ISACA Intellectual Property (“IP”) Guidelines 

 

ISACA administers, maintains and enforces Intellectual Property Guidelines designed to facilitate the dissemination and acceptance of ISACA Intellectual Property while also protecting it and the reputation of ISACA and its publications and research worldwide. ISACA’s reputation as a recognized global leader in content that ensures trust in, and value from, information and information systems has led professionals and enterprises to look to ISACA as a trusted provider of guidelines and good practices for governance, management, security, risk management and assurance of IT-based solutions and services; highly valued certifications; education and training; and thought-leading research. As a result, ISACA’s brands have become valuable assets representing the excellence and quality of ISACA's products and services in the global marketplace.

This page provides further details about ISACA’s Intellectual Property Guidelines. However, for any questions not covered below, or to request permission to use ISACA copyrighted material in accordance with this policy, please contact IPinfo@isaca.org.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What intellectual property does ISACA own?
What types of ISACA-copyrighted works or materials are covered by the Intellectual Property guidelines?
What are the basic rules for usage of ISACA’s copyrighted Intellectual Property?
Are freely available documents protected by the Intellectual Property guidelines?
What trademarks does ISACA own?
What are the basic rules for usage of ISACA’s trademarks?
May an ISACA member use an ISACA logo to promote his/her company?
What about the use of trademark acronyms, such as CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC?
Are links from the ISACA web site to a third-party site possible?
Can ISACA’s copyrighted Intellectual Property be translated into non-English languages? If so, what rules govern the translation process?

Answers

What Intellectual Property does ISACA Own?

ISACA owns a globally recognized portfolio of trademarks and copyrighted materials including frameworks, research, certification, certificate exams, certification study manuals, conferences, and training programs. ISACA is and shall remain the sole and complete owner of all intellectual property rights inherent in and associated with all of the trademarks and all intellectual property developed by or on behalf of the association.

What types of ISACA-copyrighted works or materials are covered by the Intellectual Property guidelines?

ISACA frameworks, research, reports, white papers, certification and certificate exams, articles, books, CDs and other published materials, including the contents of the ISACA web site, are protected by copyright under U.S. and other national/international laws. ISACA owns all rights, title and interest in these materials.

What are the basic rules for usage of ISACA’s Intellectual Property

ISACA’s intellectual property offerings have been created as educational and reference resources for boards of directors, CIOs, senior management, IT management, information security professionals, as well as risk, control and assurance professionals. These works are protected by copyright, regardless of their form.

ISACA’s copyrighted works may not be used, copied, reproduced, modified, displayed, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the prior written approval of ISACA. If approval is given to use the material in any format (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise), full attribution must be given to ISACA. Such attribution shall be provided as follows: Title of work, ® year of publication, ISACA. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

If ISACA content is used as part of a commercial product (e.g., a software tool, a commercial training program, a publication based on the copyrighted material or a translation of the material), a license must be obtained from ISACA.

Requests to reproduce and use ISACA copyrighted materials should be directed in writing to IPinfo@isaca.org. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Are freely available documents protected by the Intellectual Property guidelines?

Certain ISACA works are published and made freely available through complimentary download from the ISACA web site. However, this does not mean they are in the public domain and may be used freely or without permission or attribution. In fact, all such works are protected by copyright and are subject to the rules in these IP Guidelines. From time to time, ISACA may choose to make certain documents freely available to facilitate widespread adoption, use and recognition by third parties. By making the publications available and by expressly authorizing use under limited circumstances (e.g., for internal, non-commercial use), ISACA has given selected users of the works the right to use those works under specific circumstances.

What trademarks does ISACA own?

The following is a listing of United States trademarks owned by ISACA. These trademarks may also be trademarks or registered trademarks owned by ISACA in other countries. Trademarks followed by ® are registered trademarks in the United States; all others are trademarks used by ISACA.

ISACA®
IT Governance Institute®
IT Governance Institute (and Design)®
ITGI®
Certified Information Systems Auditor®
CISA®
Certified Information Security Manager™
CISM®
Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT/CGEIT® (and design)®
Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control™
CRISC™
COBIT®
COBIT Online®
COBIT Quickstart®
Information Systems Control Journal®
ISACA Journal™
ExpressLine™
@ISACA™
JOnline™
CACS™
Risk IT™
Business Model for Information Security™
BMIS™
Val IT™
IT Assurance Framework™
ITAF™
Training Weeks™
Information Security Conference™
The Information Systems Control Association®

What are the basic rules for usage of ISACA’s trademarks?

To the extent that a name or logo does not appear on the above list this does not constitute a waiver of any of the intellectual property rights that ISACA has established in any of its products, service names or logos.

ISACA trademarks may not be used by individuals or organizations to promote events such as conferences, review courses, consulting services or commercial products and services. Such use of these trademarks may falsely imply an endorsement or approval of the product or service by ISACA. For fair use (under trademark laws) or other truthful references that are not likely to cause confusion as to any association, sponsorship, affiliation, or endorsement by ISACA no permission is required. Requests to use ISACA trademarks should be directed in writing to IPinfo@isaca.org. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

May an ISACA member use an ISACA logo to promote his/her company?

Generally no, with the exception for certifications described below. Please note that an individual’s membership in ISACA does not include or accrue to his/her company. A member’s use of the logo in connection with his/her business may cause people and organizations receiving the member’s promotional materials to believe mistakenly that the member’s company and its products or services are affiliated with or endorsed by ISACA. Such statements misrepresent an individual or enterprise as having a relationship that does not exist.

What about the use of trademark acronyms, such as CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC?

Certified individuals can use the CISA, CISM, CGEIT and/or CRISC acronym after their name (e.g., John Smith, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC) on business cards, CVs and LinkedIn sites.

Are links from the ISACA web site to a third-party site possible?

ISACA is happy to consider a link between its site and a third-party site. In evaluating a potential link, ISACA would consider the third party’s purpose and organizational objectives, the appropriateness of the content of the third-party site relative to ISACA’s constituency, and the value such a linkage might provide both parties. Such external linkages are done through the Knowledge Center portion of the ISACA web site. Requests for links should be submitted to IPinfo@isaca.org.

Can ISACA’s copyrighted Intellectual Property be translated into non-English languages? If so, what rules govern the translation process?

ISACA recognizes the need for the availability of knowledge in non-English languages for the benefit of ISACA members and the profession. Therefore, ISACA encourages and facilitates the translations of frameworks, research and articles. Any individuals or organizations desiring to translate ISACA’s Intellectual Property into non-English languages must submit a written request and business case for the translation.

All translations of ISACA Intellectual Property require the execution of a translation agreement prior to the start of a translation.

All translated materials must be faithful translations of the English language version. Translations must be peer-reviewed and validated by experts in the IT governance, information security and assurance fields who are fluent in the translated language to ensure appropriateness and accuracy of the work. Only after successful completion of this review, will ISACA consider granting approval of the translation and posting it on the web site as an approved translation.

In all cases, ISACA will own the translations of all publications and materials translated into non-English languages.

ISACA reserves the right to publish and disseminate the translated materials in a manner corresponding to the published and disseminated English version.