IS Graduate Benefits

The founding organization of the model curriculum - ISACA - has become the leading IT governance, assurance, security and control organization. The approximately 50,000 consultants, academics, security professionals, IS auditors and senior executives who make up ISACA have established 170 chapters worldwide. ISACA’s IS Auditing and IS Control Standards are followed by practitioners worldwide and its Certified Information Systems Auditor™ (CISA®) certification is recognized globally and has been earned by more than 44,000 professionals. [More history about ISACA]

BBA in Information Systems [BBA(IS)] of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology was the FIRST university program in Asia/Asia-Pacific, and the SECOND undergraduate program in the world found to be in alignment with the ISACA Model Curriculum. Graduates of the BBA(IS) program (who have fulfilled certain course requirements) can waive 3-4 years off the 5-year requirements for obtaining the Certified Information Systems Auditor™ (CISA®) designation - which is a preferred certification program by individuals and organizations in the field of IS audit, control and security around the world. Please read the "Curriculum" section for the details of course requirements.

CISA Overview

CISA Certification Overview

The mark of excellence for a professional certification program is the value and recognition it bestows on the individual who achieves it. Since 1978, the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) program, sponsored by ISACA®, has been the globally accepted standard of achievement among information systems (IS) audit, control and security professionals.

The technical skills and practices that CISA promotes and evaluates are the building blocks of success in the field. Possessing the CISA designation demonstrates proficiency and is the basis for measurement in the profession. With a growing demand for professionals possessing IS audit, control and security skills, CISA has become a preferred certification program by individuals and organizations around the world. CISA certification signifies commitment to serving an organization and the IS audit, control and security industry with distinction. In addition, it presents a number of professional and personal benefits.

Worldwide Recognition

Although certification may not be mandatory for you at this time, a growing number of organizations are 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 technical practices. CISA delivers such a program. CISA is recognized worldwide, by all industries, as the preferred designation for IS audit, control and security professionals.

More than 50,000 professionals have earned the CISA since inception, so clearly many people agree: earning the CISA is a good career move.

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Career Opportunities

CISA Certification became a very hot certification in the past few years, and also became a required qualification for some senior positions. Having CISA qualification on top of your BBA(IS) degree give you a better career opportunity and advancement in certain job areas, including:

  • Information Systems Auditor
  • Internal Auditor
  • Financial Auditor
  • Information Technology Analyst/Consultant
  • Information Technology Security Analyst/Consultant
  • Business Process Analyst

BBA(IS) graduates not only have the ability to work well in IT industry like acting as programmer or system analyst, but also can make use of their IS knowledge to develop the career in some professional companies like CPA firms and business management consulting service companies.

Information about the career opportunities of IS Audit, Assurance, Control and Security is highly available on the Internet, you may feel free to search for the information for your reference.