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ISACA got its start in 1967 by a small group of individuals with similar jobs auditing controls in computer systems that were becoming more critical to their organizations’ operations. This group saw the need for a centralized source of information and guidance in the field and formalized in 1969, incorporating as the EDP Auditors Association. In 1976 the association formed an education foundation to undertake large-scale research efforts to expand the knowledge and value of the IT governance and control field. Previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association®, ISACA now goes only by its acronym to reflect the broad range of IT governance professionals we serve.

Today, ISACA’s constituency of more than 165,000 strong worldwide is characterized by its diversity. Constituents live and work in more than 180 countries and cover a variety of professional IT-related positions in the disciplines of IS/IT audit, risk, security and governance as well as educators, consultants and regulators. Some are new to their careers, others are at middle management levels, and still others are in the most senior ranks. They work in nearly all industry categories, including financial and banking, public accounting, government and the public sector, utilities and manufacturing. This diversity enables members to learn from each other and exchange widely divergent viewpoints on a variety of professional topics.

In 2019, ISACA celebrated our 50th Anniversary as an organization dedicated to uplifting the IS/IT industry, our professionals and the technology-using world. For more on the celebration, check out ISACA’s 50th Anniversary website.

Global Network

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ISACA’s chapter network reinforces our global reach and provides localized opportunities for our constituents. ISACA has more than 200 chapters established in over 80 countries worldwide. These chapters provide members education, resource sharing, advocacy, professional networking and a host of other benefits on a local level. Find out if there’s a chapter near you.

Since its inception, ISACA has become a pace-setting global organization for information governance, control, security and audit professionals. Our IS auditing and IS control standards are followed by practitioners worldwide. Our research and bodies of knowledge pinpoint professional issues challenging our constituents. Our cybersecurity training platform and resources are unparalleled. Our COBIT governance framework is world-renowned. And all of our solutions and tools are backed by ISACA’s staff of experts and network of global constituents, creating up-to-date guidance, career-boosting learning, and vital information for an ever-accelerating world.

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Because we are a global organization, ISACA offers knowledge resources, study materials and certification exams in a variety of languages. Explore our languages page to find the resources you need in the language you prefer.

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