[6] IT Training ProductssL ISACA and Open Group

****This is part 6 of a series of columns on how to select training for IT Make sure you have read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 before you read this column.****

Looking at the top list of important certifications we see ISACA moving to places in the top ten with their governance standard, COBIT and the different standards for IT Security:

  • CISA: Certified Information Systems Auditor
  • CISM: Certified Information Security Manager
  • CGEIT: Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT
  • CRISC: Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control
  • For COBIT exams can be taken on line by APMG
  • ISACA is relating their programs to other standards, like ITIL and ISO standards.

See: www.isaca.org

ISACA certifications are for different job roles in Governance and Security. On the basic levels for persons who have to do with the topics in different job roles. At the top level, like CISA it is for responsible persons for IT Security and auditors and CIO’s (Chief Information Officers).

Open Group
The Open Group is relatively new but has come up lately as an important certification institute, supported by important big Organizations, like IBM, Cap Gemini, Oracle and Philips.

Most well known certification program is TOGAF (The Open Group certification for enterprise Architects and IT). Exams are taken at Prometric test centers and the accreditation of the Training Providers is outsourced to APMG.

Other Open Group programs are all standards for an open and independent model for qualifying different skills:

  • Archimate: as a modeling language for enterprise architecture
  • Open Group Certified Architect: for enterprise architects and IT specialists
  • Open Group Certified IT Specialist: for qualifying the skills, knowledge and experience of IT, Business and Enterprise Architects
  • Open Fair: for Factor Analysis of Information Risk
  • And the newest: IT4IT

The Open Group IT4IT Reference Architecture is a standard reference architecture and value chain-based operating model for managing the business of IT.

The Open Group is assessing the candidates by different tests and programs with peers that are involved to coach candidates and lead them to different levels. The programs are related to SFIA and E-CF.

Certified persons, based on the Open Group program have different roles in the field of IT Architecture and Risk Management. They can be CIO’s or IT Architects or responsible for different roles in this field

See: www.theopengroup.org

ISACA and the Open Group are member organizations, meaning that individuals are able to have a membership to achieve different levels of certification-, or to be informed about the programs and publications.

The next column will deal with trainings provided by ISTQB and IREB.

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