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ISACA Launches Digital Badges for Credential Verification

24/03/2014 by


ISACA is taking steps against fraudulent security credentialing with the introduction of digital badges for individuals who have completed one of the group’s training processes.

ISACA is using Open Badges technology to underpin the web-based credentials, and they’re available for individuals who have earned the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and/or Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certifications.

The badges are essentially secure digital representations of the ISACAcredential and can be embedded into a résumé, emails, personal websites, and social and professional networking websites, including Facebook and LinkedIn. Displaying an open badge across several platforms offers employers and others single-click access to verify and evaluate the individuals’ achievement.

When a prospective employer or anyone else clicks on it, the badge calls up a standardized set of metadata that verifies the certification, the qualifications needed and the process required to earn it.

“ISACA credentials are in demand by employers worldwide, and we are glad to offer our certification holders the opportunity to utilize open badges to demonstrate their accomplishments,” said Allan Boardman, international vice president of ISACA and chair of ISACA’s Credentialing and Career Management Board, in a statement. “Open Badges offer an efficient method for current and potential employers to validate a certification, and also give certification holders a simple and effective opportunity to tell their professional story and enhance their recognition.”

To make it happen, ISACA partnered with Pearson using a new open standard for communicating learning, called Mozilla Open Badges. The Girl Scouts, NASA, the Smithsonian and Intel are all using the non-proprietary technology. As Mozilla describes it, if a digital badge is an online representation of a skill that’s been earned, “Open Badges take that concept one step further, and allows you to verify your skills, interests and achievements through credible organizations. And because the system is based on an open standard, you can combine multiple badges from different issuers to tell the complete story of your achievements — both online and off. Display your badges wherever you want them on the web, and share them for employment, education or lifelong learning.”

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