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 Foote Partners’ Pay Index Names All Four ISACA Credentials Among Highest-paying IT Certifications 

Rolling Meadows, Illinois, USA (22 August 2013)—ISACA’s Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) credentials have been named among the highest-paying IT certifications in the latest Foote Partners’ IT Skills and Certifications Pay IndexTM (ITSCPI).

ISACA, a nonprofit association of more than 110,000 IT governance professionals in 180 countries, advances and attests business-critical IT skills and knowledge through its CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC certifications.

CISM and CGEIT tied with other certifications for the fourth- highest-paying certification in Foote Partner’s report for the period 1 April 2013 – 1 July 2013, while CISA and CRISC tied for the fifth spot. Additionally, CGEIT’s market value increased by at least 10 percent for the quarter ending 1 July 2013. The recognitions indicate that employers are investing in professionals with specific IT skill sets that demonstrate the knowledge and expertise to address current and emerging challenges.

“The rigorous certification programs developed by ISACA help professionals enhance their credibility and recognition and differentiate themselves from the competition,” said Allan Boardman, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, CA (SA), ACA, CISSP, chair of ISACA’s Credentialing Board and risk officer at a global investment bank. “As the Foote Partners’ report shows, professionals holding any of the ISACA certifications have the potential to earn high premiums for their valued work.”

CISA is considered the gold-standard certification for IT audit. The number of CISAs has quadrupled in just over a decade, now totaling more than 103,000 professionals who have been certified since CISA’s inception in 1978. CISA measures the candidate’s understanding of technologies and processes and examines experience in applying knowledge and demonstrating skills of qualified information systems audit, control and security professional.

The CISM credential has become recognized worldwide as a symbol of excellence in information security, and has been earned by nearly 22,500 professionals since the credential’s inception in 2002. The certification affirms to employers that the candidate they are hiring/developing is equipped with strong security management skills and has demonstrated experience in security management.

Introduced in 2007, the CGEIT credential is designed for professionals who manage, provide advisory and/or assurance services related to, and/or otherwise support the governance of an enterprise’s IT. More than 5,600 professionals have earned the credential to date.

CRISC is highly desired because it is the only certification that positions IT professionals for future career growth by linking IT risk management to enterprise risk management. Since it was established three years ago, more than 17,000 professionals have earned the CRISC credential.

The ITSCPI, launched in 1999, tracks pay premiums earned by 47, 773 IT professionals for 629 individual certified and noncertified IT skills at 2,496 employers in North America, with results and detailed market analyses published every three months. Additional information is available at

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With more than 110,000 constituents in 180 countries, ISACA ( helps business and IT leaders maximize value and manage risk related to information and technology. Founded in 1969, the nonprofit, independent ISACA is an advocate for professionals involved in information security, assurance, risk management and governance. These professionals rely on ISACA as the trusted source for information and technology knowledge, community, standards and certification. The association, which has 200 chapters worldwide, advances and validates business-critical skills and knowledge through the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) credentials. ISACA also developed and continually updates COBIT, a business framework that helps enterprises in all industries and geographies govern and manage their information and technology.

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