Life after CISM and CGEIT

As you enjoy the continuing summer heat wave, spare a thought for the dedicated professionals spending this summer revising for the ISACA CISM or CISA exams taking place in September.

If you are one of these dedicated souls, then rest assured that if you pass your exam, the hard work WILL be worth it. If you need a bit of inspiration to keep going, then Paula Kench, an IT Governance and Audit Manager, has taken a couple of minutes to reflect on how studying for ISACA certifications (CGEIT and CISA) has enhanced her ability to deliver results and supported her on-going professional development.

The initial key objective of Paula’s role was to introduce IT governance to her department and the CGEIT certification has been integral to delivering this objective:

“CGEIT has enabled me to better articulate the benefits and value of the “perceived bureaucracy” associated with the introduction of IT governance in the department and to therefore gain the required buy in and participation of individuals and teams.”

Having introduced IT governance, Paula is currently focused on auditing the processes and policies she has implemented and CISA will play a crucial role in this:

“CISA has allowed me to learn about the different methods of audit and the controls that need to be assessed. Organisationally we want to continually improve the services we deliver and this can only be achieved by firstly taking a strategic approach and performing a GAP analysis which we based on COBIT 5. Having implemented a governance framework, one way to identify and evaluate its success is to review overall performance – and structured audit is one way to achieve this goal.”

As well as playing a key role in enabling Paula to deliver the key objectives of her role, working towards the CGEIT and CISA certifications has also supported her professional development:

“Any ISACA certification programme when followed through from study, to exams, to actual certification, provides greater recognition in the marketplace and influence at the executive level. It is not just about attending a course and passing the exam, it is about being able to demonstrate application of that knowledge and recognition of your work, management and educational experiences.”

A bit of background

CGEIT and CISA certifications are part of ISACA’s internationally-recognised suite of professional qualifications, which include:

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)

Paula attended a CGEIT Exam Preparation course and a CISA Exam Preparation course prior to completing the ISACA exams which lead to these certifications.

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