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Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About CISA

Systems Information AuditorTechnology is changing more rapidly than ever before, making it tough for IT managers to keep their skills and knowledge current. Not to mention that legal, financial, and regulatory requirements are also changing quickly as well.

In today’s global business environment it’s critical for organizations and individuals to be proactive in acquiring and maintaining the necessary knowledge and skills to remain competitive. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) training for businesses and organizations prepares employees for success with Information Systems (IS) audits.

The Benefits of CISA

Professionals working in the areas of information systems auditing, control or security should be cognizant of how important the CISA certification can be. The program has been a globally accepted standard of achievement since 1978. Since the advent of Certified Information Systems Auditor, more than 106,000 professionals have earned certification.

If you audit, control, monitor and assess an organization’s information technology and business systems and you want to be taken seriously, it’s almost essential to earn your certification.

IT and business leaders whose spheres of influence depend on IT risk and control professionals for reassurance are increasingly turning to Certified Information Systems Auditors in both audit and non-audit capacities. Some of the non-audit roles include IT risk management, IT compliance and IT controls analysts.

Organizations see the certification and instantly know that the holder must have extensive experience. In fact, for the fourth consecutive year SC Magazine recognized Certified Information Systems Auditor as a finalist in the 2014 “Best Professional Certification Program” in the Professional Awards category. Internationally, it is one of the highest-paying certifications as well as one of the most respected.

How to Become CISA-Certified

By most accounts, earning the certification is very challenging and many people fail the exam. Experience is not enough. Preparation is essential. Certification is awarded by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and exams are conducted three times a year: in June, September and December.

Not only will interested individuals need to possess a baseline set of auditing skills, they’ll also have to pass an examination covering areas such as:

  • auditing practices and techniques
  • gathering and preserving evidence in forensic investigations
  • control objectives and reporting techniques

Prior to taking the exam, applicants must have at least five years experience in one of six information systems of expertise and be ready to sign and abide by with ISACA’s Code of Professional Ethics. To maintain certification Continuing Professional Education credits are required.

Anyone dedicated to a livelihood in the realm of IT assurance—audit, compliance, governance or risk management—should consider earning this internationally recognized standard of achievement.

For more information on professional development and corporate training, contact Ashford Global IT today. They offer CISA Certification for your business through a variety of training options including onsite and virtual.


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