NOVEMBER 11-15, 2019

NOVEMBER 11-15, 2019
Official Conference of the
International Institute of Business Analysis 


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

11:35 am – 12:35 pm | Presentation | Room: Grand Oaks H

Preparing BAs for Tech Demand: Developing the IIBA Business Analysis Extension Certification in Cyber Security

Presented by: Holly VanHelden


Professional associations identify market demands, and address professional skill gaps by providing members opportunities to learn and hone competencies, and bring critical value to their organization.  As cyber threats continue to pose significant risks to organizations, they are forced to keep pace with advances in technology to protect their critical and sensitive business assets and information.  This requires skilled practitioners across IT disciplines.  As the interface between business and technology, the BA is a key contributor to fortifying an organization's security posture.  The BA Certification in Cyber Security formally qualifies BA's to fulfill this role, and prepares our BA community to meet this ever-growing professional demand.  This presentation tells the story of how a chance meeting at BA 2017, brought a team of professionals with right mix of skills together to develop and launch this BABOK extension certification.

Learning Objectives:

  • The process of taking a body of technical knowledge and transforming it into a certifiable BA capability to meet industry demands; from creation of the syllabus, development of learning content, to launch of the certification exam.
  • As a collective, with support and collaboration from our professional associations, employers, and business partners, we can leverage our experience and knowledge to evolve our practice, strengthen our capabilities, and grow our profession.
  • How the role of the BA in translating technical content to a format that is understood by the audience, was a key competency requirement for this project.


 Holly VanHelden

Holly VanHelden, CBAP

IT Services Consultant

Holly is a seasoned independent IT Professional Services Consultant based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  With her B.Eng. in Industrial Engineering, she began her professional career 20 years ago in the manufacturing industry, during which time she earned her Professional Engineer designation.  Holly then spent a few years in the healthcare field, designing and optimizing healthcare delivery processes and resource models.  For the past several years she has been providing Business Analysis consulting services in the public and private sectors, earning IIBA®’s Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP) designation in 2017.  Holly was honored and thrilled to be part of this certification development team, representing Business Analysts working in the Cyber Security domain, and share with you the delivery journey of this BABOK extension.

Holly's 2018 Presentations:

  1. Preparing BAs for Tech Demand: Developing the IIBA Business Analysis Extension Certification in Cyber Security
    Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (11:35 am – 12:35 pm)

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