Press Release


 ISACA’s CISA Certification Continues Momentum After 40 Years 

Increased emphasis on enterprise technology puts added premium on CISA-certified professionals

Schaumburg, IL, USA (19 June 2018) — ISACA’s flagship certification, the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), is marking its 40th anniversary at a time when its emphasis on helping enterprises effectively and securely leverage their technology has become increasingly resonant on the enterprise landscape.

The CISA certification, with its traditional connection to the audit/assurance community and growing applications for risk, security and data privacy professionals, has been earned by more than 140,000 global practitioners since its inception in June 1978.

“As organizations navigate digital transformation and a shifting regulatory landscape, the ability to reliably assess vulnerabilities and assure that technology controls are being deployed effectively is increasingly critical to the enterprise’s success,” said Kim Cohen, ISACA’s Director of Certification. “It is with good reason that so many organizations consider the CISA a mandatory credential when filling positions that require expertise across a range of audit, security, risk, compliance and privacy functions.”

While CISA was recognized as the Best Professional Certification Program of 2017 by SC Media and is ranked among the top-paying IT certifications for 2018 by Global Knowledge, the certification’s cachet among hiring managers, recruiters and industry professionals has spanned decades.

“As someone who has recruited extensively in the IT audit professional community for 25 years, I can attest that the sustained demand for individuals with the CISA credential, across varied industries and amid a fast-evolving technology landscape, speaks volumes about the reputation that CISA-certified professionals have earned as indispensable assets for their enterprises,” said Derek Duval, owner, Duval Search Associates.

The designation is regarded as the gold standard for information systems audit, control and security professionals – a reputation that, after 40 years, continues to gain momentum and resonate throughout the globe.

“I have worked in several countries, across three continents, with a wide variety of clients spanning several industry sectors during my professional career over the last three decades,” said Dr. Nancy Onyango, CISA, Director of Internal Audit with the International Monetary Fund. “The one constant that I have always observed, and have been struck by, is the caliber of staff who hold ISACA’s CISA certification. From Nairobi to London, Johannesburg to Washington DC, I can always count on these professionals to deliver quality work and bring strong insights into governance, risk management and controls in the information and technology arenas.”

For more information on CISA and how to schedule an exam at one of ISACA’s global testing locations, visit


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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