As an independent,
nonprofit, global association, ISACA™ (www.isaca.org) engages in the
development, adoption and use of globally accepted, industry-leading
knowledge and practices for information systems. ISACA was
incorporated by individuals who recognized a
need for a centralized source of information and guidance in the growing
field of auditing controls for computer systems.
ISACA got its start in 1967, when a small
group of individuals with similar jobs—auditing controls in the computer
systems that were becoming increasingly critical to the operations of
their organizations—sat down to discuss the need for a centralized source
of information and guidance in the field. In 1969, the group formalized,
incorporating as the EDP Auditors Association. In 1976 the association
formed an education foundation to undertake large-scale research efforts
to expand the knowledge and value of the IT governance and control field.
As a nonprofit, global membership
association for IT and information systems professionals, ISACA is
committed to providing its diverse constituency of more than 100,000
worldwide with the tools they need to achieve individual and
organizational success. This covers a variety of professional
IT-related positions—to name just a few, IS auditor, consultant, educator,
IS security professional, regulator, chief information officer and
internal auditor. Some are new to the field, others are at middle
management levels and still others are in the most senior ranks. They
work in nearly all industry categories, including financial and banking,
public accounting, government and the public sector, utilities and
manufacturing. This diversity enables members to learn from each other,
and exchange widely divergent viewpoints on a variety of professional
topics. It has long been considered one of ISACA’s strengths.
inception, ISACA has become a pace-setting global organization for
information governance, control, security and audit professionals. Its IS
auditing and IS control standards are followed by practitioners worldwide.
Its research pinpoints professional issues challenging its constituents.
ISACA membership and its certification
programs are globally accepted and recognized. In fact, independent
studies continue to demonstrate that holding an ISACA designation enhances
professional recognition, credibility and earning potential.
membership and certification signifies to employers and peers that an
to industry-accepted practices and high professional standards
about enhancing their professional knowledge and skills
with the standards, resources and global network of colleagues that
only ISACA can provide
Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification is recognized globally
and has been earned by more than 88,000 professionals since inception.
The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification uniquely
targets the information security management audience and has been earned
by more than 17,000 professionals. The Certified in the Governance of
Enterprise IT (CGEIT) designation promotes the advancement of
professionals who wish to be recognized for their IT governance-related
experience and knowledge and has been earned by more than 4,500
professionals. The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control
(CRISC) designation for those who identify and manage risks through the
development, implementation and maintenance of information systems
controls has been earned by more than 14,000 professionals.
ISACA developed and
maintains the internationally recognized COBIT®, Val IT™ and Risk IT frameworks, helping
IT professionals and enterprise leaders fulfill their IT governance
responsibilities while delivering value to the business. In addition to
the frameworks, ISACA offers publications that provide guidance on a wide
range of topics, including how to implement the frameworks. ISACA works
with members who are subject matter experts to review and comment on
exposure drafts from regulators and standards-setting bodies to provide the
IT community with the most relevant research deliverables.
professionals across a variety of industries, geography and professions,
ISACA is dedicated to providing products and services that bring value to
our members. We provide the relevant tools to promote growth, innovation
and trust. Our belief in the strength of our industry experts helps drive
personal and organizational success, which is the core of our members,
volunteers and committees.