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No looking back…the CISA certification at 35

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Allan BoardmanIn this, its 35th anniversary year, the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification also has the distinction of surpassing the 100,000-certified milestone. As we celebrate these two accomplishments, we asked Allan Boardman CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, CA (SA), ACA, CISSP—information risk manager at a global investment bank, international vice president of ISACA and chair of ISACA’s Credentialing Board—to offer his unique perspective on the unique CISA certification.

ISACA: Why has CISA been so widely recognized over the past 35 years?

Allan: As IT has become integral to business, CISA has always kept pace with the changes. Regular reviews and revisions of the CISA certification job practice ensure that the certification keeps up to date with business and technology developments and the evolving responsibilities of IT auditors.

CISA is well respected across the globe, and the credibility of its continuing professional education (CPE) program ensures that enterprises can take comfort knowing that CISA-certified professionals have the required knowledge, skills and experience to do the job.

CISA’s success also comes down to having a strong reputation in the marketplace, with global acceptance, recognition and credibility gained through rigorous testing and test administration.

I truly believe the world of IT—and ultimately business—has benefitted hugely from having ISACA and CISA around all these years. In a nutshell, CISA has been and continues to be a powerful business enabler. Enterprises across the globe benefit from having knowledgeable and certified IS auditors provide guidance and assurance over their technology-and-information systems.

As a globally accepted standard of achievement, CISA has also helped more than 100,000 individuals achieve their personal and professional goals and assisted them in their career development.

Professional qualifications and certifications do not necessarily get you the job, but they are very important in getting you to the interview. CISA is very well respected and universally recognised by recruiters as the de facto professional certification for IS auditors. Its influence spans international borders and truly fits the description “IT Audit Certification San Frontières!”

For individuals, it is proof that they take their professional development seriously. It proves that they have invested their time and effort in furthering their skills and career. It proves that they are committed to keeping up to date with the fast-changing technological world. It also shows that they are connected with standards, resources and a global network of professional colleagues.

I got CISA certified in 1995, in the days when ISACA was known as the EDP Auditors Association. I was influenced by Ian Harrison, one of my IT auditor colleagues at Marks and Spencer, who had just taken the CISA exam and was singing its praises. I did some research, liked what I saw and could definitely envision the advantages to my career. From then on I was hooked and have never looked back.

Continue the conversation…engage with your peers in the Career Management topic in ISACA’s Knowledge Center andregister for ISACA’s INSIGHTS 2013 conference in Berlin, where Allan will be on a panel discussing the impacts of new technologies.


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