Press Release


 Global Business Technology Association ISACA Welcomes New Chapter in Baghdad 

Schaumburg, IL, USA (16 July 2018) – Information technology professionals in Baghdad, Iraq, have formed a new chapter of ISACA, a global professional association serving more than 130,000 members who work in the areas of information technology audit, assurance, governance, risk and cybersecurity. The ISACA Baghdad Chapter has more than 40 members at its start and is among more than 220 ISACA chapters around the globe.

ISACA Baghdad Chapter President Ali Hasan said the Baghdad chapter will build a network of information security professionals who will be leaders of cybersecurity awareness throughout the country.

“The shortage in information security specialists is huge,” said Hasan. “With support from ISACA and the Central Bank of Iraq, we were able to form this chapter to be a major factor to help fill that gap and build a network of information security professionals who will become cybersecurity leaders throughout the country.”

The local business community, government, university students and others will benefit from ISACA’s resources and guidance, said Hasan, including its certifications:

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

The new chapter was formed in part to encourage open exchange of approaches to information systems audit and control, problem solving strategies, and quality assurance, according to Hasan.

“Having an ISACA chapter here provides the opportunity and foundation for strong governance in Iraq,” said Hasan. “Our members will benefit from the educational resources related to their professional fields, and their organizations will benefit from their skills and expertise.”

ISACA offers credentialing, education, guidance for IT security, assurance, risk and governance professionals. The association established its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) to address the global cybersecurity skills shortage and to help organizations develop strong cybersecurity workforces in addition to COBIT, a business framework that helps organizations govern and manage their information and technology.

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Nearing its 50th year, ISACA ( is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organizations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its 450,000 engaged professionals in information and cybersecurity, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including 217 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China.


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