ISACA certifications validate the skills to secure the modern enterprise.
Smart enterprises recognize the value of employing top-notch information security specialists to manage the risks and costs associated with cyber crime. Becoming ISACA certified is one of the best ways to prove you have the skills and knowledge to secure the modern enterprise against escalating threats.
ISACA certifications are vendor-neutral and job role specific. Each of Isaca's four available credentials concentrates on a key aspect of enterprise security, i.e., systems auditing, governance, risk control and security management. This laser-focus on the top security job roles is a key ingredient of what makes these certificates so desirable.
Government agencies also use ISACA certifications as benchmarks when hiring personnel who will have access to privileged data, opening the door to a range of lucrative public sector positions.
ISACA certification holders are among the highest paid IT professionals. Foote Partners just released its widely-respected 2013 IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index (ITSCPI), wherein all four ISACA credentials placed in the top ten highest paying certifications.
Here is the average salary by ISACA certification in North America:
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) | CISA certification is the gold-standard credential for Information Systems Auditors. CISA certified systems auditors have the skills and expertise to audit computer systems, manage vulnerabilities, institute security controls and oversee compliance at the enterprise level.
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) | CISM covers four vital domains in cyber security management: security governance, risk management, security program creation and incidence response. The key differentiator of CISM is its focus on the big picture, i.e., how to use information security to advance top-level business goals.
Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) | CRISC certification demonstrates a mastery of IT and enterprise risk management. Calculating and mitigating risk is a coveted skill in enterprise IT; talented CRISC certified pros make significant contributions to the business and are rewarded in kind.
Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) | CGEIT validates expertise in the principles and real-world applications of enterprise IT governance. CGEIT certified professionals have the credibility to ensure good governance, which reduces unforeseen security issues and helps to formulate an agile response to any surprises that still arise.