Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) has been a globally accepted standard of achievement among IS audit, control and security professionals. CISA is recognized worldwide, by all industries, as the preferred designation for IS audit, control and security. To present a little overview of this certification, CISA was established in 1978 by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). Today, over 50,000 candidates have earned the CISA designation. A growing number of companies are coming to understand the importance of the CISA certification. For example, In the United States, assistant examiners employed by the US Federal Reserve Banks must pass the CISA examination before they are eligible for commissioning.

Why Companies hire CISA Certified people

With a growing demand for individuals possessing IS audit, control and security skills, CISA has become a preferred certification program by individuals and organizations around the world.

CISA employees:

  • Are highly qualified, experienced professionals
  • Provide the enterprise with a certification for IT assurance that is recognized by multinational clients, lending credibility to the enterprise
  • Are excellent indicators of proficiency in technology controls
  • Demonstrate competence in five domains, including standards and practices; organization and management; processes; integrity, confidentiality and availability; and software development, acquisition and maintenance
  • Demonstrate a commitment to providing the enterprise with trust in and value from your information systems
  • Maintain ongoing professional development for successful on-the-job performance 

Who should attend

  • Internal and external auditors
  • IT professionals
  • Information Security professionals
  • IT & Technology Governance professionals
  • Finance/CPA professionals

Benefits of CISA Certificate

  • Confirms your knowledge and experience
  • Quantifies and markets your expertise
  • Demonstrates that you have gained and maintained the level of knowledge required to meet the dynamic challenges of a modern enterprise
  • Is globally recognized as the mark of excellence for the IS audit professional
  • Combines the achievement of passing a comprehensive exam with recognition of work and educational experience, providing you with credibility in the marketplace.
  • Increases your value to your organization
  • Gives you a competitive advantage over peers when seeking job growth
  • Helps you achieve a high professional standard through ISACA’s requirements for continuing education and ethical conduct

1 - The IS Audit Process

  • ISACA IS Auditing Standards, Guidelines and Procedures and Code of Professional Ethics
  • IS auditing practices and techniques
  • Techniques to gather information and preserve evidence (e.g., observation, inquiry, interview, CAATs, electronic media)
  • The evidence life cycle (e.g., the collection, protection, chain of custody)
  • Control objectives and controls related to IS (e.g., CobiT)
  • Risk assessment in an audit context
  • Audit planning and management techniques
  • Reporting and communication techniques (e.g., facilitation, negotiation, conflict resolution)
  • Control self-assessment (CSA)
  • Continuous audit techniques

2 - IT Governance

  • The purpose of IT strategies, policies, standards and procedures for an organization and the essential elements of each
  • IT governance frameworks
  • The processes for the development, implementation and maintenance of IT strategies, policies, standards and procedures (e.g., protection of information assets, business continuity and disaster recovery, systems and infrastructure lifecycle management, IT service delivery and support)
  • Quality management strategies and policies
  • Organizational structure, roles and responsibilities related to the use and management of IT
  • Generally accepted international IT standards and guidelines
  • Enterprise IT architecture and its implications for setting long-term strategic directions
  • Risk management methodologies and tools
  • The use of control frameworks (e.g., CobiT, COSO, ISO 17799)
  • The use of maturity and process improvement models (e.g., CMM, CobiT)
  • Contracting strategies, processes and contract management practices 2.12 practices for monitoring and reporting of IT performance (e.g., balanced scorecards, key performance indicators [KPI])
  • Relevant legislative and regulatory issues (e.g., privacy, intellectual property, corporate governance requirements)
  • IT human resources (personnel) management
  • IT resource investment and allocation practices (e.g., portfolio management return on investment (ROI))

3 - Systems and Infrastructure Life Cycle

  • Benefits management practices, (e.g., feasibility studies, business cases)
  • Project governance mechanisms (e.g., steering committee, project oversight board)
  • Project management practices, tools, and control frameworks
  • Risk management practices applied to projects
  • Project success criteria and risks
  • Configuration, change and release management in relation to the development and maintenance of systems and/or infrastructure
  • Control objectives and techniques that ensure the completeness, accuracy, validity, and authorization of transactions and data within IT systems applications
  • Enterprise architecture related to data, applications, and technology (e.g., distributed applications, web-based applications, web services, n-tier applications)
  • Requirements analysis and management practices (e.g., requirements verification, traceability, gap analysis)
  • Acquisition and contract management processes (e.g., evaluation of vendors, preparation of contracts, vendor management, escrow)
  • System development methodologies and tools and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses (e.g., agile development practices, prototyping, rapid application development [RAD], object-oriented design techniques)
  • Quality assurance methods
  • The management of testing processes (e.g., test strategies, test plans, test environments, entry and exit criteria)
  • Data conversion tools, techniques, and procedures
  • System and/or infrastructure disposal procedures
  • Software and hardware certification and accreditation practices
  • Post-implementation review objectives and methods (e.g., project closure, benefits realization, performance measurement)
  • System migration and infrastructure deployment practices

4 - IT Service Delivery and Support

  • Service level management practices
  • Operations management best practices (e.g., workload scheduling, network services management, preventive maintenance)
  • Systems performance monitoring processes, tools, and techniques (e.g., network analyzers, system utilization reports, load balancing)
  • The functionality of hardware and network components (e.g., routers, switches, firewalls, peripherals)
  • Database administration practices
  • The functionality of system software including operating systems, utilities, and database management systemsCapacity planning and monitoring techniques
  • Processes for managing scheduled and emergency changes to the production systems and/or infrastructure including change, configuration, release, and patch management practices
  • Incident/problem management practices (e.g., help desk, escalation procedures, tracking)
  • Software licensing and inventory practices
  • System resiliency tools and techniques (e.g., fault tolerant hardware, elimination of single point of failure, clustering)

5 - Protection of Information Assets

  • The techniques for the design, implementation and monitoring of security (e.g., threat and risk assessment, sensitivity analysis, privacy impact assessment)
  • Logical access controls for the identification, authentication, and restriction of users to authorized functions and data (e.g., dynamic passwords, challenge/response, menus, profiles)
  • Logical access security architectures (e.g., single sign-on, user identification strategies, identity management)
  • Attack methods and techniques (e.g., hacking, spoofing, Trojan horses, denial of service, spamming)
  • Processes related to monitoring and responding to security incidents (e.g., escalation procedures, emergency incident response team)
  • Network and Internet security devices, protocols, and techniques (e.g., SSL, SET, VPN, NAT)
  • Intrusion detection systems and firewall configuration, implementation, operation, and maintenance
  • Encryption algorithm techniques (e.g., AESRSA)
  • Public key infrastructure (PKI) components (e.g., certification authorities, registration authorities) and digital signature techniques
  • Virus detection tools and control techniques
  • Security testing and assessment tools (e.g., penetration testing, vulnerability scanning)
  • Environmental protection practices and devices (e.g., fire suppression, cooling systems, water sensors)
  • Physical security systems and practices (e.g., biometrics, access cards, cipher locks, tokens)
  • Data classification schemes (e.g., public, confidential, private, and sensitive data)
  • Voice communications security (e.g., voice over IP)
  • The processes and procedures used to store, retrieve, transport, and dispose of confidential information assets
  • Controls and risks associated with the use of portable and wireless devices (e.g., PDAs, USB devices, Bluetooth devices)

6 - Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

  • Data backup, storage, maintenance, retention and restoration processes, and practices
  • Regulatory, legal, contractual, and insurance issues related to business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Business impact analysis (BIA)
  • The development and maintenance of the business continuity and disaster recovery plans
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery testing approaches and methods
  • Human resources management practices as related to business continuity and disaster recovery (e.g., evacuation planning, response teams)
  • Processes used to invoke the business continuity and disaster recovery plans
  • Types of alternate processing sites and methods used to monitor the contractual agreements (e.g., hot sites, warm sites, cold sites)

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