The Ultimate ISO 27001 Toolkit For Guaranteed Certification

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I’m Stuart Barker: Information security specialist, founder of High Table, and ISO 27001 Ninja. This is a personal shoutout to small businesses or budding consultants in the information security space who want to implement ISO 27001 and get their certification, but are put off by the time it takes and the amount it costs. 

This will be a game changer for you.

Want to get ISO 27001 certified quickly and affordably? Read on.


This article isn’t about blowing smoke up my own a*se for being one of the most qualified ISO 27001 experts in the industry (even though that’s bang on). It’s about sharing over 25 years of valuable knowledge and experience with small businesses like yours, to make ISO 27001 accessible.

I’ve been in your shoes. I want to bust the ISO 27001 myths, expose the industry secrets, and help you get to where you want to be. Think of it as ISO 27001 advice, on the house.

ISO 27001 truth bombs

  1. Hiring a consultant or an online ISMS platform to get you certified will cost you a fortune.
  2. Trying to fumble through the certification process yourself, without any guidance will take you months, or even years.

ISO 27001 Certification Made Easy

I’ve created a DIY ISO 27001 Toolkit that will get you certified 10x faster and 30x cheaper. I know what you’re thinking, “but you just said trying to tackle the certification process yourself will take forever!”. 

Not if you take the High Table certification route. By following this toolkit, you won’t be going it alone, and you’ll have access to all the expert advice you could possibly need. And, it’s that good, I’ll guarantee your certification – or you can have your money back.


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ISO 27001 Toolkit Business Edition

What is ISO 27001?

If you’ve been searching Google for an easier, cheaper way to get accredited, then you’re likely to know what ISO 27001 is. But, just to clarify, it’s the leading international standard for information security. Simply, it’s a set of guidelines and best practices required to create, maintain, and continually develop an effective information security management system (ISMS).

An ISMS is a structure of policies, procedures and controls designed to monitor and protect your organisation’s sensitive information via effective risk management.

An ISMS guarantees the confidentialityintegrity, and availability of information by identifying and mitigating security risks within organisations.

What is ISO 27001 certification?

ISO 27001 certification is an independent verification that confirms that your organisation’s management system meets the standard.

An accredited body conducts an audit of your company’s ISMS. Here, they ensure that the correct risk assessments, policies and controls are being implemented and continually developed. If all requirements are met and are in compliance with the international standard, your certificate is issued, and a whole new level of potential is unlocked.

Do you need ISO 27001 certification?

Does your organisation handle personal information, financial data or intellectual property? Then hell YES you do! Especially if you want to impress your existing and potential clients by showing them that you mean business when it comes to information security.

Does ISO 27001 certification only apply to big businesses?

The size of your organisation does not matter when it comes to getting certified. You could be a one-man-band trying to win a significant client, or a small start-up desperate to bid for a lucrative tender, whatever your situation – clients and stakeholders need assurance that their information is safe.

Most organisations expect suppliers to be certified these days, so, if you’re not, it could be game over for your business. Certification is your information security badge of honour. Without it, you’re missing the opportunity to showcase your commitment to protecting your clients’ information, and you could find yourself missing out on business altogether.

What are the benefits of ISO 27001 certification?

Getting certified doesn’t just benefit your customers, it’s a no-brainer decision for your business, too. Here’s why:

  • It can help you win bigger, meatier clients – who doesn’t want that?
  • It can help you hold onto existing business
  • Many of the ISO 27001 conditions also satisfy GDPR and data protection requirements, which will show regulatory bodies you mean business when it comes to risk management
  • ISO 27001 accreditation will help you build and maintain a sound reputation
  • Data breeches are expensive – ISO 27001 will keep you on the right side of the law
  • Implementing IS0 27001 will help you streamline your processes

Can you really DIY your ISO 27001 certification?

Yes. You. Can.

Some money-grabbing consultants and ISMS portals would have you believing otherwise, but it’s perfectly possible to do it yourself. 

The hard way to DIY your certificate

To achieve accreditation, there’s a strict process to follow. You’ll need to demonstrate to the auditors that your ISMS is in great shape and fully complies with the standard.

Be prepared to document EVERYTHING!

Ready to put in some serious effort? 

  1. Identify the information assets that need protection and the processes that need to be included in the Information Security Management System (ISMS).
  2. Identify the risks to the information assets and evaluate their impact. This helps to prioritise which risks to address first and what controls to implement.
  3. Once the controls have been identified, your organisation needs to implement them.
  4. Conduct internal audits to make sure that your ISMS is operating properly and meets the standard.
  5. Conduct a management review of the ISMS to make sure it’s meeting your organisation’s goals and objectives.
  6. An external certification body will perform an audit to determine whether your ISMS meets the ISO 27001 standard. If it does, certificate granted. Done and dusted.

The easy way to DIY your certificate

Download the High Table ISO 27001 Toolkit that I created with your business in mind. I’ve done the heavy-lifting so you don’t have to. I’m good like that.


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ISO 27001 Toolkit Business Edition

What is an ISO 27001 Document Toolkit?

An ISO 27001 toolkit is a collection of resources and templates that help businesses implement and manage an information security management system (ISMS) in line with the ISO/IEC 27001 standard. It contains documents, policies, procedures, and checklists that can be customised to fit individual business needs. The toolkit aims to simplify the process of meeting requirements and achieving compliance.

Why choose the High Table Toolkit?

Here’s why you should use this toolkit to nail your accreditation:

  • We guarantee your certification.
  • We won’t overcharge you or drag the process out like some ISMS platforms and consultants.
  • We don’t charge subscription fees like online ISMS portals.
  • We’ll let you in on the secrets the industry doesn’t want you to know about.
  • You won’t find a YouTube channel bursting with free ISO 27001 guidance and helpful advice anywhere else.
  • You’re dealing with genuine people, not corporate robots! We’re honest, upfront and fun to work with.
  • Oh, and just in case you were wondering, we’re 100% UKAS ISO 27001 certified. (It’d be slightly awkward if we weren’t.)

How can High Table guarantee your certification?

Because I’m the ISO 27001 Ninja. So far, High Table have helped almost 4000 organisations get accredited. I’ve lived and breathed the process, I could recite the standard’s requirements in my sleep, and most of all, I’ve written an entire toolkit on how to successfully get your certificate. As the fastest-growing ISO 27001 company globally – I must be doing something right!

What’s included with the High Table ISO 27001 toolkit?

Designed for savvy businesses like yours, this time-and-money-saving ISO 27001 Toolkit will:

  1. Save you months of stress trying to navigate accreditation without expert guidance.
  2. Stop you being duped into paying inflated fees to rip-off consultants or online ISMS platforms who will drag the process out to keep you spending.
  3. Shortcut you to accreditation.

What you’ll get from the High Table ISO 27001 Toolkit

  • The tools to successfully DIY your certification 30x cheaper and 10x faster – genius indeed.
  • Every ISO 27001 policy, template and document you’ll ever need.
  • Access to easy-to-digest step-by-step guides, video walkthroughs and implementation guides crafted by yours truly – this alone will change the way you think about ISO 27001.
  • Fully-compliant versions of the standard (including the 2022 update).
  • A lifetime of updates, new ISO 27001 templates and changes to the standards – now that’s what you call value!
  • Zero subscriptions and no annual fees – because we don’t charge for the sake of it.
  • Your time back! This toolkit will save you months of soul-destroying work. You are very welcome, my friend.

Comply with the ISO 27001 standard without breaking the bank

When I see ISMS portals charging ongoing subscription fees, and dodgy consultants overcharging small businesses to get them certified, it doesn’t sit right with me. That’s why I designed a failsafe product at an affordable price. I’m here to give small businesses the tools and the opportunity to compete with the big dogs. With High Table, getting your hands on that life-changing certificate is completely achievable. And if you get a little lost along the way, I include a free strategy call with every toolkit sold.

Companies that have achieved certification with our toolkit

Don’t just take it from the horse’s mouth…

“High Table’s documents are well thought out, up to date and readable.”

John Gamble, CEO, UBind

“The High Table Toolkit for ISO 27001 and support from Stuart Barker has been an essential part of our route to certification. It is really focused on the best and proven way of working. Highly recommended.” 

Peter Hayes, Sincura Group

“I want to endorse High Table and Stuart on the amazing work to get us ISO 27001 certified. We are DIFF, an SAP consulting firm based out of the US and with the help of Stuart’s ISO 27001 toolkit and his expert guidance were able to get ISO 27001 painlessly and for much less than we expected in under 3 months. I highly recommend him and his company.”

Diego Dora, Diff LCC

Your ultimate guide to first-time ISO 27001 success

Hopefully, I’ve given you an honest insight into how this toolkit can offer you a shortcut to success. I’ve designed it specifically to help small businesses and consultants to achieve accreditation, with minimal effort. 

If you want to save time and money, this is your ISO 27001 solution.

ISO 27001:2022 requirements

Organisational Controls - A5

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.1 Policies for information security

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.2 Information Security Roles and Responsibilities

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.3 Segregation of duties

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.4 Management responsibilities

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.5 Contact with authorities

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.6 Contact with special interest groups

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.7 Threat intelligence – new

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.8 Information security in project management

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.9 Inventory of information and other associated assets – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.10 Acceptable use of information and other associated assets – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.11 Return of assets

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.11 Return of assets

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.13 Labelling of information

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.14 Information transfer

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.15 Access control

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.16 Identity management

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.17 Authentication information – new

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.18 Access rights – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.19 Information security in supplier relationships

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.20 Addressing information security within supplier agreements

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.21 Managing information security in the ICT supply chain – new

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.22 Monitoring, review and change management of supplier services – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.23 Information security for use of cloud services – new

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.24 Information security incident management planning and preparation – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.25 Assessment and decision on information security events 

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.26 Response to information security incidents

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.27 Learning from information security incidents

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.28 Collection of evidence

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.29 Information security during disruption – change

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.31 Identification of legal, statutory, regulatory and contractual requirements

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.32 Intellectual property rights

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.33 Protection of records

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.34 Privacy and protection of PII

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.35 Independent review of information security

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.36 Compliance with policies and standards for information security

ISO 27001 Annex A 5.37 Documented operating procedures 

Technology Controls - A8

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.1 User Endpoint Devices

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.2 Privileged Access Rights

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.3 Information Access Restriction

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.4 Access To Source Code

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.5 Secure Authentication

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.6 Capacity Management

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.7 Protection Against Malware

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.8 Management of Technical Vulnerabilities

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.9 Configuration Management 

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.10 Information Deletion

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.11 Data Masking

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.12 Data Leakage Prevention

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.13 Information Backup

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.14 Redundancy of Information Processing Facilities

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.15 Logging

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.16 Monitoring Activities

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.17 Clock Synchronisation

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.18 Use of Privileged Utility Programs

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.19 Installation of Software on Operational Systems

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.20 Network Security

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.21 Security of Network Services

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.22 Segregation of Networks

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.23 Web Filtering

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.24 Use of CryptographyISO27001 Annex A 8.25 Secure Development Life Cycle

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.26 Application Security Requirements

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.27 Secure Systems Architecture and Engineering Principles

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.28 Secure Coding

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.29 Security Testing in Development and Acceptance

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.30 Outsourced Development

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.31 Separation of Development, Test and Production Environments

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.32 Change Management

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.33 Test Information

ISO 27001 Annex A 8.34 Protection of information systems during audit testing