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CISA Essentials Exam Guide & Test Questions

CISA Essentials Exam Guide & Test Questions
Course Description Overview

Course Specifications

Course Number:


Course Length:

5 days

Course Description Overview:

This course is designed to help candidates prepare for sitting the ISACA CISA certification examination. By taking this course and obtaining CISA certification, your experience and skills in auditing and securing the organization’s information systems will be validated. Securing the organization’s information is a critical business objective in today’s business environment. The information that an organization depends on to be successful can be at risk from numerous sources. By effectively managing audit processes, controls, and other security aspects of the business, you will greatly contribute to the overall security of the organization.

Course Objectives:
Target Student:
The intended audience for this course is information security and IT professionals, particularly internal auditors, who are interested in earning the CISA certification. The course is also applicable to individuals who are interested in learning about information security audits, controls, and security.

To ensure your success, you should have at least five years of professional experience in information systems auditing, control, or security. You are also required to prove this level of experience to ISACA in order to obtain certification. The major areas of work experience are described in the CISA job practice domains:

  • The process of auditing information systems
  • Governance and management of IT
  • Information systems acquisition, development, and implementation
  • Information systems operations, maintenance, and service management
  • Protection of information assets
Course-specific Technical Requirements Hardware:


Course-specific Technical Requirements Software:
Course Content:

Section 1: The Process of Auditing Information Systems Domain

 Chapter 1: Some Organizations, Laws, Standards, and Frameworks

 Chapter 2: ISAAS

 Chapter 3: From Governance to Procedures

 Chapter 4: KGI, CSF, KPI, and KRI

 Chapter 5: ALE, RTO, RPO, SDO, MTO, MTD, and AIW

 Chapter 6: Risk Appetite, Tolerance, and Capacity

 Chapter 7: From Threats to Controls

 Chapter 8: Risk Management

 Chapter 9: Sampling

 Chapter 10: IS Auditor Duties for the Process of Auditing Information Systems Domain


Section 2: The Governance and Management of IT Domain

 Chapter 11: Security Concepts

 Chapter 12: Roles, Responsibilities, and a RACI Matrix

 Chapter 13: Human Resources (HR)

 Chapter 14: Outsourcing

 Chapter 15: Cloud Computing

 Chapter 16: Capital Expenditures and Operational Expenditures

 Chapter 17: BCP, DRP, and BIA

 Chapter 18: Plan Testing

 Chapter 19: Enterprise Architecture

 Chapter 20: Governance

 Chapter 21: Information Security Policy

 Chapter 22: Information Technology Management Practices

 Chapter 23: IT Organizational Structure Roles and Responsibilities

 Chapter 24: IS Auditor Duties for the Governance and Management of IT Domain


Section 3: The Information Systems Acquisition, Development, and Implementation Domain

 Chapter 25: Project Management

 Chapter 26: Benefits Realization

 Chapter 27: The Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)

 Chapter 28: Software Development

 Chapter 29: E-Commerce

 Chapter 30: EDI

 Chapter 31: Email

 Chapter 32: Electronic Money

 Chapter 33: Integrated Manufacturing System (IMS)

 Chapter 34: Industrial Control Systems (ICS)

 Chapter 35: Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems

 Chapter 36: Business Intelligence (BI)

 Chapter 37: Decision Support System (DSS)

 Chapter 38: Re-Engineering

 Chapter 39: Other Business Applications

 Chapter 40: Infrastructure

 Chapter 41: Managing Change, Configuration, Patches, and Releases

 Chapter 42: Application Controls

 Chapter 43: IS Auditor Duties for the Information Systems Acquisition, Development, and Implementation Domain


Section 4: The Information Systems Operations, Maintenance, and Service Management Domain

 Chapter 44: Information Systems Operations

 Chapter 45: Hardware Architecture

 Chapter 46: Operating Systems

 Chapter 47: Database Management

 Chapter 48: Third-Party Software

 Chapter 49: Network Infrastructure

 Chapter 50: Internet Concepts

 Chapter 51: Telecommunications

 Chapter 52: IS Auditor Duties for the Information Systems Operations, Maintenance, and Service Management Domain


Section 5: The Protection of Information Assets Domain

 Chapter 53: Asset Classification

 Chapter 54: Security Awareness and Training

 Chapter 55: External Parties

 Chapter 56: Computer Crime

 Chapter 57: Logical Access

 Chapter 58: Remote Connectivity

 Chapter 59: Media Handling

 Chapter 60: Network Security

 Chapter 61: Firewalls

 Chapter 62: Intrusion Detection

 Chapter 63: Encryption

 Chapter 64: Penetration Testing

 Chapter 65: Environmental Issues

 Chapter 66: Data Leakage Prevention (DLP)

 Chapter 67: Physical Access

 Chapter 68: IS Auditor Duties for the Protection of Information Assets Domain

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