Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
CISAs are responsible for planning and executing audits within an organization. Accountants obtaining CISA certification typically enjoy courses related to accounting information systems and information technology. Unlike the CPA exam, students can take the CISA exam without having a degree in hand. However, to earn CISA certification you must pass an exam, have 5 years of professional experience, and adhere to a code of professional ethics.
The CISA certification requires mastery in five “domains”: (1) auditing information systems, (2) governance and management of information technology, (3) information systems acquisition, development and implementation, (4) information systems operations, maintenance and service management, and (5) protection of information assets.
The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), circa 1967, is the group that represents the profession. ISACA operates in over 188 countries with more than 200 chapters. Locally, you can get involved as a student member of the Atlanta chapter for $30. The Atlanta chapter of ISACA meets throughout the year. See calendar for upcoming events.