Spotlight on ISACA’s Certifications: CISA, CISM and the New CGEIT

ISACA, a nonprofit IT governance association with more than 65,000 members in 140 countries, developed its first certification almost 30 years ago. Today, it offers two credentials and a new IT governance designation based on the body of knowledge of the IT Governance Institute (ITGI).

With their global focus, as well as rigorous testing, professional experience and mandated continuing- education requirements, ISACA certifications are recognized as credentials that add value to organizations.

“The need for certification as a way to identify highly qualified professionals is more critical than ever,” said Lynn Lawton, ISACA international president. “High-profile scandals, large financial settlements and damaging shareholder lawsuits have gained the attention of directors and senior management, who increasingly realize that their information technology deserves a high level of governance to minimize risks and support growth.”

ISACA has a long history of certification programs. In 1978, ISACA established the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designation, which more than 50,000 professionals have earned. In 2002, the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification was introduced, and more than 6,500 professionals have earned it.

Both designations are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ISACA’s most recent credential, introduced in August, is the Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) certification.

IT has become vital to the achievement of enterprise goals and delivery of benefits, and executives are realizing enterprise governance must be extended to IT, as well.

After surveying stakeholders from a cross-section of industries (including chief information officers and senior…



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