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IIBA CCA vs. ISO 27001 Lead Auditor: Which one should you go for?

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LN Mishra, CBAP, CBDA, AAC & CCA

This is a question that arises in many information security and business analysis professional’s mind. Both IIBA CCA and ISO 27001 deal with information security. So, which one should pursue? 

I am among very few BA professionals who have done both the certifications. I consulted more than 10 clients to implement ISO 27001 in their organizations and it was indeed a great learning process. I thoroughly enjoyed my ISO 27001 Lead Auditor training.

Similarly, I took IIBA CCA certification few months back and again was pleasantly surprised about new aspects those I learnt as part of my CCA preparations process.

Let's do a comparison between the 2 certifications below.

CCA vs ISO

 

Domain

IIBA CCA Domains

ISO 27001 Domains

1

Cybersecurity Overview and Basic Concepts

Information security policies

2

Enterprise Risk

Organization of information security

3

Cybersecurity Risks and Controls

Human resource security

4

Securing the Layers

Asset management

5

Data Security

Access control

6

User Access Control

Cryptography

7

Solution Delivery

Physical and environmental security

8

Operations

Operations security

9

 

Communications security

10

 

System acquisition, development and maintenance

11

 

Supplier relationships

12

 

Information security incident management

13

 

Information security aspects of business continuity management

14

 

Compliance

 

IIBA-CCA Recommended -

  • Business analysts
  • To become enterprise / strategic level BA
  • If your organization has IIBA CCA certifications as part of the competency framework
  • Part of BA Center of Excellence/BA Competency team

ISO 27001 LA Recommended –

  • Members of Organizational Infosec team
  • If your organization has ISO 27001 LA certifications as part of the competency framework
  • If your organization has implemented or plan

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