DoD Summary Information 


Meet Your 8570.1 Requirement with CISA or CISM! All DoD information assurance (IA) personnel and contractors with employees categorized as IA employees are required to comply with this directive.

Exam Types

  • Information assurance technical (IAT) Level III professionals: Earn the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designation. CISA is the ideal designation for those that are IS audit, control, assurance and security professionals.
  • Information assurance managerial (IAM) Level II and Level III professionals: Earn the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) designation. CISM is tailored for those who manage design, oversee and assess an enterprise's information security.

Why Choose CISA and CISM?

  • Founded in 1969, ISACA is a well-established and highly reputable association with more than 86,000 constituents worldwide. Over 70,000 CISA and 10,000 CISM certifications have been issued to date.
  • Both certifications were awarded accreditation under ISO/IEC 17024 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 2005-one of the requirements for DoD-approved certifications.
  • CISA and CISM have been named among the highest-paying certifications by the independent Foote Partners LLC.
  • Among other international recognition, assistant examiners employed by the US Federal Reserve Banks must pass the CISA examination before they are eligible for commissioning; the National Stock Exchange of India has recognized CISA as a requirement to conduct systems audits; and in Singapore, CISA was accredited under the Critical IT Resource Program of the National Infocomm Competency Centre (NICC), the national body that oversees accreditation of IT-related certifications. Additionally, CISM is a recognized credential in the Security Solutions Competency of Microsoft's Partner Program.

For More Information

  • CISA and CISM exam administrations are held in June and December of each year. There are more than 240 testing centers worldwide.
  • For specific dates and locations, certification requirements, exam preparation information and registration details, please visit and click on the exam registration document.