Dr. Judy Simon Selected as an ISACA Academic Advocate

For release:  March 9, 2015

Dr. Judy Simon, professor of Management Information Systems, has been selected as an ISACA Academic Advocate and accepted as a member of the Memphis ISACA chapter. Dr. Simon is now part of a worldwide network that has more than 115,000 members in 180 countries. Advocates cover a variety of professional IT related jobs such as IS auditor, consultant, educator, IS security professional, chief information officer, and internal auditor.

Through ISACA, Dr. Simon will provide FCBE students (as well as other interested students) with up-to-date instructional materials related to a wide range of topics that affect information security. Development of additional MIS course content regarding information security and privacy is underway. Most organizations today need help with information security issues, resulting in an increased need for employees with greater awareness of these areas of need, regardless of the type of business.

ISACA is widely recognized for its COBIT framework, as well as its certificates:  CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor), CGEIT (Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT), CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), and CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control), as well as numerous educational materials. They have recently added Cybersecurity to their wealth of training resources. ISACA’s instructional materials are designed to provide greater awareness among students regarding those topics, while also providing an introduction to topics covered in more depth in their Certificate programs.

A recent article titled, “15 Top-Paying Certifications for 2015” was published in the February edition of Global Knowledge. This article focused much of its discussion on the top five highest-paying certificates, with a comment that business fields were “holding their own.” Four of the top five certificates are specifically related to security, and three of those top five are ISACA certificates.