The difference between CISM and CISA

Updated: Jan 6

Certified Information Security Manager, referred to as CISM (certification body: ISACA), is committed to the management level, focusing on information security strategies, evaluation systems, and policies. CISM is tailor-made for information security managers and professionals with information security management responsibilities, improves the overall information system security management level of the enterprise, and ensures to senior management that: personnel with CISM professional qualification certification, have the knowledge and ability, provide effective information security management and consulting, and are business-oriented, emphasizing the concept of information risk management when applied to business management, design, and technical security issues.

The difference between CISM and CISA

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CISM focuses on the management level and is a globally recognized recognition of the personal ability to develop, establish, and manage enterprise information security systems, and is unique in the information security certification market.

Since 2002, more than 33,000 management elites worldwide have obtained CISM certification, including more than 600 CEOs, more than 2,000 CIOs or CISOs, more than 8,000 safety directors or safety managers, 2,000 consultants, and more than 96% professionals have been continuously maintaining CISM certification.

CISM is different from other information security certifications in terms of its experience requirements and its focus on the implementation of information security managers. Other information security certification focuses on a specific technology, operating platform, or product information, or the previous years of information security work. Only CISM is aimed at information security managers. The focus is no longer on individual technologies or skills, but on information security management for the entire enterprise. CISM is aimed at individuals who manage and supervise the information security of enterprises. Many people may already hold relevant certifications in other fields. Because of the need to focus on management, so that work experience is relatively important, CISM requires at least 5 years of experience in information security management, and the content of the exam is also concentrated on the daily work of information security managers.

CISM certification has the following advantages:

  1. As most candidates wish to be part of an elite group. Being a CISM can give you a place, and IT professionals want to be part of it. Not all IT professionals belong to this field, so certification is the biggest recognition.

  2. As part of the CISM field, you will be considered an information security expert and someone with experience in information security projects. With this, you will be valued by more people.

  3. As a CISM, you will benefit from three important aspects: creating value for the company, continuous education, and professional development.

  4. As an expert in the field, you can demonstrate your understanding of the relationship between business goals and information security plans. In addition, you will be able to reconcile and drive business success.

The occupations of CISM certificate holders are as follows:

  1. More than 8,600 CISM certificate holders serve as safety directors, managers, consultants, and related positions;

  2. More than 3,500 CISM certificate holders serve as IT directors, managers, consultants, and related positions;

  3. More than 3,200 CISM certificated personnel are engaged in management, consulting or related occupations in IT operations or compliance departments;

  4. More than 2,500 CISM certificate holders serve as audit directors, managers, consultants, and related positions;

  5. Exceeding officials, or leaders of compliance and risk departments;

  6. More than 700 people are CEOs, CFOs, or other equivalents with 2,500 CISM certificate holders serving as chief information officers and chief information security directors;

  7. More than 200 people serve as chief auditors, audit partners or leaders of the audit department;


Certified Information Systems Auditor, referred to as CISA, is an international certified information system auditor certification. This certification has become a symbol of important achievements made by the holder in the professional fields of information system auditing, control, and security, and has gradually developed into a globally recognized standard. China's CISA-certified auditors are distributed in high-end industries such as banks, securities, government, high-end manufacturing, and information services, and are increasingly recognized by major domestic enterprises and institutions. The CISA qualification certificate shows the professional's reputation as qualified information system auditing, control, attestation and security professionals, with solid and reliable technical capabilities, and conducting various reviews in accordance with globally recognized standards and guidelines to ensure the organization's information technology and business systems Get adequate control, monitoring, and evaluation. CISA certification is the same as CISSP certification. Both require 5 years of work experience, including at least 2 years of work experience in the audit/control field. The work experience is somewhat looser than CISSP. The academic deduction experience can be deducted for up to 3 years, and the validity period of the results is 5 years, so you can take the exam first and then apply for the certificate.

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