ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Lead Auditor


5 Days


Employees of federal, state and local governments; and businesses working with the government.

Course Description:

This five-day intensive course enables participants to develop the expertise needed to audit an Information Security Management System (ISMS) and to manage a team of auditors by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques.
During this training, the participant will acquire the skills and knowledge needed to proficiently plan and perform audits compliant with the certification process of the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 standard. Based on practical exercises, the participant will develop the abilities (mastering audit techniques) and skills (managing audit teams and audit program, communicating with customers, conflict resolution, etc.) necessary to the efficient conducting of an audit.


  • Auditor wanting to perform and lead an Information Security Management System (ISMS) audit
  • Project manager or consultant wanting to master the Information Security Management System audit process
  • Person responsible for the Information security or conformity in an organization
  • Member of the information security team
  • Expert advisor in information technology
  • Technical expert wanting to prepare for an Information security audit function
  • Learning Objectives:
  • Acquiring the expertise to perform an ISMS audit as specified by ISO/IEC 27000:2005
  • Acquiring the expertise necessary to manage an ISMS audit team
  • Understanding the application of the information security management system in the ISO/IEC 27000:2005 context
  • Understand the relationship between an Information Security Management System, including risk management and controls and compliance with the requirements of different stakeholders of the organization
  • Improve the ability to analyze the internal and external environment of an organization, risk assessment and audit decision-making in the context of an ISMS

Case Study:

  • Scenario driven learning is essential to mastering the content taught during the training. This training includes a real life case study and assignments to:
  • Provide applicable situations and cases
  • Present a real world connect using situations that can happen in the day to day life of participants
  • Perform an audit of an ISMS with a team


ISO 27001 Foundation Certification or basic knowledge of ISO 27001 is recommended
Participants are required to purchase a copy of the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Standard from

Upon passing the Lead Auditor Exam, the candidate can get registered with PECB to become:

  • A Provisional Auditor – Required: No experience required
  • An Auditor – Required: 2 years of professional experience, 1 year of information security experience, audit activities totalling 200 hours
  • A Lead Auditor – Required: 5 years of professional experience, 2 years of information security experience, audit activities totalling 300 hours

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Course Material:

Participants receive:

  • A copy of the classroom presentation material
  • A study handbook containing information and practical examples

About the Examination:

The exam covers the following competence domains:

  • Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of information security
  • Domain 2: Information Security Management System (ISMS)
  • Domain 3: Fundamental audit concepts and principles
  • Domain 4: Preparation of an ISO 27001 audit
  • Domain 5: Conducting an ISO 27001 audit
  • Domain 6: Closing an ISO 27001 audit
  • Domain 7: Managing an ISO 27001 audit program

The paper-based exam consists of 12 essay-type questions

Open book: Participants may use all PECB provided documentation plus their own course notes, but will not be permitted to use any computer, laptop or any other electronic device.

A minimum score of 70% is required to pass the exam

The exam lasts 180 minutes

After successfully completing the exam, participants can apply for the credentials of Certified ISO/IEC 27001 Provisional Auditor, Certified ISO/IEC 27001 Auditor or Certified ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor depending on their level of experience. Those credentials are available for internal and external auditors
A certificate will be issued to participants who successfully pass the exam and comply with all the other requirements related to the selected credential


Day 1: Introduction to Information Security Management System (ISMS) concepts as required by ISO 27001

  • Normative, regulatory and legal framework related to information security
  • Fundamental principles of information security
  • ISO 27001 certification process
  • Information Security Management System (ISMS)
  • Detailed presentation of the clauses 4 to 8 of ISO27001

Day 2: Planning and Initiating an ISO 27001 audit

  • Fundamental audit concepts and principles
  • Audit approach based on evidence and on risk
  • Preparation of an ISO 27001 certification audit
  • ISMS documentation audit
  • Conducting an opening meeting

Day 3: Conducting an ISO 27001 audit

  • Communication during the audit
  • Audit procedures: observation, document review, interview, sampling techniques, technical verification, corroboration and evaluation
  • Audit test plans
  • Formulation of audit findings
  • Documentating nonconformities

Day 4: Concluding and ensuring the follow-up of an ISO 27001 audit

  • Audit documentation
  • Quality review
  • Conducting a closing meeting and conclusion of an ISO 27001 audit
  • Evaluation of corrective action plans
  • ISO 27001 Surveillance audit
  • Internal audit management program

Day 5: Certification Exam