Who is the course designed for?

Enterprises demand IS audit professionals that possess the knowledge and expertise to help them identify critical issues and customize practices to support trust in and value from information systems. The skills and practices that CISA promotes and evaluates are the building blocks of success in the field. Possessing the CISA demonstrates proficiency and is the basis for measurement in the profession. This 40 hours CISA course is the perfect intensive preparation course for the CISA exam and is run by ISACA’s CISA materials. The CISA exam changes every year, and the course is updated to reflect the latest official guidance on content and exam questions. This course works through the areas featured in the 6 domains which make up the CISA exam. It will offer you concise exam preparation to give you all you need to feel ready for sitting the exam – and passing first time!

What are the course objectives?

  • 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 anagement; 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 onthe-job performance

Audience & Prerequisites:

  • Internal and external auditors
  • Finance/CPA professionals
  • IT professionals
  • Information Security professionals
  • Security Professionals
  • Non-IT Auditors

Duration: 40 Hours

Course Details:

The course and examination covers the current, official ISACA material in the following areas:

The Process of Auditing Information Systems:

  • IT Audit and Assurance Standards, Guidelines and Tools and Techniques, Code of Professional Ethics and other applicable standards
  • Risk assessment concepts, tools and techniques in an audit context
  • Control objectives and controls related to information systems
  • Audit planning and audit project management techniques, including follow-up
  • Fundamental business processes, including relevant IT
  • Applicable laws and regulations which affect the scope, evidence collection and preservation, and frequency of audits
  • Evidence collection techniques used to gather, protect and preserve audit evidence
  • Sampling methodologies
  • Reporting and communication techniques
  • Audit quality assurance systems and frameworks

Governance and Management of IT:

  • IT governance, management, security and control frameworks, and related standards, guidelines, and practices
  • The purpose of IT strategy, policies, standards and procedures for an organization and the essential elements of each
  • Organizational structure, roles and responsibilities related to IT
  • Processes for the development, implementation and maintenance of IT strategy, policies, standards and procedures
  • Organization’s technology direction and IT architecture and their implications for setting long-term strategic directions
  • Relevant laws, regulations and industry standards affecting the organization
  • Quality management systems
  • Maturity models
  • Process optimization techniques
  • IT resource investment and allocation practices, including prioritization criteria
  • IT supplier selection, contract management, relationship management and performance monitoring processes including third party outsourcing relationships
  • Enterprise risk management
  • Monitoring and reporting of IT performance
  • IT human resources (personnel) management practices used to invoke the business continuity plan
  • Business impact analysis (BIA) related to business continuity planning
  • The standards and procedures for the development and maintenance of the business continuity plan and testing methods
  • Information Systems Acquisition, Development, and Implementation:
  • Benefits realisation practices
  • Project governance mechanisms
  • Project management control frameworks, practices and tools
  • Risk management practices applied to projects
  • IT architecture related to data, applications and technology
  • Acquisition practices
  • Analysis and management practices
  • Project success criteria and risks Control objectives and techniques that ensure the completeness, accuracy, validity and authorization of transactions and data
  • System development methodologies and tools including their strengths and weaknesses esting methodologies and practices related to information systems development
  • Configuration and release management relating to the development of information systems
  • System migration and infrastructure deployment practices and data conversion tools, techniques and procedures.
  • Post-implementation review objectives and Practices

Information Systems Operations, Maintenance and Support:

  • Service level management practices and the components within a service level agreement
  • Techniques for monitoring third party compliance with the organization’s internal controls
  • Operations and end-user procedures for managing scheduled and non-scheduled processes
  • Technology concepts related to hardware and network components, system software and database management systems
  • Control techniques that ensure the integrity of system interfaces
  • Software licensing and inventory practices
  • System resiliency tools and techniques
  • Database administration practices
  • Capacity planning and related monitoring tools and techniques
  • Systems performance monitoring processes, tools and techniques
  • Problem and incident management practices Processes, for managing scheduled and nonscheduled changes to the production systems and/or infrastructure including change,
  • configuration, release and patch management practices
  • Data backup, storage, maintenance, retention and restoration practices
  • Regulatory, legal, contractual and insurance issues related to disaster recovery
  • Business impact analysis (BIA) related to disaster recovery planning
  • Development and maintenance of disaster recovery plans
  • Alternate processing sites and methods used to monitor the contractual agreements
  • Processes used to invoke the disaster recovery plans
  • Disaster recovery testing methods

 Protection of Information Assets:

  • Techniques for the design, implementation, and monitoring of security controls, including security awareness programs
  • Processes related to monitoring and responding to security incidents
  • Logical access controls for the identification, authentication and restriction of users to authorized functions and data
  • Security controls related to hardware, system software, and database management systems.
  • Risks and controls associated with virtualization of systems
  • Configuration, implementation, operation and maintenance of network security controls
  • Network and Internet security devices, protocols, and techniques
  • Information system attack methods and techniques
  • Detection tools and control techniques
  • Security testing techniques
  • Risks and controls associated with data leakage
  • Encryption-related techniques Public key infrastructure (PKI) components and digital signature techniques
  • Risks and controls associated with peer-to-peer computing, instant messaging, and web-based Technologies
  • Controls and risks associated with the use of mobile & wireless devices Voice communications security
  • Evidence preservation techniques and processes followed in forensics investigations
  • Data classification standards and supporting procedures
  • Physical access controls for the identification , authentication and restriction of users to authorized Facilities
  • Environmental protection devices and supporting practices
  • Processes and procedures used to store, retrieve, transport and dispose of confidential information assets

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