I recently decided to pursue the IIBA® and IEEE® Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis (IIBA®-CCA), and would like to share my experience with those of you who might want to know more about it. Last year my employer had decided to implement the NIST cybersecurity framework across our entire enterprise; that along with the continued increase in potential security threats throughout our daily lives encouraged me to increase my cybersecurity knowledge. After approximately six weeks of study and preparation I was able to successfully pass the exam.
The CCA exam consists of 75 multiple choice questions that have to be answered within 90 minutes. In addition to paying the exam fee, I decided to purchase the IIBA’s Cybersecurity Analysis Learning Materials, which includes a PDF document that covers the content and an interactive set of eLearning modules. The modules include a full practice exam as well as frequent practice questions scattered throughout the material. These followed a wide variety of formats, and even through they did not follow the strict multiple-choice format of the actual exam I felt they were effective in helping me learn the material and be successful with the exam.
I found preparing for the exam with the study materials to be very useful and enlightening. I had quite a bit of familiarity with many of the topics from past experience, but I was exposed to several areas that were new to me. The material does an excellent job of relating the concepts to the BABOK and to the practice of Business Analysis in general. The PDF document will be an excellent resource for future reference.
I recommend that other BA’s consider pursuing the CCA, even if your work does not directly focus on cybersecurity. It’s an area that we all should be knowledgeable in these days, and an awareness of it will enhance practically any project on which you may be working.
More info about the CCA can be found a IIBA Cybersecurity Analysis Certification page.