IS/IT Certifications: Which Is the Right Choice?

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The accounting profession has a variety of licenses and certificates that attest to an individual's ability to conduct financial statement audits. perform management accounting functions, conduct internal audits, and offer financial management services. The variety reflects the wide array of skills that accountants can possess and services they can provide. In the information technology (IT) and information systems (IS) area, three vendor-neutral certifications are available: Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified lnformation Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Determining an individual's level of technical expertise, however, presents a dilemma for potential users and providers of technology services. The nature of the IT field allows many individuals with no training or experience to call themselves "IT consultants" or "security specialists." In addition. because of legal liability concerns, it is vital that IT consultants have proper training and sufficient knowledge for the services they provide. Certifications are a way to identify qualified consultants.


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