ISACA's CISM Named Best Professional Certification Program by SC Media

Schaumburg, Ill. (26 February 2020) — ISACA's Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification was recognized as the Best Professional Certification Program Tuesday in the SC Awards at RSA Conference 2020.


"We are honored that SC Media recognized CISM as the Best Professional Certification Program," says Nader Qaimari, chief learning officer of ISACA. "The CISM credential allows professionals to meet employers' urgent need for experienced information security managers who understand business concepts. In an era when enterprises are recognizing that information security must be strongly represented at the upper levels of an organization, the CISM credential is increasingly resonant and helps security practitioners who are interested in a management track to take the next step in their career pathing."


This is the second time in three years CISM has been designated as Best Professional Certification Program by SC Media. The SC Awards' Professional Awards recognizes leading industry groups and academic institutions that provide continuous learning for information security practitioners and their colleagues. Winners were decided by SC Media's editorial team with the assistance of the SC Awards co-chairs. ISACA's Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification was among the finalists for the award.


CISM provides professionals with a credential that allows them to transition from security technologist roles to management roles in enterprise information security. As information security has become an enterprise-wide imperative, CISM addresses the need for security practitioners to develop the management skills needed to connect IT security programs with executive leadership. CISM (established in 2002) surpassed 50,000 all-time certification-holders within the past year.


Last year, ISACA was recognized as one of the "Most Important Industry Organizations of the Last 30 Years" by SC Media. ISACA is known for its industry-leading credentialing program, which also includes the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and CSX Cybersecurity Practitioner (CSX-P) certification. More than 230,000 certifications have been achieved since inception, with a retention rate of between 95-97 percent. ISACA certifications are consistently ranked among the highest-paying IT certifications in the industry and annually recognized as premier industry certification programs by SC Media and other industry leaders.


CISM, CRISC and CISA were also recently included among Global Knowledge's 2020 list of top-paying certifications. To learn more about ISACA's credentialing program, visit


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