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CISA - Certified Information Systems Auditor

  • Course Overview
  • Course Outline
  • Course Arrangements
Introduction: 

 

The 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. 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.

Audience: 

Audit, control, assurance, and security professionals, including IT consultants, auditors, managers, security policy writers, privacy officers, information security officers, network administrators, security device administrators and security engineers, who have five years of experience with audit, IT systems, and security of information systems

At Course Completion: 

After completing this course, students will be able to understand and apply the following:

·         The Process of Auditing Information Systems
·         Governance and Management of IT
·         Information Systems Acquisition, Development, and Implementation
·         Information Systems Operations, Maintenance, and Support
·         Protection of Information Assets.
 

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1. Testing-Taking Tips and Study Techniques
•             Preparation for the CISA Exam
•             Submitting Required Paperwork
•             Resources and Study Aids
•             Passing the Exam the First Time
 
2.The Audit Process           
•             Risk
•             Audit
•             Standards and Guidelines
Tasks:
•             Develop and implement a risk-based IT audit strategy in compliance with IT audit standards to ensure that key areas are included.
•             Plan specific audits to determine whether information systems are protected, controlled and provide value to the organization.
•             Conduct audits in accordance with IT audit standards to achieve planned audit objectives.
•             Report audit findings and make recommendations to key stakeholders to communicate results and effect change when necessary.
•             Conduct follow-ups or prepare status reports to ensure appropriate actions have been taken by management in a timely manner.
 
3. IT Governance
•             Best Practices
•             Management Practices
Tasks:
•             Evaluate the effectiveness of the IT governance structure to determine whether IT decisions, directions and performance support the organization’s strategies and objectives.
•             Evaluate IT organizational structure and human resources (personnel) management to determine whether they support the organization’s strategies and objectives.
•             Evaluate the IT strategy, including the IT direction, and the processes for the strategy’s development, approval, implementation and maintenance for alignment with the organization’s strategies and objectives.
•             Evaluate the organization’s IT policies, standards, and procedures, and the processes for their development, approval, implementation, maintenance, and monitoring, to determine whether they support the IT strategy and comply with regulatory and legal requirements.
•             Evaluate the adequacy of the quality management system to determine whether it supports the organization’s strategies and objectives in a cost-effective manner.
 •             Roles and Responsibilities
Tasks:
•             Evaluate IT management and monitoring of controls (e.g., continuous monitoring, QA) for compliance with the organization’s policies, standards and procedures.
•             Evaluate IT resource investment, use and allocation practices, including prioritization criteria, for alignment with the organization’s strategies and objectives.
•             Evaluate IT contracting strategies and policies, and contract management practices to determine whether they support the organization’s strategies and objectives.
•             Evaluate risk management practices to determine whether the organization’s IT-related risks are properly managed.
•             Evaluate monitoring and assurance practices to determine whether the board and executive management receive sufficient and timely information about IT performance.
•             Evaluate the organization’s business continuity plan to determine the organization’s ability to continue essential business operations during the period of an IT disruption.
 
4. Lifecycle Management
•             Project Management
•             Business Application Development
Tasks
•             Evaluate the project management practices and controls to determine whether business requirements are achieved in a cost-effective manner while managing risks to the organization.
•             Evaluate the readiness of information systems for implementation and migration into production to determine whether project deliverables, controls and organization’s requirements are met.
•             Information Systems Maintenance Practices
•             Evaluate the business case for the proposed investments in information systems acquisition, development, maintenance and subsequent retirement to determine whether it meets business objectives.
 
5. System Infrastructure Control
•             Auditing Application Controls
Tasks
•             Evaluate controls for information systems during the requirements, acquisition, development and testing phases for compliance with the organization’s policies, standards, procedures and applicable external requirements.
 •             Application System Development
•             Business Application Systems
•             Conduct reviews to determine whether a project is progressing in accordance with project plans, is adequately supported by documentation and status reporting is accurate.
 
6. Information Systems Hardware and Architecture
•             Information Systems Operations
•             Information Systems Hardware
6. Information Systems Hardware and Architecture (συνέχεια)
•             SDLC
•             Databases
•             Conduct post-implementation reviews of systems to determine whether project deliverables, controls and organization’s requirements are met.
 
7. Information Systems Used for IT Delivery and Support
•             OSI
•             TCP/IP Model
•             TCP/UDP/ICMP/IP
•             Routers/Switches/Hubs
•             Firewalls
•             Wireless
•             WAN Technologies - X.25/Frame Relay/PPP/ISDN/DSL/Cable
 
8. Protection of Logical Assets
•             CIA
•             Roles and Responsibilities - RACI
•             Asset Management
•             Taxonomy - Information Classification
Tasks:
•             Evaluate the information security policies, standards and procedures for completeness and alignment with generally accepted practices.
•             Evaluate the design, implementation and monitoring of system and logical security controls to verify the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information.
 •             Risk Management
•             Policies, Procedures, Standards, Guidelines, Baselines
•             Knowledge Transfer - Awareness, Training, Education
•             Evaluate the design, implementation, and monitoring of the data classification processes and procedures for alignment with the organization’s policies, standards, procedures, and applicable external requirements.
 
9. Physical Security
•             Environmental Protection Practices
•             Physical Authentication
Tasks:
•             Evaluate the design, implementation and monitoring of physical access and environmental controls to determine whether information assets are adequately safeguarded.
•             Policies and Procedures, review
•             Evaluate the processes and procedures used to store, retrieve, transport and dispose of information assets (e.g., backup media, offsite storage, hard copy/print data, and softcopy media) to determine whether information assets are adequately safeguarded.
 
10. Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
•             BIA Policy
•             BIA Roles and Teams
•             Data Backups, Vaulting, Journaling, Shadowing
•             Alternate Sites
Tasks
•             Conduct periodic reviews of information systems to determine whether they continue to meet the organization’s objectives.
•             Evaluate service level management practices to determine whether the level of service from internal and external service providers is defined and managed.
•             Evaluate third party management practices to determine whether the levels of controls expected by the organization are being adhered to by the provider.
•             Evaluate operations and end-user procedures to determine whether scheduled and non-scheduled processes are managed to completion.
•             Evaluate the process of information systems maintenance to determine whether they are controlled effectively and continue to support the organization’s objectives.
•             Evaluate data administration practices to determine the integrity and optimization of databases.
•             Emergency Response
•             Required Notifications
•             BIA Tests
Tasks
•             Evaluate the use of capacity and performance monitoring tools and techniques to determine whether IT services meet the organization’s objectives.
•             Evaluate problem and incident management practices to determine whether incidents, problems or errors are recorded, analyzed and resolved in a timely manner.
•             Evaluate change, configuration and release management practices to determine whether scheduled and non-scheduled changes made to the organization’s production environment are adequately controlled and documented.
•             Evaluate the adequacy of backup and restore provisions to determine the availability of information required to resume processing.4.11 Evaluate the organizations disaster recovery plan to determine whether it enables the recovery of IT processing capabilities in the event of a disaster.
 
11. Review and Q&A Session
•             Final Review and Test Prep
 
 
 
Dates and Times: 
6 sessions of 7 hours each on Saturdays commencing at 9:00 am on Nov 4, 11 ,18, 25, Dec 2 & 9.
Duration (Hours): 
40
Location: 

AKTINA Training Center
20 Loukis Akritas street, 1st floor
2064 Strovolos
(behind Kykko secondary schools)

City: 
Lefkosia

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