ISACA® got its start in 1967, when a small group of individuals with similar
jobs—auditing controls in the computer systems that were becoming increasingly critical
to the operations of their organizations—sat down to discuss the need for a centralized
source of information and guidance in the field. In 1969, the group formalized,
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.
Today, ISACA’s membership—more than 95,000 strong worldwide—is characterized by
its diversity. Members live and work in more than 160 countries and cover a variety
of professional IT-related positions—to name just a few, IS auditor, consultant,
educator, IS security professional, regulator, 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. 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. It
has long been considered one of ISACA’s strengths. Previously known as the Information
Systems Audit and Control Association, ISACA® now goes by its acronym only,
to reflect the broad range of IT governance professionals it serves.
Another of ISACA’s strengths is its chapter network. ISACA® has more than 180
chapters established in over 75 countries worldwide, and those 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. Its IS auditing
and IS control standards are followed by practitioners worldwide. Its research pinpoints
professional issues challenging its constituents.
Its Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification is recognized globally
and has been earned by more than 70,000 professionals since inception. The Certified
Information Security Manager (CISM) certification uniquely targets the information
security management audience and has been earned by more than 12,500 professionals.
The Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) designation promotes the
advancement of professionals who wish to be recognized for their IT governance-related
experience and knowledge and has been earned by more than 4,000 professionals. The
new Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) designation is for
IT professionals who identify and manage risks through the development, implementation
and maintenance of information systems controls.
ISACA® publishes a leading technical journal in the information control field,
the ISACA® Journal. It hosts a series of international conferences
focusing on both technical and managerial topics pertinent to the IS assurance,
control, security and IT governance professions. Together, ISACA® and its affiliated
IT Governance Institute lead the information technology control community and serve
its practitioners by providing the elements needed by IT professionals in an ever-changing
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