The Road to ISACA 50
Follow along as we gear up for our 50th anniversary in 2019 and help us count down to the future!

By: Dario Sarlo | September 20, 2018

In his keynote speech at the 1974 EDP Auditors Conference, National President of EDP Auditors Association Bud Friedman reflected on the EDP auditor’s role and ideal qualities. One interesting observation he shared on the importance of soft skills was, “…another attribute of the EDP auditor must be the same as a psychologist or politician… and I think that might be the toughest part of the job—knowing how to be critical without being overbearing… how to recommend improvements without appearing to judge or be critical of someone’s performance…how to be constructive and to have recommendations accepted.”

Bud Friedman's 1974 keynote speech

By: Dario Sarlo | July 16, 2018

In the spirit of milestone celebrations, let’s not forget that 40 years ago this week, ISACA (then EDPAA) launched its first professional certification, the Certified Data Processing Auditor designation. The name was later changed to the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Created to credential current EDPAA auditors and help establish role clarity and hiring decisions for future IT auditors, the launch came with a one-year grandfathering period for those already in the profession. Written exams began in early 1981 following trial exams and the establishment of continuing education policies. The impact is clear—IT auditors today are rarely hired without a CISA certification on their CV.

ISACA has since created the Certified Inform...

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By: Dario Sarlo | March 26, 2018

Technology marvels came fast and furious in the 1970s, including the arrival of email (1971), the compact disc (1972) and modems that enabled computers to talk to each other over phone lines (1973). By the end of the decade, more than half a million computers were in use in the United States. However, technology continued to move faster than controls. In 1977, only 15 percent of corporations polled had an EDP audit function.

ISACA cartoons reflected the increased speed of technology, often faster than internal protocols.

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