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Information Systems Audit and Control Association

ISACA is an international professional association focused on IT (Information technology) governance. On its IRS filings, it is known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, although ISACA now goes by its acronym only.[1][2][3]


ISACA originated in United States in 1967,[2] when a group of individuals working on auditing controls in computer systems started to become increasingly critical of the operations of their organizations. They identified a need for a centralized source of information and guidance in the field. In 1969, Stuart Tyrnauer, an employee of the (later) Douglas Aircraft Company, incorporated the group as the EDP Auditors Association (EDPAA).[4] Tyrnauer served as the body's founding chairman for the first three years. In 1976 the association formed an education foundation to undertake large-scale research efforts to expand the knowledge of and value accorded to the fields of governance and control of information technology.

The association became the Information Systems Audit and Control Association in 1994.[5]

By 2008 the organization had dropped its long title and branded itself as ISACA.[6]

In March 2016, ISACA bought the CMMI Institute who is behind the Capability Maturity Model Integration.[7]

Current status[edit]

ISACA currently serves more than 140,000 constituents (members and professionals holding ISACA certifications) in more than 180 countries.[8] The job titles of members are such as IS auditor, consultant, educator, IS security professional, regulator, chief information officer, chief information security officer and internal auditor. They work in nearly all industry categories. There is a network of ISACA chapters with more than 200 chapters established in over 80 countries. Chapters provide education, resource sharing, advocacy, networking and other benefits.

Major publications[edit]


  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
  • Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT) 2019
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
  • Cybersecurity Nexus Practitioner (CSX-P)

The CSX-P, ISACA's first cybersecurity certification, was introduced in the summer of 2015. It is one of the few certifications that require the individual to work in a live environment, with real problems, to obtain a certification. Specifically, the exam puts test takers in a live network with a real incident taking place. The student's efforts to respond to the incident and fix the problem results in the type of score awarded.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "INFORMATION SYSTEMS AUDIT AND CONTROL ASSOCIATION INC Form 990 2015". ProPublica. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b [1] Archived 2 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Vacca, John (2009). Computer and Information Security Handbook. Morgan Kaufmann Publications. Elsevier Inc. p. 600. ISBN 978-0-12-374354-1.
  4. ^ Katsikas, Sokratis K. (2000). "A Postgraduate Programme on Information and Communication Systems Security". In Qing, Sihan; Eloff, Jan H. P. (eds.). Information Security for Global Information Infrastructures. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. 47. Springer. p. 50. ISBN 9780792379140. Retrieved 23 May 2013. [...] the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA - formerly EDPAA) [...]
  5. ^ Gleim, Irvin N.; Hillison, William A.; Irwin, Grady M. (June 1995). Auditing & systems: objective questions and explanations. 1. 6 (6 ed.). Gainesville, Florida: Accounting Publications. p. 37. ISBN 9780917537745. Retrieved 24 May 2013. In 1994, the association changed its name to the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.
  6. ^ Verschoor, Curtis C. (2008). Audit Committee Essentials. John Wiley & Sons. p. 205. ISBN 9780470337073. Retrieved 24 May 2013. [...] ISACA - previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association [...]
  7. ^ Loeb, Matt. "ISACA Acquires CMMI Institute". ISACA. ISACA. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  8. ^ "History of ISACA". ISACA. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  9. ^ [2] Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
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  11. ^ "Security, Audit and Control Features SAP ERP, 4th Edition". Retrieved 3 November 2015.
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