Code Checker to Security Architect: Why Software Testers Need the ISO/IEC 27001:2022 Qualification
As the digital landscape evolves, the high levels of software usage begin to define the world we live in, with the growth in demand from businesses aiming to integrate software into their operational processes to increase productivity and reduce costs. Similar reasons are seen in households where software is used to streamline living, create comfort and convenience but most of all for entertainment.
The Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) includes a key process, software testing. To execute manual or automated software testing, a qualified software tester is required. These professionals are responsible for ensuring that software is effectively engineered to meet the needs of the customers and stakeholders.
A career path in this field offers many benefits like competitive salaries, career growth, a flexible working environment, job security, and an opportunity to expand into diverse and related industries. The opportunities to develop a career are endless, and the options depend on you!
The International Board for IT Governance Qualifications
The IBITGQ was established over 12 years ago, developing and offering specific, specialised qualifications. Among these qualifications, ISO/IEC 27001 ISMS was first-to-market, developed by SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) to certify professionals to internationally recognised standards.
Renowned for certifying practitioners in the sectors of IT governance, information security, cyber security, and privacy the IBITGQ qualifications equip people with not only theoretical knowledge but also practical capabilities to identify and respond to information security, cyber security, and data privacy threats. Earning a reputation as the 'practitioner's certification.'
The ISO/IEC 27001:2022 Information Security Management Systems is an internationally recognised standard for information security and management systems. ISO27001 is designed for all businesses and forms a guide for developing, implementing, maintaining, and improving an information security management system.
Information and cyber security threats have not been confined by industry, size, or type of operations and ISO/IEC 27001 compliance requires certified staff. Employment or upskilling of these professionals displays a commitment to information security, cyber security, and privacy. This regulation ensures that individuals can identify and respond to risks and vulnerabilities through the implementation of the standard best practices and principles. This ensures that the information owned, stored, and processed by an organisation is secure by protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information.
ISO/IEC 27001 examines an organisation's people, policies, technologies, and existing and future processes. The integrated framework provides a foundation for risk management, information defence, and operational control.
What is the value of an ISO/IEC 27001: 2022 qualification for software testers?
The ISO/IEC 27001 ISMS qualifications from IBITGQ are shaped to equip information and cyber security professionals with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to understand and implement effective information security controls.
But how can this benefit software testers?
Ongoing regulatory developments such as the EU's Cyber Resilience Act, may soon see information security frameworks enforced into the manufacturing phase of products and software that contain digital components ensuring secure conditions of the SDLC. ISO/IEC 27001:2022 ISMS framework encompasses security controls for an effective and secure SDLC. Annex 8 of the framework details core practices and principles such as securing a development life cycle, application systems requirements, securing system architecture, securing engineering principles, and security testing in the development and acceptance stages.
Although software testing is only a component of the SDLC, the implementation of ISO/IEC 27001:2022 ISMS asserts a software tester's ability to think beyond a singular process but the entire SDLC. As technology evolves, information systems expand and become complex, this qualification will assist software testers to navigate an intricate information security space especially as controls become mandatory. These mandatory requirements often increase demand for professionals in specialised areas such as information security. As software testers align skills and knowledge to specialised categories of learning it will be beneficial as the demand increases and skills gaps become more apparent.
Broadening the understanding of an intricate landscape and implementing more secure processes will assist the functions of software testers by providing more control throughout the entire process. The SDLC is challenged by incorrect measures, informal controls, and a lack of resources which all affect the output of software testing and the formation of an effectively engineered product. The implementation of the ISO/IEC 27001:2022 ISMS framework will ensure that processes are secure, resulting in increased control requirements that need to be validated before actioned standards that will provide a measure of progress and justification for resources in areas of the SDLC that are lacking and may affect the outcome of the software product.
ISO/IEC 27001:2022 ISMS qualifications cover a range of learnings from foundational to expert, achieving a qualification could establish a software tester as either knowledgeable or an expert in information security management systems. Establishing a status in a highly specialized field, particularly within the SDLC could provide an opportunity for career advancement, being qualified as a software tester and information security professional will open doors to new roles and responsibilities, leading to stronger job security and possibly higher earning potential.
Investing in the ISO/IEC 27001:2022 qualification isn't just a resume booster; it's a strategic leap that catapults your software testing beyond mere code checks and into the realm of SDLC security architecture. This coveted credential equips you with the expertise to transform from a cog in the wheel to a trusted guardian of data and a future-proofed maestro of secure software development.
Imagine the possibilities:
- Riding the information security wave: As regulations tighten, organizations will crave your expertise, making you a highly sought-after SDLC security champion.
- Job security fortified: Your mastery of information security management systems makes you an invaluable asset, strengthening your position and shielding you from potential layoffs.
- Shattering career ceilings: This qualification unlocks doors to new roles and responsibilities, propelling you towards leadership positions and higher earning potential.
- SDLC with a panoramic vision: The ISO/IEC 27001:2022 framework grants you a security-tinted lens to view the entire SDLC, empowering you to identify and address vulnerabilities comprehensively.
- Laser-focused testing: Implement secure processes throughout the SDLC, leading to more efficient and effective testing that delivers demonstrably higher quality software.
The ISO/IEC 27001:2022 qualification isn't just a technical upgrade; it's a transformation. It's your key to becoming a trusted data protector, a strategic security architect, and a maestro of the futureproof SDLC. So, why settle for being a code checker when you can become the hero who secures the very fabric of our digital world?
The steps to achieving ISO/IEC 27001:2022 qualifications from IBITGQ
IBITGQ is accredited to award ISO/IEC 27001: 2022 qualifications. Participants have the choice of enrolling in a training course conducted by a training organisation which leads to the IBITGQ examination or if they possess the required practical and theoretical knowledge and credentials may partake in the examination supplied through an examination provider such as GASQ.
IBITGQ's ISO/IEC 27001:2022 qualifications range from basic, foundational understanding to that of advanced Lead Auditors and Implementers. Qualifications include the following:
- ISO/IEC 27001:2022 Certified ISMS Foundation
- ISO/IEC 27001:2022 Certified ISMS Lead Implementer
- ISO/IEC 27001:2022 Certified ISMS Lead Auditor
- ISO/IEC 27001:2022 Certified ISMS Internal Auditor
- ISO/IEC 27001:2022 Certified ISMS Transition.
ISO/IEC 27001:2022 Certified ISMS Lead Implementer and ISO/IEC 27001:2022 Certified ISMS Lead Auditor comply with ISO/IEC 17024:2012, achieving this accreditation through the International Accreditation Services. ISO/IEC 17024:2012 is regarded as the gold standard for IT qualifications and specifies that accredited examination bodies meet the global industry standards, are consistent, are internationally comparable, possess the required knowledge and experience, and are validated to ensure recognition by employers and peers.