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Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

CISAs are comparable to what CPAs and CAs are to the accounting industry. They uphold high standards, manage risks, promote compliance, offer solutions, Governance & Management, institute controls and deliver enterprise value. Due to their audit experience skillset and credibility CISAs are recognized internationally as professionals in this field.

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12  Training Hours
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
74 On-demand Videos
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Course Topics
7  Topics
Prep Questions
55 Prep Questions
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Course Description

Why do I need the CISA certification exam?

Elevate your professional experience and catapult yourself to the next level in your career with ISACA’s Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). It is globally acknowledged as the benchmark of accomplishment for those who audit, monitor, control and assess a business or organization’s IT systems. Professionals in this career will make recommendations to management based on findings. CISA holds an unparalleled reputation that will guarantee you success as you advance on your professional journey

Who should take the CISA Exam

If you are a beginner to mid-career IT expert, CISA certification can help boost your tactical skills and credibility and demonstrate that you are capable of implementing a risk-based audit process. Achieve recognition in both internal and external interactions such as with regulators, auditors, customers and more when you obtain your CISA credentials! This is an important stepping stone for certification holders to furthering your career within the industry.

Being a Certified Information Systems Auditor is to Audit what CPA and CA are to Accounting. As one of the most sought-after credentials in the industry, CISAs possess a wide range of abilities, qualifications and technical knowledge – from upholding standards to managing vulnerabilities – that make them essential for any company looking to maximize profitability. They are considered experts at compliance management, providing innovative solutions and implementing effective controls which ultimately yield tremendous value for businesses across sectors on an international scale.

CISA job practice analysis has been completed by ISACA. This analysis resulted in a new CISA job practice that reflects the vital and evolving responsibilities of IT auditors. The new CISA job practice was effective beginning with the CISA exam administration in June 2011. For purposes of these statements, the terms “enterprise” and “organization” or “organizational” are considered synonymous.

Comprehensive exam overview

This certification test consists of 150 questions that assess five distinct domains related to real-world work experience. By successfully completing this assessment, you’ll be able to display substantial proof of proficiency in all these areas!

The CISA job practice offers a wide range of domains, subtopics and supporting tasks related to the field of information systems audit, assurance and control. Developed through robust research with input from international subject matter experts and prominent industry leaders alike, it is designed to reflect practical knowledge and real-world work performed in this sector.

Job Practice Domains

  • 21% of the exam covers information systems auditing process 
  • 17% of the exam covers governance and management of IT 
  • 12 % is on information systems acquisition, development and implementation 
  • 23% of the test covers information systems operations and business resilience 
  • 27% covers protection of information assets 

Various jobs and roles within the information security field as a Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certificate holders.

  • Technology Auditor
  • Certified Internal Auditor
  • Systems Auditor and Audit Managers (or Internal Audit Manager)
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Security Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Privacy Officers

Frequently Asked Questions About Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

What is the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification?

The CISA certification is a globally-recognized credential that demonstrates expertise in various domains, including the process of auditing information systems, governance and management of IT, information systems acquisition, development, and implementation, operations, business resilience, and protection of information assets. CISA-certified professionals are akin to CPAs in the accounting industry, upholding high standards, managing risks, promoting compliance, and delivering enterprise value.

What does the CISA course from ITU Online include?

The CISA course from ITU Online includes 12 training hours, 74 videos, 7 topics, and 55 practice questions. It forms part of the All Access Monthly Subscription, which gives you access to over 2,500 hours of on-demand content. You can start a 7-day free trial without any obligation and cancel anytime.

Who should consider obtaining the CISA certification?

The CISA certification is suitable for beginner to mid-career IT experts. It can help boost your tactical skills and credibility and demonstrate your ability to implement a risk-based audit process. Obtaining CISA credentials can provide recognition in both internal and external interactions, such as with regulators, auditors, customers, and more, making it an important stepping stone for furthering your career within the industry.

How does the CISA certification differ from other information security certifications?

The CISA certification is more focused on information systems auditing compared to other IT certifications. It demonstrates your ability to audit, control, monitor, and assess IT and business systems using a risk-based approach​.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the CISA certification?

o earn your CISA certification, you must pass the CISA exam and demonstrate that you meet the education and work experience requirements. This involves a minimum of five years of professional information systems auditing, control, or security work experience (or a combination of education, work experience, and other credentials). You don’t need to meet the experience requirements before taking the exam. Once you pass, you have five years to meet the experience requirements and apply for CISA certification.

How can I prepare for the CISA exam?

The CISA exam is challenging as it tests candidates’ knowledge and skills across a broad range of technology and auditing topics. An exam prep course, like the one offered by ITU Online, can help fill knowledge gaps. It includes practice exams and practical test-taking strategies, helping you master not just the material but also how to take the exam effectively.

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Course Outline

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Course Content

Module 1 - The Audit Process

  •    Introduction

  •    Audit Process

  •    Auditing Standards

  •    Auditing Guidelines

  •    Cobit Model

  •    Audit Management

  •    Internal Control Classifications

  •    Planning

  •    Program

  •    Evidence

  •    Audit Control Evaluation

  •    CSA Control Self-Assessment

Module 2 - Audit Governance and Compliance

  •    IT Governance

  •    Governance & Security Policies

  •    Outsourcing & Governance

  •    Outsourcing & Globalization

  •    Organizational Compliance

  •    IT Strategy

  •    IT Performance

Module 3 - System Infrastructure, Project Management, and Testing

  •    System & Infrastructure

  •    Requirements

  •    Project Management Tools - Part 1

  •    Project Management Tools - Part 2

  •    Applications

  •    Agile Development

  •    Monitoring & Controlling

  •    Acquisition Process

  •    Testing Process

  •    Information Systems Maintenance Practices

  •    Data Conversion Tools

Module 4 - Media Disposal, Reviews, and System Maintenance

  •    Media Disposal Process

  •    Post Implementation Review

  •    Periodic Review

  •    System Maintenance

Module 5 - IT Service Level Management

  •    IT Service Delivery and Support

  •    How to Evalutate Service Level Management Practices

  •    Operations Management

  •    Databases

  •    Structured Query Language (SQL)

  •    Monitoring Performance

  •    Source Code and Perfomance Monitoring

  •    Patch Management

  •    Incident Management

  •    Hardware Component Types

  •    Network Component Types

Module 6 - Auditor Technical Overview

  •    IS Auditor Technical Overview

  •    Security Design

  •    Monitoring Systems

  •    Types of Attacks

  •    Cryptography

  •    Encryption

  •    Asymmetric Encryption

  •    Digital Certificate

  •    Different Kinds of Attacks

  •    Access Controls

  •    Identification and Authenication

  •    Physical Access Exposure

  •    Environmental Security

  •    Network Security Devices and Network Components

  •    Network Address Translation

  •    Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

  •    Voice System Risks

  •    Intrusion Detection

  •    Firewalls

  •    Firewall Implementation

  •    Network Access Protection

  •    HoneyPot

  •    Risks to Portable and Wireless Devices

  •    Bluetooth

  •    OSI Networking

  •    Managing Data

Module 7 - Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

  •    Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

  •    Fault Tolerance

  •    Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Regulations

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Chrys Thorsen

Chrys Thorsen

Education and Technology Expert

Chrys Thorsen is an education and technology expert who specializes in enterprise-level IT infrastructure consulting and certified training-of-trainers. In her career, she has garnered over 50 IT Certifications including CISSP, CISA, CEHv12, PenTest+, CompTIA CNVP, Cisco CCSI/CCNP, Microsoft Cloud and on-premises technologies, VMware vSphere, and many more. She has also authored 40 published certification textbooks, and over 35 full-length IT certification video courses.

When not working in the United States, Chrys spends her time abroad capacity-building IT literacy in developing nations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her client list has included: the US Federal Government, the Republic of Zambia Ministry of Health, Cavendish University Zambia, Accenture, JP Morgan Chase, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), Hughes Aircraft, Microsoft, and many more.

Chrys lives by, and is fond of repeating, her professional creed:

“The only true measure of success for any project or training is results on the ground. Everything else is just noise.” “I teach what I deploy; I deploy what I teach.”

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