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CISM has received ANSI Accreditation.

ISACA will offer an additional Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) exam administration on Saturday, 7 September 2013, at select locations around the globe.

Seating for the September CISA and CISM exams will be limited and guaranteed only through the final registration deadline date. The exams will be available in all languages in which CISA and CISM exams are currently offered. Registration for the September 2013 exam will open on Wednesday, 24 April 2013.

Starting with the 2013 exams, CISA and CISM exam results will be released within approximately 5 weeks (rather than the current 8 weeks) of each exam administration date. Additionally, September and December exam registration deadlines have been reworked to permit later registrations, thereby allowing those who test in June 2013 to also test in September 2013, if desired.

Included below are key dates related to the September 2013 CISA and CISM exams:

Exam date 7 September 2013
Early registration deadline 12 June 2013
Final registration deadline 22 July 2013

Exam administrations for all four ISACA certifications (CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC) will continue to be administered on the June and December schedule—8 June and 14 December 2013.


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Key Information—June 2012 BOI:
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The CISM certification program is developed specifically for experienced information security managers and those who have information security management responsibilities.

What is CISM?

The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification is a unique management-focused certification that has been earned by more than 13,000 professionals since its introduction in 2003. Unlike other security certifications, CISM is for the individual who manages, designs, oversees and assesses an enterprise's information security.

Who Earns CISM Certification?

CISM certification is for individuals who design, build and manage enterprise information security and who have experience in the following areas:

  • Information Security Governance
  • Information Risk Management
  • Information Security Program Development
  • Information Security Program Management
  • Incident Management and Response

Please see Candidate’s Guide for CISM certification


CISM demonstrates proven experience: The demand for skilled information security management professionals is on the rise. Earning a CISM designation will give you a competitive advantage. Many enterprises and government agencies increasingly recognize, require and expect their IS and IT professionals to hold this certification. Being a CISM:

  • Demonstrates your understanding of the relationship between an information security program and broader business goals and objectives.
  • Distinguishes you as having not only information security expertise, but also knowledge and experience in the development and management of an information security program.
  • Puts you in an elite peer network

CISM enhances credibility and recognition: CISM is globally recognized as the leading credential for information security managers. CISM combines the achievement of passing a comprehensive exam with recognition of work, management and educational experience, providing you with greater credibility in the marketplace.

CISM means higher earning potential and career advancement: Recent independent studies consistently rank CISM as one of the top two highest paying and sought after IT certifications.

Worldwide Recognition

Although certification may not be mandatory for you at this time, a growing number of organizations are requiring or recommending that employees become certified. To help ensure success in the global marketplace, it is vital to select a certification program based on universally accepted information security management practices. CISM delivers such a program.

" The CISSP certification long ago made the gold standard, but infosec execs are now wisely adding the new CISM certification. Why the push? The advanced-level CISM better addresses the interdependency between business needs and IT security by focusing on risk management and security organizational issues."
-- David Foote, Foote Partners, LLC, SC Magazine, July 2005 

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