Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

40 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

The ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam is designed to certify the competency of security professionals to audit, control, monitor, and assess information technology and business systems. It covers process of auditing information systems governance and management of IT; protection of information assets; maintenance and service management; information systems operations; and much more.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Secrets of a Successful Auditor
  • Understanding the Demand for IS Audits
  • Understanding Policies, Standards, Guidelines, and Procedures
  • Understanding Professional Ethics
  • Understanding the Purpose of an Audit
  • Differentiating Between Auditor and Auditee Roles
  • Implementing Audit Standards
  • Auditor Is an Executive Position
  • Understanding the Corporate Organizational Structure
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review Questions
Lesson 2: Managing IT Governance
  • Strategy Planning for Organizational Control
  • Overview of Tactical Management
  • Planning and Performance
  • Overview of Business Process Reengineering
  • Operations Management
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review Questions
Lesson 3: Audit Process
  • Understanding the Audit Program
  • Establishing and Approving an Audit Charter
  • Preplanning Specific Audits
  • Performing an Audit Risk Assessment
  • Determining Whether an Audit Is Possible
  • Performing the Audit
  • Gathering Audit Evidence
  • Conducting Audit Evidence Testing
  • Report Findings
  • Conducting Follow-Up (Closing Meeting)
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review Questions
Lesson 4: Networking Technology Basics
  • Understanding the Differences in Computer Architecture
  • Selecting the Best System
  • Introducing the Open Systems Interconnect Model
  • Understanding Physical Network Design
  • Understanding Network Topologies
  • Differentiating Network Cable Types
  • Connecting Network Devices
  • Using Network Services
  • Expanding the Network
  • Using Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Managing Your Network
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review Questions
Lesson 5: Information Systems Life Cycle
  • Governance in Software Development
  • Management of Software Quality
  • Overview of the Executive Steering Committee
  • Change Management
  • Management of the Software Project
  • Overview of the System Development Life Cycle
  • Overview of Data Architecture
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Program Architecture
  • Centralization versus Decentralization
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review Questions
Lesson 6: System Implementation and Operations
  • Understanding the Nature of IT Services
  • Performing IT Operations Management
  • Performing Capacity Management
  • Using Administrative Protection
  • Performing Problem Management
  • Monitoring the Status of Controls
  • Implementing Physical Protection
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review Questions
Lesson 7: Protecting Information Assets
  • Understanding the Threat
  • Using Technical Protection
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review Questions
Lesson 8: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  • Debunking the Myths
  • Understanding the Five Conflicting Disciplines Called Business Continuity
  • Defining Disaster Recovery
  • Defining the Purpose of Business Continuity
  • Uniting Other Plans with Business Continuity
  • Understanding the Five Phases of a Business Continuity Program
  • Understanding the Auditor Interests in BC/DR Plans
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Certification(s):

This course prepares the student to take the ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification exam.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
Web Browser Settings:
  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**