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A Complete Guide: How to Become Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control

Feb. 04, 2020
Brad Puckett and Ryan Day

What is the CRISC certification?

According to ISACA, more than 24,000 professionals have earned their CRISC certification since it launched in 2010. CRISC demonstrates the ability to identify and evaluate IT risk, and provide insight on that risk from an overall organizational perspective.

Standard IT professionals often lack the skills to conduct a valid risk analysis. Having a CRISC-certified individual on staff is vital to ensure risk is properly scrutinized and business objectives are met.

To achieve this certification, an individual must take and pass the CRISC certification exam, consisting of 150 questions and four job practice domains:

  1. IT Risk Identification
  2. IT Risk Assessment
  3. Risk Response and Mitigation
  4. Risk Control, Monitoring and Reporting

The exam assesses knowledge, as well as abilities that a risk and information systems control specialist would be expected to demonstrate on the job.

CRISC is one of the most popular cybersecurity certifications—it’s fifth among the most held and sixth among the most pursued according to 2019 data.


Who should take the CRISC exam?

CRISC is an essential certification for IT risk management professionals, control and compliance professionals, and business analysts who are responsible for identifying and managing risks through the development, implementation and maintenance of information systems (IS) controls.

CRISC-holders can be relied on to make effective risk-based decisions and prioritize areas that are most at risk.

At least three years of relevant work experience in two of the four CRISC domains are also required for certification, though the work can be completed after taking the exam.

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