, here’s the only thing I wished we had more of: a hands-on approach. Unfortunately, due to the limited time frame, we couldn’t dive deep into practical exercises. But imagine this—what if the training had been extended to six days? On that final day, we could have rolled up our sleeves and worked on a demo uncertified company. We could have discussed, step by step, how to make it certified, covering all the essential stages. I’m telling you, that would have been the cherry on top! It would have given us a chance to put our newfound knowledge to the test and gain confidence in implementing ISO27001.
Now, here’s the exciting part. After completing the training, I had the opportunity to put my newfound knowledge to the test by taking the ISO27001 Implementer certification exam. Two weeks of intense preparation paid off, as I successfully passed the exam! I was over the moon with joy. The certification validated my understanding and expertise in ISO27001 implementation.
I was awarded the ISO27001 Implementer certificate. It was a moment of pride and accomplishment. Though I didn’t have the required five years of experience for the Lead Implementer certificate, earning the Implementer certification was a significant milestone in my professional journey. It solidified my capabilities and positioned me as a valuable contributor to information security initiatives within my organization.
So, my friends, that’s my incredible journey with the ISO27001 Implementer training by ALC Training. Garry Barnes, the instructor took us on an information security adventure like no other. The interactive nature of the course, combined with the experience and expertise of the participants, created a dynamic learning environment. Sure, we missed out on some hands-on experience, but the comprehensive coverage of the standard made up for it.