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  • Course Delivery: On Demand
  • Duration: 16 
  • Language: English
  • Difficulty: Intermediate

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With a growing demand for professionals possessing IS audit, control and security skills, CISA has become the preferred certification program by individuals and organizations around the world. Many enterprises and government agencies increasingly recognize, require and expect their IS and IT professionals to hold this certification.

Our CISA Certified Information Systems Auditor course provides the student with the knowledge and proficiency to prepare for the globally recognized CISA certification exam. The CISA certification has become very popular since it originated in 1978, and is a benchmark for IS audit, security, control, and assurance personnel to validate their skill set.

This course features:

Video Lectures and Expert Instruction:

Our unique delivery simulates a one-on-one classroom environment, creating a more personal learning experience. Our highly certified expert instructors possess a superior understanding of the subject matter in their fields and have the ability to convey this knowledge in an effective, engaging, and professional manner to a wide audience. Practical knowledge is essential for success in a real world environment and we have chosen our instructors with this in mind - many of our instructors are business owners and have been employed in their respective fields for decades!


The hands-on demonstrations in our training allow the student to view practical application of concepts in real-world environments. Demonstrations are a way for the instructor to present how to perform a task on-screen in front of the student. This feature gives the student the power to see tasks performed by a professional in the intended environment as many times as they would like, without purchasing expensive software.

PowerPoint Slides and Visuals:

Our courses feature PowerPoint slides to illustrate concepts and complement the expert instruction. Many of the in-depth theories and processes discussed in our courses can be learned most efficiently through the detailed PowerPoint slides we provide. These slides are accompanied by an instructor voiceover to provide our students with a clear, efficient, and complete presentation of concepts.

Student Workbooks

Our courses feature printable Student Workbooks for every chapter. Our printable Student Workbooks are a study tool that allows students to take notes and bring the course material with them when they may not have access to a computer. Workbooks can also be used electronically to quickly review PowerPoint slides and training topics.


Topics Covered

This course will immerse the student into the subject, with in-depth coverage of the information covering the five domains that make up the "Body of Knowledge" for the CISA exam and will provide the student the tools to build their technical skills to develop, manage, and perform IT security audits.

Course Introduction - Duration: 4m

Module 01 - The Process of Auditing Information Systems - Duration: 3h 44m

Lesson 1: Management of the Audit Function

  • Organization of the IS Audit Function
  • IS Audit Resource Management
  • Audit Planning
  • Effect of Laws and Regulations on IS Audit Planning

Lesson 2: ISACA IT Audit and Assurance Standards and Guidelines

  • ISACA IT Audit And Assurance Standards And Guidelines
  • ISACA IT Audit And Assurance Standards Framework
  • Auditing Standards
  • Audit Guidelines
  • Audit and Assurance Tools and Techniques
  • Relationship Among Standards, Guidelines, and Tools and Techniques
  • Information Technology Assurance Framework
  • Information Technology Assurance Framework Components
  • ITAF General Standards (Section 2200)
  • ITAF Performance Standards (Section 2400)
  • Reporting Standards (Section 2600)
  • IT Assurance Guidelines (Section 3000)

Lesson 3: Risk Analysis

  • Risk Analysis

Lesson 4: Internal Controls

  • Internal Control Objectives
  • IS Control Objectives
  • General Controls
  • IS Controls

Lesson 5: Performing An IS Audit

  • Performing an IS Audit
  • Classification of Audits
  • Audit Programs
  • Audit Methodology
  • Fraud Detection
  • Risk-Based Auditing
  • Audit Risk and Materiality
  • Risk Assessment and Treatment
  • Risk Assessment Techniques
  • Audit Objectives
  • Compliance Versus Substantive Testing
  • Evidence
  • Interviewing and Observing Personnel in the Performance Of Their Duties
  • Sampling
  • Using The Services Of Other Auditors And Experts
  • Computer-Assisted Audit Techniques (CAAT)
  • Evaluation Of Audit Strengths And Weaknesses
  • Communicating Audit Results
  • Management Implementation Of Recommendations
  • Audit Documentation

Lesson 6: Control Self-Assessment

  • Objectives of CSA
  • Benefits of CSA
  • Disadvantages of CSA
  • Auditor Role in CSA
  • Technology Drivers for CSA
  • Traditional Versus CSA Approach

Lesson 7: The Evolving IS Audit Process

  • Automated Work Papers
  • Integrated Auditing
  • Continuous Auditing
  • Module 01 Review

Module 02 - Governance and Management of IT - Duration: 3h 40m

Lesson 1: Corporate Governance

  • Corporate Governance

Lesson 2: IT Governance

  • IT Governance

Lesson 3: IT Monitoring and Assurance Practices for Board and Senior Management

  • IT Monitoring and Assurance Practices for Board and Senior Management
  • Best Practices for IT Governance
  • IT Governance Frameworks
  • Audit Role in IT Governance
  • IT Strategy Committee
  • IT Balanced Scorecard
  • Information Security Governance
  • Importance of Information Security Governance
  • Outcomes of Security Governance
  • Effective Information Security Governance
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Senior Management and Board of Directors
  • Enterprise Architecture

Lesson 4: Information Systems Strategy

  • Strategic Planning
  • Steering Committee

Lesson 5: Maturity and Process Improvement Models

  • Maturity and Process Improvement Models

Lesson 6: IT Investment and Allocation Practices

  • IT Investment and Allocation Practices
  • Implement IT Portfolio Management
  • IT Portfolio Management Versus Balanced Scorecard

Lesson 7: Policies and Procedures

  • Policies
  • Information Security Policy
  • Procedures

Lesson 8: Risk Management

  • Risk Management
  • Developing a Risk Management Program
  • Risk Management Process
  • Risk Analysis Methods

Lesson 9: IS Management Practices

  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Financial Management Practices
  • Quality Management
  • Information Security Management
  • Performance Optimization

Lesson 10: IS Organizational Structure and Responsibilities

  • IS Roles and Responsibilities
  • Segregation of Duties
  • Segregation of Duties Controls
  • Compensating Controls for Lack of Segregation
  • Lesson 11: Auditing IT Governance Structure and Implementation

    • Reviewing Documentation
    • Reviewing Contractual Commitments

    Lesson 12: Business Continuity Planning

    • IS Business Continuity Planning
    • Disasters and Other Disruptive Events
    • Business Continuity Planning Process
    • Business Continuity Policy
    • Business Impact Analysis
    • Classification of Operations and Criticality Analysis
    • Development of Business Continuity Plans
    • Other Issues and Plan Development
    • Components of a BCP
    • BCP Testing
    • BCP Maintenance
    • Summary of BCP
    • Module 02 Review

    Module 03 - Information Systems Acquisition, Development and Implementation - Duration: 3h 12m

    Lesson 1: Business Realization

    • Portfolio/Program Management
    • Business Case Development and Approval
    • Benefits Realization Techniques

    Lesson 2: Project Management Structure

    • Project Context and Environment
    • Project Organizational Forms
    • Project Communication and Culture
    • Project Objectives
    • Roles and Responsibilities of Groups and Individuals

    Lesson 3: Project Management Practices

    • Initiation of a Project
    • Project Planning
    • Example of Project Management for New Software
    • Software Size Estimation
    • Lines of Source Code
    • Function Point Analysis (FPA)
    • Function Points
    • Cost Budgets
    • Software Cost Estimation
    • Scheduling and Establishing the Timeframe
    • Critical Path Methodology
    • Gantt Charts
    • Program Evaluation Review Technique (PERT)
    • Time Box Management
    • General Project Management
    • Project Controlling
    • Management of Resource Usage
    • Management of Risk
    • Closing a Project

    Lesson 4: Business Application Development

    • Traditional SDLC Approach
    • SDLC Phases
    • SDLC
    • Integrated Resource Management Systems
    • Description of SDLC Phases
    • Risks Associated with Software Development

    Lesson 5: Business Application Systems

    • Electronic Commerce
    • E-Commerce Models
    • E-Commerce Architectures
    • E-Commerce Risks
    • E-Commerce Requirements
    • E-Commerce Audit and Control Issues or Best Practices
    • Components of PKI
    • Electronic Data Interchange
    • General Requirements of EDI
    • Traditional EDI
    • Web Based EDI
    • EDI Risks and Controls
    • Controls in EDI Environment
    • E-Mail
    • E-Mail Security Issues
    • Standards for E-Mail Security
    • Point-Of-Sale Systems (POS)
    • Electronic Banking
    • Risk Management Challenges in E-Banking
    • Risk Management Controls for E-Banking
    • Electronic Finance
    • Payment Systems
    • Electronic Money Model
    • Electronic Checks Model
    • Electronic Transfer Model
    • Electronic Funds Transfer
    • Controls in an EFT Environment
    • Automated Teller Machines
    • Image Processing
    • Business Intelligence
    • Decision Support System (DSS)
    • DSS Frameworks
    • Customer Relation Management (CRM)
    • Supply Chain Management (SCM)

    Lesson 6: Alternative Forms of Software Project Organization

    • Agile Development
    • Prototyping
    • Rapid Application Development (RAD)

    Lesson 7: Alternative Development Methods

    • Data Oriented System Development
    • Object Oriented System Development
    • Component-Based Development
    • Web-Based Application Development
    • Software Reengineering
    • Reverse Engineering

    Lesson 8: Infrastructure Development/Acquisition Practices

    • Project Phases of Physical Architecture Analysis
    • Planning Implementation of Infrastructure
    • Critical Success Factors
    • Hardware Acquisition
    • Acquisition Steps
    • System Software Acquisition
    • System Software Implementation
    • System Software Change Control Procedures

    Lesson 9: Information Systems Maintenance Practices

    • Change Management Process Overview
    • Deploying Changes
    • Documentation
    • Testing Changed Programs
    • Auditing Program Changes
    • Emergency Changes
    • Change Exposures (Unauthorized Changes)
    • Configuration Management

    Lesson 10: System Development Tools And Productivity Aids

    • Code Generators
    • Computer Aided Software Engineering
    • Fourth-Generation Languages (4GL)

    Lesson 11: Business Process Reengineering And Process Change Projects

    • Business Process Reengineering And Process Change Projects Continued
    • Benchmarking Process
    • The Benchmarking Process
    • ISO 9126
    • Software Capability Maturity Model
    • ISO 15504

    Lesson 12: Application Controls

    • Inputs Controls
    • Processing Procedures And Controls
    • Processing Controls
    • Data File Control Procedures
    • Output Controls
    • Business Process Control Assurance

    Lesson 13: Auditing Application Controls

    • Risk Assessment Model To Analyze Application Controls
    • Observing And Testing User Performing Procedures
    • Data Integrity Testing
    • Example Of Referential And Relational Integrity
    • Data Integrity In Online Transaction Processing Systems
    • Test Application Systems
    • Continuous Online Auditing
    • Online Auditing Techniques

    Lesson 14: Auditing Systems Development, Acquisition And Maintenance

    • Project Management
    • Feasibility Study
    • Requirements Definition
    • Software Acquisition Process
    • Detailed Design And Development
    • Testing
    • Implementation Phase
    • Post Implementation Review
    • System Change Procedures And The Program Migration Process
    • Module 03 Review
    • Module 04 - Information Systems Operations, Maintenance and Support - Duration: 2h 47m

      Lesson 1: Information Systems Operations

      • Management of IS Operations
      • Service Management
      • Service Level
      • Infrastructure Operations
      • Scheduling
      • Monitoring Use of Resources
      • Process of Incident Handling
      • Problem Management
      • Detection, Documentation, Control, Resolution and Reporting of Abnormal Conditions
      • Support/Helpdesk
      • Change Management Process
      • Release Management
      • Information Security Management
      • Media Sanitization

      Lesson 2: Information Systems Hardware

      • Computer Hardware Components and Architecture
      • Common Enterprise Backend Devices
      • Specialized Devices
      • Risks
      • Security Control
      • Radiofrequency Identification
      • RFID Applications
      • RFID Risks
      • RFID Security Control
      • Hardware Maintenance Program
      • Hardware Monitoring Procedures
      • Capacity Management

      Lesson 3: IS Architecture and Software

      • Operating Systems
      • Software Integrity Issues
      • Activity Logging and Reporting Options
      • Data Communication Software
      • Data Management
      • File Organization
      • Database Management Systems
      • Example of Data in DBMS
      • DBMS Architecture
      • DBMS Metadata Architecture
      • Database Structure
      • Relational Database
      • Database Models
      • Relational Database Model
      • Database Controls
      • Tape and Disk Management Systems
      • Utility Programs
      • Software Licensing Issues
      • Digital Rights Management

      Lesson 4: Network Infrastructure

      • Enterprise Network Architecture
      • Types of Networks
      • Network Services
      • Network Standards and Protocols
      • OSI Architecture
      • OSI Layers
      • Application of the OSI Model in Network Architectures
      • Local Area Network
      • Network Physical Media Specifications
      • Implementation of WANs
      • LAN Media Access Technologies
      • LAN Components
      • OSI Layer Diagram
      • LAN Technology Selection Criteria
      • Wide Area Networks
      • WAN Message Transmission Techniques
      • WAN Devices
      • WAN Technologies
      • Wireless Networks
      • Wireless Wide Area Networks
      • Wireless Local Area Networks
      • Wireless Security
      • Wireless Application Protocol
      • Risks of Wireless Communications
      • World Wide Web Services
      • General Internet Terminology
      • Network Administration and Control
      • Network Performance Metrics
      • Network Management Issues
      • Network Management Tools
      • Client/Server Technology

      Lesson 5: Disaster Recovery Planning

      • Recovery Point Objective and Recovery Time Objective
      • Recovery Strategies
      • Application Disaster Recovery Methods
      • Data Storage Disaster Recovery Methods
      • Telecommunication Networks Disaster Recovery Methods
      • Methods for Network Protection
      • Development of Disaster Recovery Plans
      • Organization and Assignment Of Responsibilities
      • Backup and Restoration
      • Off-Site Library Controls
      • Types of Backup Devices and Media
      • Periodic Backup Procedures
      • Frequency of Rotation
      • Backup Schemes
      • Module 04 Review

      Module 05 - Protection of Information Assets - Duration: 2h 30m

      Lesson 1: Importance Of Information Security

      • Key Elements of Information Security Management
      • Information Security Management Roles and Responsibilities
      • Inventory and Classification of Information Assets
      • System Access Permission
      • Mandatory and Discretionary Access Controls
      • Privacy Management Issue and the Role of IS Auditors
      • Critical Success Factors to Information Security Management
      • Information Security and External Parties
      • Identification of Risks Related to External Parties
      • Addressing Security When Dealing with Customers
      • Addressing Security and Third-Party Agreements
      • Human Resources Security and Third Parties
      • Computer Crime Issues and Exposures
      • Types of Computer Crimes
      • Peer to Peer, Instant Messaging, Data Leakage and Web-Based Technologies
      • Security Incident Handling and Response

      Lesson 2: Logical Access

      • Logical Access Exposures
      • Familiarization with the Enterprise IT Environment
      • Paths of Logical Access
      • General Points of Entry
      • Logical Access Control Software
      • Identification and Authentication
      • Features of Passwords
      • Identification and Authentication Best Practices
      • Token Devices, One-Time Passwords
      • Management of Biometrics
      • Single Sign-On
      • Authorization Issues
      • Access Control Lists
      • Logical Access Security Administration
      • Remote Access Security
      • Common Connectivity Methods
      • Remote Access Using PDAs
      • Access Issues with Mobile Technology
      • Access Rights to System Logs
      • Tools for Audit Trail Analysis
      • Use of Intrusion Detection
      • Storing, Retrieving, Transporting and Disposing of Confidential Information

      Lesson 3: Network Infrastructure Security

      • LAN Security
      • Virtualization
      • Client/Server Security
      • Wireless Security Threats and Risks Mitigation
      • Internet Threats and Security
      • Network Security Threats
      • Internet Security Control Audits
      • Firewall Security Systems
      • Common Attacks Against a Firewall
      • Examples of Firewall Implementation
      • Intrusion Detection
      • Describing IDS and IPS Deployment
      • Encryption
      • Uses of Encryption
      • Viruses
      • Technical Controls Against Viruses
      • AV Software
      • Voice Over IP
      • Private Branch Exchange

      Lesson 4: Auditing Information Security Management Framework

      • Auditing Logical Access
      • Techniques for Testing Security

      Lesson 5: Auditing Network Infrastructure Security

      • Auditing Remote Access
      • Network Penetration Test
      • Types of Penetration Tests
      • Full Network Assessment Reviews
      • Development and Authorization of Network Changes
      • Unauthorized Changes
      • Computer Forensics
      • Chain of Evidence

      Lesson 6: Environmental Exposures and Controls

      Lesson 7: Physical Access Exposures and Controls

      • Physical Access Exposures
      • Physical Access Controls
      • Auditing Physical Access

      Lesson 8: Mobile Computing

      • Module 05 Review
      • Course Closure
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