From SQL Programmer to a CIA Exam Medal Winner, Alessandro Segalini
Alessandro Segalini, CIA
Head of ICT Applications & Business Solutions Team, UniCredit S.p.A.
Member, Associazione Italiana Internal Auditor (AIIA) (IIA‒Italy)
1. What prompted you to become certified?
Some fellow audit colleagues were studying for this exam, and I was curious about better understanding the standards that are the basis of our profession: I am eager to learn. I think that for us ICT auditors, it is important to better understand what we are expected to deliver beyond our “comfort zone.”
2. Did your organization fund your exam fees or preparation materials? If yes, was it the corporate culture or did you have to sell the value of certification?
UniCredit supported me by paying exam and preparation material fees, and the company is well aware of the value of this certification.
3. How many of your colleagues are certified?
Many CAEs within UniCredit’s legal entities are certified or are studying to get certified.
4. How does having an IIA certification set you apart from your non-certified peers?
I am a recognized subject matter expert and for my specific competence area – application audit – but not limited to it.
5. How did you prepare for the exam?
A lot of independent study. My company’s audit manual is based on international standards, so I was already acquainted with them.
6. What advice do you have for others who are seeking certification?
Take enough time for studying and digest the material!
Alessandro Segalini is an electronic engineer working in the IT filed since 1998. He has been with UniCredit since 2005, performing and coordinating onsite audits of complex IT environments in different countries and cultures in his organization’s multiple entities. He leads a team of ICT audit professionals who, usually in cooperation with functional auditors, assess applications supporting business functions. He previously worked as an IT consultant with PwC and IBM, and as an Oracle DBA and programmer for Galbani. Segalini also served as a SQL programmer with the Italian Air Force. He achieved the highest overall score of any candidate on the CIA exam in 2013 and was awarded the William S. Smith Gold Medal Award for this achievement. Segalini also holds his CISA designation.