Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

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This high-quality training course teaches students everything they need to know to become a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

CISA is the world-class certification framework for information systems auditing, control, monitoring and assessment. Our comprehensive training modules will take you through fundamental auditing and evaluation skills while preparing you to pass the CISA certification exam and develop your career.

Who is this course aimed at?

Our course aims to provide current and future information system auditors with the knowledge and skills required to deliver high-quality auditing in a range of industries. It is intended for:

  • Current and future systems auditors interested in advancing their career

  • IT professionals in other domains wishing to expand their skills portfolio

  • Individuals aiming to pass a CISA accreditation exam

  • Professionals looking to improve their workplace value by acquiring in-demand auditing skills

  • Those looking to consolidate their information systems auditing knowledge

It is recommended that individuals taking this course have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in professional systems auditing, control or security.

What will you learn by taking this course?

Our CISA training is divided into five domains, each of which draws on current workplace practices. The five domains are:

  • Information Systems Audit Process: Students will learn how to plan, conduct and report on IS audits

  • IT Governance and Management: Students will learn how to evaluate an organization’s structures, policies and processes

  • Information Systems, Acquisition, Development and Implementation: Students will learn the core skills involved in managing IS projects

  • Information Systems Operations and Business Resilience: Students will learn best practices in the maintenance and service management of information systems

  • Protection of Information Assets: Students will learn to identify and recommend practices that actively address cyber risks

Why should you take this course?

  • CISA is the world’s most highly valued information systems auditing certification

  • Earning a CISA certification demonstrates mastery of in-demand skills and can greatly increase your workplace value

  • Accredited auditors can expect increased earnings and faster career advancement. A typical CISA salary can range from $80 to $100k in the United States

  • This training course has been written and designed by industry-leading subject matter experts

  • Our course is self-paced, allowing you to structure your learning around other commitments

  • We’ve designed an engaging, multimedia learning experience that includes videos, audio narration, and interactive slides

  • We’ve also included a practice test and regular knowledge checks to help you prepare for your certification exam

An Introduction to this CISA Course

Learning Objectives

This module introduces you to the course’s main features, learning plan, aims and objectives, and structure. It includes a syllabus, diagram pack, glossary, further reading and links document, and links to download essential copies of the framework publications.

It also contains some of the most frequently asked questions about CISA.

Module 1: Information Systems Audit Process

Learning Objectives

Module 1 introduces the information systems auditing process. In chapter 1, learners explore the audit planning process. This includes:

Standards and guidelines
Business process and controls
Types of audits

In chapter 2, learners look at how IS audits are executed, including:

Audit project management
Sampling and evidence collection
Reporting and quality assurance

Module 2: IT Governance and Management

Learning Objectives

Module 2 explores the governance and management of IT. Chapter 1 explores IT governance and strategy, including:

Enterprise governance
Information security governance
Organizational structure
Risk management
Legislation

Chapter 2 explores IT management, including:

IT resource and service provider management
Outsourcing
Performance management

Module 3: Information Systems Acquisition, Development & Implementation

Learning Objectives

Module 3 explores the acquisition, development and implementation of information systems. Chapter 1 presents IS acquisition and development, including:

Project management
Feasibility analysis
System, software and infrastructure development

Chapter 2 presents information systems implementation, including:

Testing, configuration and release management
System migration

Module 4: Information Systems Operations and Business Resilience

Learning Objectives

Module 4 is concerned with IS operations and business resilience. Chapter 1 explores information systems operations, including:

Technology and IT asset management
Performance, problem and incident management
Managing IT service levels

Chapter 2 explores business resilience, including:

Impact analysis
Resiliency and recovery
Business continuity
Disaster recovery planning

Module 5: Protection of Information Assets

Learning Objectives

Module 5 discusses the protection of information assets. Chapter 1 explores:

Information asset security and privacy controls
Access control, network security and managing security on different devices

Chapter 2 explores:

Security event management, including monitoring and testing
Incident response and evidence collection

Module 6: Course review & wrap-up

Learning Objectives

Module 6 provides an opportunity to consolidate and practice key terms and concepts from all 5 domains. It also includes a short practice exam.

This course includes a 2-hour mock exam consisting of 75 multiple-choice questions.

Every module ends with a knowledge check to help students consolidate what they have learned. Feedback is included with each answer, helping the learner work through challenging topics.

The final 4-hour CISA exam consists of 150 multiple choice questions and must be booked through ISACA.

ISACA CISA certification exam:

  • The exam consists of 150 multiple choice questions

  • There is a time limit of 240 minutes to complete the exam

  • Candidates must score 450/800 to pass the exam

What will you be tested on:

  • Information System Auditing Process (21% of exam)

  • Governance and Management of IT (17% of exam)

  • Information Systems Acquisition, Development and Implementation (12% of exam)

  • Information Systems Operations and Business Resilience (23% of exam)

  • Protection of Information Assets (27% of exam)

What is information systems auditing?

Information systems auditors evaluate the effectiveness of an organization’s information system. They will seek to establish that the information system is safeguarding corporate assets and data and evaluate whether it is effectively supporting corporate objectives and operations.

What is CISA?

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification is the international gold standard for those who audit, control, monitor and assess an organization’s information systems. Held by over 100,000 IT professionals across the world, it is a globally recognized way to validate auditing competency.

How valuable is CISA training?

CISA training and certification gives individuals the knowledge and confidence needed to navigate complex regulatory landscapes. It gives them credibility when offering solutions in all areas of IS auditing, and assures employers that their business assets are secure. As an internationally recognised standard, it represents a set of transferable skills that are highly valued in companies all over the world.

What is a CISA certification worth?

As a specialized systems auditor, CISA-certified professionals are able to command higher-than-average salaries in their field. Typical salaries range from $80 to $100k, depending on experience.

Is the exam included in the course?

The CISA exam is not available through Good eLearning. It must be booked separately through ISACA.

Does a CISA qualification expire?

Your CISA certification will expire after three years. To retain your qualification, you must go through a re-certification process at that time.

Who owns CISA?

ISACA is the official CISA accreditation body. Previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, ISACA is an independent, non-profit association that awards certifications to IT professionals.

What are the prerequisites for the CISA exam?

The CISA certification is intended for candidates with a minimum of five years of relevant work experience, and who have passed the written CISA examination.

What do I need to know about the CISA exam?

The CISA exam consists of 150 multiple choice questions and lasts four hours. Candidates are tested on five topic domains: Information System Auditing Process, Governance and Management of IT, Information Systems Acquisition, Development and Implementation, Information Systems Operations and Business Resilience, and Protection of Information Assets.

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