How to Become a Certified Information Security Manager

Authors: Brad Puckett and Ryan Day

This Certification Prep Guide provides an overview of ISACA’s Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification and offers helpful tips that you can use when preparing for your CISM certification exam.

Why get certified as an Information Security Manager?

ISACA’s Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification validates the skills necessary to manage, design and assess an enterprise’s information security. Professionals with this unique skill set are in high demand and short supply. According to the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report, 38% of worldwide IT decision-makers have struggled to find qualified cybersecurity professionals. This is the fourth straight year cybersecurity has been the most challenging hiring area.


This global shortage of cybersecurity professionals has created an in-demand market for individuals who are willing to rise to the challenge and build their information security skill set.