CISA—Certified Information Systems Auditor

What is the CISA difference?

Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®) is world-renowned as the standard of achievement for those who audit, control, monitor and assess an organization’s IT and business systems. If you are a mid-career professional, CISA can showcase your expertise and assert your ability to apply a risk-based approach to planning, executing and reporting on audit engagements.

What you will learn with the CISA certification?

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Domain 1

Information Systems Auditing Process

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Domain 2

Governance & Management of IT

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Domain 3

Information Systems Acquisition, Development & Implementation

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Domain 4

Information Systems Operations and Business Resilience

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Domain 5

Information Systems Auditing Process

21% DOMAIN 1 – INFORMATION SYSTEMS AUDITING PROCESS

Providing industry-standard audit services to assist organizations in protecting and controlling information systems, Domain-1 affirms your credibility to offer conclusions on the state of an organization’s IS/IT security, risk and control solutions.

A–PLANNING

  1. IS Audit Standards, Guidelines, and Codes of Ethics
  2. Business Processes
  3. Types of Controls
  4. Risk-Based Audit Planning
  5. Types of Audits and Assessments

B–EXECUTION

  1. Audit Project Management
  2. Sampling Methodology
  3. Audit Evidence Collection Techniques
  4. Data Analytics
  5. Reporting and Communication Techniques
  6. Quality Assurance and Improvement of the Audit Process

17% DOMAIN 2 – GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT OF IT

This domain confirms to stakeholders your abilities to identify critical issues and recommend enterprise-specific practices to support and safeguard the governance of information and related technologies.
A–IT GOVERNANCE
  1. IT Governance and IT Strategy
  2. IT-Related Frameworks
  3. IT Standards, Policies, and Procedures
  4. Organizational Structure
  5. Enterprise Architecture
  6. Enterprise Risk Management
  7. Maturity Models
  8. Laws, Regulations, and Industry Standards affecting the Organization
B–IT MANAGEMENT
  1. IT Resource Management
  2. IT Service Provider Acquisition and Management
  3. IT Performance Monitoring and Reporting
  4. Quality Assurance and Quality Management of IT

12% DOMAIN 3 – INFORMATION SYSTEMS ACQUISITION, DEVELOPMENT & IMPLEMENTATION

Domains 3 and 4 offer proof not only of your competency in IT controls, but also your understanding of how IT relates to business.

A–INFORMATION SYSTEMS ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT

  1. Project Governance and Management
  2. Business Case and Feasibility Analysis
  3. System Development Methodologies
  4. Control Identification and Design

B–INFORMATION SYSTEMS IMPLEMENTATION

  1. Testing Methodologies
  2. Configuration and Release Management
  3. System Migration, Infrastructure Deployment and Data Conversion
  4. Post-implementation Review

23% DOMAIN 4 – INFORMATION SYSTEMS OPERATIONS & BUSINESS RESILIENCE

Domains 3 and 4 offer proof not only of your competency in IT controls, but also your understanding of how IT relates to business.

A–INFORMATION SYSTEMS OPERATIONS

  1. Common Technology Components
  2. IT Asset Management
  3. Job Scheduling and Production Process Automation
  4. System Interfaces
  5. End-User Computing
  6. Data Governance
  7. Systems Performance Management
  8. Problem and Incident Management
  9. Change, Configuration, Release, and Patch Management
  10. IT Service Level Management
  11. Database Management

B–BUSINESS RESILIENCE

  1. Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
  2. System Resiliency
  3. Data Backup, Storage, and Restoration
  4. Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
  5. Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP)

27% DOMAIN 5 – PROTECTION OF INFORMATION ASSETS

Cybersecurity now touches virtually every information systems role, and understanding its principles, best practices and pitfalls is a major focus within Domain 5.

A–INFORMATION ASSET SECURITY AND CONTROL

  1. Information Asset Security Frameworks, Standards, and Guidelines
  2. Privacy Principles
  3. Physical Access and Environmental Controls
  4. Identity and Access Management
  5. Network and End-Point Security
  6. Data Classification
  7. Data Encryption and Encryption-Related Techniques
  8. Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
  9. Web-Based Communication Techniques
  10. Virtualized Environments
  11. Mobile, Wireless, and Internet-of-Things (IoT) Devices

B–SECURITY EVENT MANAGEMENT

  1. Security Awareness Training and Programs
  2. Information System Attack Methods and Techniques
  3. Security Testing Tools and Techniques
  4. Security Monitoring Tools and Techniques
  5. Incident Response Management
  6. Evidence Collection and Forensics
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