The CISA – or Certified Information Systems Auditor – is a profession that combines information security and the information technology within an organization with auditing standards. A CISA goes through the process of auditing information systems within a business to abide by both their personal and organizational code of professional ethics and ensure business systems are running accurately and up to standards.

Potential certified information systems auditors must complete at least 150 college or university semester credit hours while pursuing Bachelor’s degree in accounting – as dictated by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, or ISACA. Additionally, an individual pursuing this credential must amass years of professional experience – specifically, five years working in positions including IT auditor, IT governance, IS audit, cyber security, Information systems acquisition, development, computer science, service management, general information security, and a variety of other related fields.

The final requirement for becoming a certified information systems auditor is to pass a 4-hour CISA examination. All CISA candidates must take this 150 question exam and pass with a scaled score of 450 or higher to earn the distinguished CISA designation.

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