ISACA - Membership, Guidance and Certification for IT Professionals

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For more than 40 years, ISACA has been a pace-setting global organization for information governance, control, security and audit professionals.

Membership and Community
As a nonprofit, global membership association for IT and information systems professionals, ISACA is committed to providing its diverse constituency of more than 140,000 professionals worldwide with the tools they need to achieve individual and organizational success. The benefits offered through our globally accepted research, certifications and community collaboration result in greater trust in, and value from, information systems. Through more than 200 chapters established in more than 80 countries, ISACA provides its members with education, resource sharing, advocacy, professional networking, and a host of other benefits on a local level.

ISACA’s constituency is characterized by its diversity. The global community of ISACA members and certified cover a variety of professional IT-related positions—some of which include IS auditor, consultant, educator, IS security professional, risk professional, chief information officer and internal auditor. Some are new to the field, others are at middle management levels and still others are in the most senior ranks. ISACA constituents work in nearly all industry categories, including financial and banking, public accounting, government and the public sector, utilities and manufacturing.

Members rely on ISACA for resources that enhance their skills, expand their professional knowledge and connect them with a vibrant community of peers.

Professional Recognition
ISACA membership and its certification programs are globally accepted and recognized. In fact, independent studies continue to demonstrate that holding an ISACA designation enhances professional recognition, credibility and earning potential.

ISACA members have direct access to research, certifications and products that align systems and strategy. They are connected to a global professional community and have the opportunity to contribute directly to advancing the profession and developing its body of knowledge. With the complexity of information systems, increased risks, and the need for compliance, it is more important than ever that organizations recruit and retain employees who can take a comprehensive view of information systems and their relationship to enterprise success.

ISACA membership and certification signifies to employers and peers that an individual is:

Dedicated to industry-accepted practices and high professional standards
Serious about enhancing their professional knowledge and skills
Connected with the standards, resources and global network of colleagues that only ISACA can provide

Guidance and Practices
ISACA’s IS auditing and IS control standards are followed by practitioners worldwide and our research pinpoints professional issues challenging enterprises today.

ISACA actively promotes research that results in the development of products both relevant and useful to IT governance, control, assurance and security professionals. By drawing on the knowledge and experience of our members, we developed the Business Model for Information Security (BMIS), taking a holistic and business-oriented approach to managing information security. Recognizing that IT assurance professionals are faced with different requirements and different types of audit and assurance assignments, ISACA developed the IT Assurance Framework (ITAF).

ISACA developed and maintains the internationally recognized COBIT®, Val IT™ and Risk IT frameworks, helping IT professionals and enterprise leaders fulfill their IT governance responsibilities while delivering value to the business. In addition to the frameworks, ISACA offers publications that provide guidance on a wide range of topics, including how to implement the frameworks. ISACA works with members who are subject matter experts to review and comment on exposure drafts from regulators and standards-setting bodies to provide the IT community with the most relevant research deliverables.

Professional Development
In a profession as ever-changing as IT, professional development is a necessity. ISACA is recognized as a highly respected and sought-after resource for professional education and development.

Connecting IT professionals across a variety of industries, geography and professions, ISACA is dedicated to providing products and services that bring value to our members. We provide the relevant tools to promote growth, innovation and trust. Our belief in the strength of our industry experts helps drive personal and organizational success, which is the core of our members, volunteers and committees.

ISACA offers educational events that meet the needs of all IT professionals. From face-to-face conferences, including its flagship International Conference and the global Computer Audit, Control and Security (CACS) conferences, and Training Weeks, to e-Learning and On-site Training, ISACA is committed to providing its members and constituents with the resources they need to keep their professional skills and knowledge up-to-date.

“The reason I have stayed a member of ISACA is that it continues to provide value to me as a professional. There are entry-level value opportunities, content that provides value initially. But the more I grow, I find that the more I can derive value personally and professionally from ISACA. It's a fairly large organization that’s almost limitless in it's opportunities to help me as an information systems professional.”
— Max Blecher, South Africa

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