Why CISA remains essential to senior careers in IT

In-house trainingWith the growth of CISM and CISSP as the pre-eminent qualifications for securing senior positions in information security, many of our training delegates ask, ‘Where does CISA fit into my career plan?’ Or, indeed, ‘Is CISA just for IT auditors?’

Introduced in 1978, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) is the ‘granddaddy’ of the ISACA range of certificates and is held by over 106,000 IT professionals worldwide. It is globally recognised as proof of competence and experience assuring the security and availability of critical business assets. In a nutshell, the directors and board members of major companies rely on their CISA-qualified managers to confirm that their business is adequately protected against the risks of cyber crime. CISA also remains one of the top five highest-paying certifications for the second consecutive year, according to Global Knowledge’s 2015 IT Skills and Salary Survey.

CISA is awarded to candidates with at least five years of relevant work experience who pass a rigorous written examination based on the following five knowledge domains:

  • Domain 1 – The Process of Auditing Information Systems
  • Domain 2 – Governance and Management of IT
  • Domain 3 – Information Systems Acquisition, Development and Implementation
  • Domain 4 – Information Systems Operations, Maintenance and Support
  • Domain 5 – Protection of Information Assets

ISACA summarises the importance of CISA in the roles of:

Information systems auditors

CISA enables you to be recognized both domestically and internationally as a professional with knowledge, skills, and the credibility to offer opinions and solutions, and to audit all areas related to information systems.

Information security professionals

CISA demonstrates your proven experience in helping enterprises navigate a complex and evolving regulatory landscape, leverage standards and expertise, and reducing the complexity and time necessary to manage vulnerabilities, measure security and ensure compliance. CISA is designed to be complementary to the ISACA Certified Information Security Management (CISM) qualification.

IT governance professionals

From the frontline to the boardroom, CISA reassures stakeholders of your ability to identify critical issues and recommend customised, company-specific practices to support and safeguard the governance of information and related technologies.

For those of you planning to take the CISA examination on the next available date of 12 September, please note that the Final Registration deaden is the 24 July. I recommend that you consider attending our CISA Exam Prep training course which is running in London on 18-21 August. It is currently available in our Giant Summer Training Sale, with a 30% discount on our normal list price.


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