Boards and executive management have long understood the need for enterprise and corporate governance. As information technology (IT) has become more important to the achievement of enterprise goals and delivery of benefits, there has been an increasing realization that governance must be extended to IT as well. IT governance is an integral part of enterprise governance and consists of the leadership and organizational structures and processes that ensure that the organization's IT sustains and extends the organization's strategies and objectives.
ISACA recognized this shift in emphasis in 1998, and formed the IT Governance Institute (ITGI) to focus on original research, publications, resources and symposia on IT governance and related topics. To support and promote this significant body of work, ISACA and the ITGI are proud to offer a certification program for professionals charged with satisfying the IT governance needs of an enterprise.
Taking a lead role in the establishment and management of information technology infrastructure and processes, individuals playing a role in IT governance provide significant support to the Board of Directors and executive management. The certification program recognizes those who have the necessary level of professional knowledge, personal skills, and business experience to maximize the contribution made by information technology to an enterprise's success while managing and mitigating risks posed by IT.
This certification will benefit the individual, through recognition of their professional knowledge and competencies; skill-sets; abilities and experiences, and will enhance their professional standing. It will also add value to the enterprises they support through the demonstration of a visible commitment to excellence in IT governance practices.
The certification process has been specifically developed for professionals who have a significant management, advisory, or assurance role relating to the governance of IT. The certification promotes the advancement of professionals who wish to be recognized for their IT governance-related experience and knowledge.
The certification is also intended to:
- support the growing business demands related to IT governance
- increase the awareness and importance of IT governance good practices and issues
- define the roles and responsibilities of the professionals performing IT governance work