ISACA Membership Jumps a Third in a Year

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The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) has experienced a substantial proliferation in its membership in the past year: The organization announced that it went from 35,000 members in 2004 to 47,000 in 2005, an increase of about 34 percent. ISACA, which was established in 1969, has grown to more than 170 chapters, and has members in over 140 countries.


“The ISACA membership growth has been consistent over past years,” said Sunil Bakshi, chair of ISACA’s membership board. “However, this year it has been highest.” He added that research deliverables, as well as legislation such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, the IT audit act in Korea and various European Union bills, have contributed significantly to ISACA’s swelling numbers.


ISACA’s auditing and control standards are recognized and followed by information audit, control, security and governance professionals around the world. The association offers a number of resources for practitioners in the field, including the “Information Systems Control Journal” and several international technical and managerial conferences, including Computer Audit, Control and Security (CACS), Network Security, Information Security Management, Sarbanes-Oxley Symposia and Training Weeks. In 1998, ISACA founded its research affiliate, the IT Governance Institute (ITGI), which developed COBIT, a global framework for IT governance and a key tool for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. The ITGI Web site provides guidance on IT governance and security, much of which is available for free.


The organization also is known for its Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) designations, which have undoubtedly contributed to the boost in its membership. The former, which was launched in 1978, recently topped 40,000 certification holders. Also, more than 19,000 professionals registered for the June 2005 CISA exam, a 40 percent increase from 2004. To meet this demand, ISACA added a second exam this year for the first time in its history. Registration for this second test, which will be administered on Dec. 10, will begin July 1. In addition, more than 5,200 people have earned the CISM certification since it was introduced three years ago, and approximately 1,500 professionals registered for the exam this year, a 125 percent increase from 2004.


ISACA also plans to create a career center for security and assurance professionals down the road to connect the skills of employees to the needs of employers, Bakshi said.


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