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Pass the CISA® exam on the first attempt

The Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®) qualification acts as a career differentiator for security professionals or IT managers who wish to enhance their marketability and credibility. This is an ideal path for those looking at a long-term career in Information Systems Auditing. This course is highly recommended for IS/IT auditors, IT managers, Audit Managers, Security Managers, System Analysts, Consultants, and even CIOs and CTOs.

The CISA certification demonstrates proficiency in information systems audit and is highly sought after by both professionals and employers alike. Gaining this internationally recognised qualification will increase recognition in the marketplace and build your influence in the workplace. This Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) training course will prepare you to undertake ISACA’s challenging CISA exam and is designed to equip you with the knowledge required to achieve a first-time pass.

  • Length: 4 days
  • Level: Advanced
CISA Exam Prep agenda

CISA core curriculum

This course provides the core CISA competencies required by professionals planning to sit the CISA exam and prepares you for the exam systematically and comprehensively. The program mirrors the examination structure and covers the five CISA job practice domains:

  • Domain 1: Information Systems Auditing Process. The content area for this domain will represent approximately 21% of the CISA examination – 21 questions.
  • Domain 2: Governance & Management of IT. The content area for this domain will represent approximately 17% of the CISA examination – 26 questions.
  • Domain 3: Information Systems Acquisition, Development & Implementation. The content area for this domain will represent approximately 12% of the CISA examination – 18 questions.
  • Domain 4: Information Systems Operations & Business Resilience. The content area for this domain will represent approximately 23% of the CISA examination – 34 questions.
  • Domain 5: Protection of Information Assets. The content area for this domain will represent approximately 27% of the CISA examination – 41 questions.

The percentages indicate the emphasis of questions on the exam paper. During the course, you will cover the following aspects for each Domain:

  • Definition
  • Objectives
  • Task and knowledge statements
  • Practice exam questions

You will learn:

👍 How to effectively plan and conduct audits of information systems?
👍 How to ensure governance in the field of information technology?
👍 How to ensure security throughout the entire lifecycle of an information system, including procurement, customization, development, testing, deployment, maintenance, operation, and support of IT services/systems?
👍 How to properly do the audit of traditional, hybrid, and Agile projects or programmes?
👍 What tools, frameworks, standards, and guidelines should be utilized to ensure information security within an organization?
👍 How to validate one’s knowledge and pass the international ISACA CISA exam?

The study program includes:

  • An initial CISA knowledge assessment
  • Classroom presentations of key topics
  • Individual/team exercises and discussion sessions
  • Final exam preparation with example practice questions

Who should attend?

  • CSO, CISO, CIO
  • IT Auditors (internal and external)
  • IT Audit Managers
  • IT Consultants
  • Security Managers
  • System Analysts
  • Finance/CPA professionals
  • IT professionals
  • IT Governance Professionals
  • Security Professionals
  • Information Security Professionals
  • Individuals who want to learn information systems auditing.
  • Professionals who want to pursue a career in information systems auditing.
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The CISA exam

To earn a CISA certification, candidates must pass the CISA test with a score of at least 450 (out of a possible 800) and have at least five years of professional experience in information systems auditing, assurance, control, or security. The previous experience requirement must have been within the last ten years preceding the application date for certification.

The CISA examination runs a multiple-choice format and consists of a long, 4-hour session (240 minutes) with 150 questions. The examination tests the candidate’s knowledge of Information System audit principles and practices, the ITAF framework, as well as technical content areas.

ISACA uses and reports scores on a common scale from 200 to 800.
  • A candidate must receive a score of 450 or higher to pass.
  • A score of 800 represents a perfect score with all questions answered correctly.
  • A score of 200 represents the lowest score possible and signifies only a small number of questions were answered correctly.

CISA Exam

The exam is not taken during this training course. Exam session needs to be booked directly using the ISACA website. My personal training experience shows that delegates have the highest chance of success if they sit the exam approximately two to four weeks after completing the training course.

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    ISACA certifications recognized by the U.S. Department of Defence; DoD Directive 8140 (8570)

    CISA® credentials were recognized in DoD Directive 8140 (8570) for:

    • Information Assurance Technical (IAT) Level III
    • Cyber Security Service Provider (CSSP) Auditor

    CISM® credentials were recognized in DoD Directive 8140 (8570):

    • Information Assurance Management (IAM) Level II & III
    • Cyber Security Service Provider (CSSP) Manager

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    • Department of the Air Force (U.S. Air Force), responsible for air forces
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    Additional materials

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    Exam Simulator

    After 20 years in IT, and more than 10 years since I passed the CISA® exam, I’ve decided to give something back to the community. I hope you will find this free exam simulator valuable when studying for the CISA® exam.
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    Review Manual

    A copy of the current CISA® Review Manual is essential (in theory) for any exam candidate. Unless you already have your copy, you can purchase the CISA® Review Manual on the official ISACA CISA website.
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    CISA® QAE

    The “Questions, Answers & Explanations (QAE) Manual” was publicly available a few years ago (definitely, when I was taking the CISA® exam). Its purpose was to guide and assist question writers, making them more skilled in writing exam questions.
    CISA QAE
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    ISACA IT Audit and Assurance Standards and Guidelines

    The MOST important position that MUST be read before the CISA® exam.

    The “ISACA IT Audit and Assurance Standards and Guidelines” are a MANDATORY requirement for certification holders, which is the backbone of the entire CISA® exam.

    Together with the “ISACA IT Standards Guidelines and Tools and Techniques for Audit and Assurance and Control Professionals”, both publications were the most important books that I read before the exam. IMHO they are even more important than the Review Manual itself.

    ISACA website
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    ISACA IT Standards Guidelines and Tools and Techniques for Audit and Assurance and Control Professionals

    The MOST important position that MUST be read before the CISA® exam.

    The “ISACA IT Standards Guidelines and Tools and Techniques for Audit and Assurance and Control Professionals” are a MANDATORY requirement for certification holders, which is the backbone of the entire CISA® exam.

    Together with the “ISACA IT Audit and Assurance Standards and Guidelines”, both publications were the most important books that I read before the exam. IMHO they are even more important than the Review Manual itself.

    ISACA website
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    ISACA IT Audit Framework (ITAF™) framework

    The newest, MOST important position that MUST be read before the CISA® exam. IT wasn’t available when I was taking the CISA® exam.

    The “ISACA IT Audit Framework (ITAF™) framework” offers a single source of guidance to perform effective audit reports, which is the backbone of the entire CISA® exam.

    Together with guides, 1) “ISACA IT Standards Guidelines and Tools and Techniques for Audit and Assurance and Control Professionals” and 2) ” ISACA IT Audit and Assurance Standards and Guidelines”, these three publications are the most important books that I recommend before the exam. In my humble opinion, they are even more important than the Review Manual itself.

    ISACA store
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    ITAF™ Companion Performance Guidelines 2208

    A companion to its Information Technology Audit Framework (ITAF™). The purpose of these guidelines is to guide IT audit and assurance practitioners in designing and selecting an audit sample and evaluating sample results. Appropriate sampling and evaluation help to achieve the requirements of sufficient and appropriate evidence.
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    The ISACA Glossary

    People taking the ISACA exam are generally quite experienced, so it may sound like a joke or an easy way to “fill the gaps” on the website, so UX design is better 🙂

    However, believe me, after passing more than 200 exams, I can say that each organization/certification body has its “flavours” and sometimes slightly different definitions of common topics. So it’s valuable to at least take a glimpse at a glossary once.

    ISACA Glossary

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