Skills for Security adds ISO 27001 instruction courses in bid to address information security threats

Skills for Security has introduced instruction on the ISO 27001 standard

Skills for Security has introduced instruction on the ISO 27001 standard

Skills for Security has introduced instruction on the ISO 27001 standard to its array of available training courses in a determined bid to confront the growing problem of information security threats faced by today’s businesses.

The Worcester-based skills body is delivering two courses: a one-day introduction to ISO 27001 Information Security Management and a two-day ISO 27001 implementation course. Both are configured to enable companies to train their staff and adopt a Best Practice approach to information security management across their business.

The greatest security threat faced by most companies today is not from outside attacks but from insider threats, either malicious or unintentional. Companies generally protect themselves pretty well from outside attacks such as spam or phishing e-mails, cyber attacks and hackers, but a report published by IBM earlier this year states that some of the biggest data breaches of the last 18 months are known to have been caused by insider threats, with 95% of insider breaches being the result of unintentional human error.

Insider threats from employees can vary in form. Accidental breaches may arise from posting sensitive information on a company’s website or via social media, sending information to the wrong party via e-mail, fax or mail or improperly disposing of clients’ sensitive records.

Even those employees with the best of intentions could lose information saved on a USB stick or inadvertently assist a determined cyber attack by clicking on a malicious link sent in a phishing e-mail when opening the communication on their smart phone.

There are many ways in which to lessen the risk or threats posed to a business. Reducing those risks associated with insider breaches, though, necessitates that staff awareness and training is essential. Employees are then fully aware of the potential security threats they face.

Legal, physical and technical controls

Skills for Security’s new ISO 27001 training course includes all legal, physical and technical controls involved in an organisation’s information risk management processes.

This one-day introduction will enable learners to comprehend the standard itself, help them to improve their management processes and procedures and prepare the business for growth across the board by dint of achieving ISO certification.

In tandem, the two-day implementation course enables learners to produce a high level project plan which identifies timescales, milestones and resource requirements for implementing a robust information security process. The course is aimed at those who are focused on compliance with and/or certification to the ISO 27001 benchmark.

Information security is a growing priority in most businesses. Both customers and suppliers need assurances that information security is taken seriously by organisations with whom they deal and that processes are in place to effectively and efficiently confront threats in the information security arena.

Examination success at state-of-the-art Training Centre

Apprentices at Skills for Security have received their examination results for 2015, with the skills body pointing towards the achievement of “exceptional” results.

Skills for Security is the largest deliverer of systems apprenticeships with nearly 200 learners. Its 2015 apprentices have achieved a 100% pass rate in Level 2 Electronic Principles, a 100% pass rate for Level 2 Working Safely and a 94% pass rate for Level 2 Intruder and Fire.

Level 3 apprentices also delivered “outstanding” results, with 90% passing Level 3 Electronic Principles and a further 93% of apprentices passing Level 3 Working Safely.

In addition, a huge percentage of apprentices received merits and distinctions. 84% of Level 2 Electronic Principles students received either a merit or distinction.

Nick Grewcock, training manager at Skills for Security, commented: “Skills for Security is delighted to announce the excellent examination results this year. The apprentices have worked really hard in all areas. The trainers and assessors are extremely proud of these results with a 100% pass rate in almost all areas on the Level 2 and Level 3 systems-based qualifications. Level 2 apprentice Matthew Terzza, for example, is really pleased with his results. His employer wants Matthew to progress to Level 3.”

Skills for Security opened its state-of-the-art Training Centre in the heart of Birmingham last September and is recording fantastic results with above national average success rates.

The new Training Centre has been a great success in allowing Skills for Security to deliver a range of courses to a greater number of learners and provide more personalised levels of support to suit individual learning needs.

There’s a fully-equipped Workshop which includes fire and security systems equipment from the top brands in the industry and two new IT suites housing the latest computers such that Skills for Security can deliver the highest specification of cyber security-focused training.

Grewcock continued: “Our Training Centre is going from strength to strength. We’ve taken on board many suggestions from learners to enhance their learning experience. We’re able to deliver high quality training in a way that benefits both the learners and their employers. Over the coming year we’ll be adding additional qualifications and short courses.”

*If your business is looking for an apprentice or additional training for security staff, contact Skills for Security via e-mail at: info@skillsforsecurity.org.uk. Alternatively, telephone 01905 744000 for more details

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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