The International Association of Privacy Professionals CIPM Certification


The Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) is one of several popular privacy-focused certifications offered by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to education about data privacy.

Privacy has become a top issue for organizations in recent years. The issue of data privacy received worldwide attention in 2013 when Edward Snowden revealed the degree of surveillance being carried out by the NSA, and more recently, the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica privacy debacle brought the issue back into the news. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) also went into effect in May 2018. This means that any company that deals with EU citizens as customers, employees or clients will have to apply the GDPR principles of privacy and data protection to any personal and sensitive data they process.

The increased focus around privacy and data security has driven interest in privacy certifications like the CIPM.

What is the CIPM Certification?

The CIPM certification is a dual-purpose credential. Passing a CIPM exam demonstrates your ability not only to understand data privacy regulations and laws, but also how to implement a privacy framework in an organization. The certificate is designed specifically for those with a more managerial role in the world of data privacy.

The CIPM certification process evaluates your competence in establishing data privacy policy and strategy. Unlike many other privacy exams, it will also look at your capabilities in communicating privacy expectations to stakeholders and how to measure the performance of your company’s privacy strategy. There are four aspects to the CIPM exam:

  1. Assess an organization’s privacy regime
  2. Protect an organization by knowing which security controls and technology to use
  3. Sustain an organization’s privacy program using appropriate communication, training and management
  4. Respond to privacy incidents

The CIPM certificate is an accredited exam under ISO 17024: 2012.

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