Top governance, risk and compliance (GRC) certifications – Part 4

Organizations that must adhere to regulations for data security, financial accountability and consumer privacy increasingly find it difficult to do without someone to make sure internal processes are being carried out properly. This is exactly where the need for competent governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) professionals arises. The goal of GRC is to ensure that proper policies and controls are in place to reduce risk, to set up a system of checks and balances to alert personnel when new risks materialize and to manage business processes more efficiently and proactively. All kinds of job roles including CIO, IT security analyst, security engineer or architect, information assurance program manager and senior IT auditor require or benefit from a GRC certification. Read on to learn about some top GRC certifications.

ITIL Expert

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certifications are tied to the ITIL framework. The framework describes best practices for designing, implementing and managing a wide variety of IT service projects. In the ITIL language, certifications are referred to as “qualifications,” which create a classic certification ladder beginning with the basic-level ITIL Foundation and culminating with the pinnacle ITIL Master. ITIL Expert is one rung below the Master level.

With the ITIL Expert qualification, an ITIL Expert gains a deep understanding of ITIL service best practices as they apply across an IT environment and not just to one service area. It is safe to say that the Expert is able to support an organization by bridging service lifecycle stages, seeing the big picture as a sum of the parts.

You must first earn the ITIL Foundation certificate or a Bridge qualification equivalent to achieve the ITIL Expert qualification, and then acquire at least 17 credits per the ITIL Credit System. In the end, take an approved training course and pass the Managing Across the Lifecycle (MALC) exam. While training costs vary among vendors, expect to pay in the range of $1,800 (online) to $5,000 (classroom), which includes training and the exam.

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