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. CGEIT-certified professionals deliver on the focus areas of IT governance and approach it holistically, enhancing value to the enterprise. More than 5,700 professionals have earned the CGEIT credential to date.
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CGEIT Focus Areas
- Framework for the Governance of Enterprise IT
- Strategic Alignment
- Risk Optimization
- Resource Optimization
To earn the CGEIT designation, candidates are required to:
The first CGEIT exam was administered in December 2008. CGEIT retention is more than 95 percent.
CGEIT in the Workplace
- More than 1,200 are IT directors, managers, consultants and related staff.
- More than 900 are audit directors, managers or consultants and related staff.
- More than 600 are employed in managerial, consulting or related positions in IT operations or compliance.
- More than 600 are security directors, managers or consultants and related staff. More than 500 are CIOs, CISOs, or chief compliance, risk or privacy officers.
- Nearly 400 CGEITs serve as CEOs, CFOs or equivalent executives.
- Almost 200 serve as chief audit executives, audit partners or audit heads.
- CGEIT was noted as having gained 10% in value for the quarter ending 1 July 2013 and was listed as being tied for the fourth “highest paying” certification in Foote Partners IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index™ (ITSCPI) for 1 April 2013 – 1 July 2013.
- CGEIT was noted as having gained more than 25% in average market value from 1 July to 1 October 2012, and was listed as a Highest Paying certification in Foote Partners IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index™ (ITSCPI).
- CGEIT is listed among certifications that “improve technology careers” ~ Internet@Suite101 October 2011
- CGEIT has earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the International Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024. This accreditation is a benchmark for global organizations that certify individuals worldwide.
- SC Magazine selected CGEIT as a finalist of the 2011 “Best Professional Certification Program” in the Professional Awards category. CGEIT was named a finalist by a panel of 22 chief information security officers (CISOs) at major corporations and large public-sector organizations.
- The DRII Institute for Continuity Management recognizes DRII certification applicants who hold a CGEIT certification in good standing. CGEITs qualify for the Certified Business Continuity Auditor (CBCA) and get a bypass for references (experience).
In the News
- Knowledge Exchange ~ “Another ’soft skills’ cert hits the radar: ISACA CGEIT” states, “For those who plan to work in IT over the long haul, particularly for those inclined to climb either a technical or a management job ladder in IT, the CGEIT…is an excellent ‘soft skills’ credential that can augment and extend a person’s knowledge and skills outside inherently technical, or platform or technology-specific domains. August 2011
- The Guardian~ “IT governance certification helps boost profit, efficiency” states, "..CGEIT certification enables holders demonstrate ability to understand and relate with executive management and board in corporate vision and strategy."
- "CGEIT certification enables holders demonstrate ability to understand and relate with executive management and board in corporate vision and strategy." Source: “IT Governance Certification Helps Boost Profit, Efficiency,” The Guardian, October 2011
- “As IT governance becomes more critical to a business's success, it is vital that those business leaders in charge are the most highly qualified possible. This certification shows that the person holding it has taken the time and effort to qualify their skills and knowledge, keep their skills current, handles his or herself in an ethical manner.” Source: “How to Become Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT),” eHow, 20 June 2009
- “To help organizations fill the skills and knowledge gap between IT governance frameworks and the ultimate delivery of strategies and objectives, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) last year introduced the Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) certification.” Source: “Certification Closes the Governance Gap,” IT Career Planet, 5 January 2009
- “Richard Kirk, VP of Fortify Software, said, ‘This certification, which is expected to be recognised and adapted as a best practice, could help business executives, or your boss, understand the growing need for tighter IT security and governance from the top down.’” Source: “Teaching employers about certification may be way forward,” SC Magazine, 10 November 2008
- “To support the growing business demands related to IT governance, promote good IT governance practices and recognize skilled IT governance professionals, ISACA has developed a new certification: Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT).” Source: “ISACA’s New CGEIT Credential Meets Business Demands for IT Govern,” CertMag, February 2008
- “[The CGEIT certification] sets the path towards building the competency in IT governance,’ says [Bob] Frelinger, adding that professionals in finance and other fields may also seek CGEIT certification. ‘We're hoping it's not just for IT folks. Certainly there is a big business contribution to IT in an organization.’” Source: “New Certification Seeks Governance Excellence,” ITWorldCanada.com, 24 August 2007
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