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How to Become a CISM

Nothing can be as prestigious as being an elite IT security manager. However, to join the ranks of CISMs (Certified Information Security Managers), you must go through a number of steps.

Step # 1: Find out if this course is for you

The CISM course is offered for experienced information security professionals who manage, design, oversee, and/or assess information security. In order to fully understand the material being discussed in this course, you should have one to three years experience in handling information security duties and responsibilities.

Step # 2: Enroll in a CISM course

CISM courses are offered everywhere these days. Although the Information Security Audit and Control Association (ISACA) is the only organization offering the CISM Certification exam, different institutes offer courses that train individuals for the competencies that will be covered on the exam:

  • Information Security Governance
  • Information Risk Management
  • Information Security Program Development
  • Information Security Program Management
  • Incident Management and Response

You can always seek professional training from Ashford Global IT (AGIT). Not only is the institute’s services offered in its hometown of Orlando, FL, but also in any city across the United States. With the guidance of AGIT’s skilled instructors, you will have a better chance at passing the CISM Certification exam.

Step # 3: Put your heart and mind in preparing

Preparing for the CISM exam is easy once you enroll in the CISM course. The reason for this is that this course will explain in detail important aspects such as information security management knowledge, technical skills, and industry practices. Information risk management is a focal point of this whole course. Other topics covered include the development of information security programs, the management of Incidents, and the management of information security programs. In addition, differences between roles in IT auditing and information security will be examined.

Step # 4: Register for the exam

The last step between you and your CISM Certification is the exam. You need to register with ISACA by providing a written agreement to comply with the organization’s Code of Ethics as well as by submitting an application for CISM Certification.  However, keep in mind that the exam is only offered twice a year – in June and December. So, keep an eye on ISACA’s website and remember to register 45 days prior to the exam.

So, there you have it – 4 steps that can help you become a CISM. If your aspiration is to become an integral part of your company, you can have that with this certification of excellence.


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