IT skills

CISM and CRISC named as highest earning IT qualifications

Kayleigh Bateman

Two ISACA qualifications have been named as the two highest-paying IT certifications by Foote Partners’ IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index (ITSCPI).

The certified information security manager (CISM) and certified in risk and information systems control (CRISC) credentials were pinpointed as the top two in the ITSCPI.

ISACA is a non-profit organisation which provides IT skills through four certifications: certified information systems auditor (CISA); certified information security manager (CISM); certified in the governance of enterprise IT (CGEIT), and certified in risk and information systems control (CRISC).

“As the Foote Partners’ report indicates, professionals who hold the CISM or CRISC certifications are earning especially high premiums for their efforts and are strongly valued for their contributions to the overall enterprise,” said Allan Boardman, director of ISACAand risk manager at a global investment bank.

The CISM certification focuses on security management skills.

Marc Vael, director of ISACA and chief audit executive at Smals, said the CISM certification helps CISOs and IT security professionals focus on the key domains to effectively manage information security in their organisation, regardless of its size, industry or geography.

“Hence, the CISM core tasks and knowledge help security professionals become constructive, value-added players within their organisations – and the designation helps employers easily recognise the value of these professionals,” he added.

The CRISC certification links IT risk management to enterprise risk management.

"[CRISC is] a certification that should be part of the foundation of a company’s or government organisation’s commitment to understanding risk principles and frameworks,” said David Foote, chief executive and chief research officer of analyst firm Foote Partners.


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