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Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®) is a globally recognised professional certification for Information Technology Audit professionals, and serves to validate their competence in the fields of audit, control and security of information systems. The certificate is awarded by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

The CISA certification is considered the globally accepted standard of proficiency in IS audit. CISA-certified individuals have demonstrated their capabilities in managing vulnerabilities and instituting controls within the enterprise, and undertake to comply with the rigorous auditing standards set by ISACA. They are highly sought after in hiring circles - having this achievement under your belt would lead to more extensive employment opportunities with higher pay grades.

Our ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) training course equips information professionals with the theoretical and practical skills required to get good scores in the certification exam. CISA certified employees provide their organisations with greater trust in their information systems, and are committed to the highest degree of professional standards.

What you will learn?

The workshop will help you:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the tasks and knowledge expected of a world-class information systems auditor
  • Acquire and maintain the level of knowledge required to meet the challenges of a modern enterprise
  • Provide increased credibility for your organization when working with clients and vendors, as the CISA is recognised and accepted worldwide
  • The certification provides strong criteria to help management in the selection of personnel and development
  • Confirm your knowledge, competence and skills
  • Get a thorough grounding in course material that will help you successfully undertake the CISA certificate exam
You will also get:
  • Downloadable e-book
  • Expert coaching from certified instructors
  • Post workshop assistance for exam

Key Features

High quality training provided by renowned expert
CISA Exam prep help and support
Learn to design audit systems that comply with ISACA®
Course completion certificate will be provided, 1 credit per hour of learning
Expert advice and tips to apply theoretical skills
Comprehensive course covering all objectives of CISA® certification
CISA® Certification can be facilitated on request at an additional fee

Certification

Prerequisites:
There is no pre-requisite to attend the training; however to gain the CISA® Certification, there is a minimum requirement of 5 years of professional information systems auditing, control or security work experience. Experience waivers are available for a maximum of three (3) years. 
To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit the official website of ISACA.
Certification
On successful completion of this course, follow steps mentioned below to earn your CISA®:
1.     Successful completion of the CISA examination
2.     Submit an Application for CISA Certification
3.     Adherence to the Code of Professional Ethics
4.     Adherence to the Continuing Professional Education Program
5.     Compliance with the Information Systems Auditing Standards

The Exam

The CISA Exam is 4 hours long with 150 questions. ISACA uses a 200-800 point scale with 450 or higher required to pass the exam.

Curriculum

The course and examination cover the current, official ISACA material in the following areas:
  • The process of auditing information systems
  • Governance and management of IT
  • Information Systems acquisition, development, and implementation
  • Information Systems operations, maintenance and support
  • Protection of information assets

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Frequently Asked Questions

Participants can take the CISA® Exam by directly registering on the ISACA website.

ISACA uses and delivers scores on a regular scale from 200 to 800. For instance, the top score of 800 represents a perfect tally with all questions answered correctly; whereas a score of 200 is the lowest score possible and signifies that only a small number of questions were answered accurately. To pass the CISA® Exam, you need to achieve a score of 450 or above.

The CISA® exam covers 5 IS audit, control or security areas, each of which is further defined and detailed through task and knowledge statements.

Considered the globally accepted standard of proficiency in IS audit, Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®) is a certification for Information Technology Audit professionals, and serves to validate their competence in the fields of audit, control and security of information systems. The certificate is awarded by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

There is no prerequisite to attend the training; however to gain the CISA Certification, there is a minimum requirement of 5 years of professional information systems auditing, control or security work experience. Substitutions and waivers of such experience may be obtained if certain education and general IS or audit experience requirements are met.

You can maintain your CISA® by earning continuing professional education (CPE) credits. This is important to stay relevant and up-to-date with new techniques and tools in the field of information systems audit, control and security.
To know how to earn CPEs visit
http://www.isaca.org/Certification/CISA-Certified-Information-Systems-Auditor/Pages/Maintain-Your-CISA.aspx

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This course has been designed to intensively prepare delegates for the CISA examination as outlined by ISACA. Additionally, this course would immensely benefit professionals responsible for controlling, monitoring and assessing an organization’s information technology and business systems and also for those aspiring to make a career in Information Systems Audit. The participant mix is as follows:

  • Internal and external auditors
  • Finance/CPA professionals
  • IT professionals
  • Information Security professionals

Yes, KnowledgeHut offers CISA practice tests. 

Yes, we offer online training for the CISA. 

To verify a certification, follow the below-mentioned steps: 

  • Visit the official website of ISACA
  • On the right side of the page, find ‘Verify the Certification’. 
  • Under that, select the type of certification. 
  • Next, enter the certification number and the last name. 
  • Hit ‘Submit’. 

You can submit requests for verification along with signed written consent from the CISA professional to the Customer Experience Center of ISACA. 

Follow these steps to book the CISA exam: 

  • Visit the official website of ISACA. 
  • Log in to your account. You can create one easily by entering basic, personal details. 
  • Under the Credentialing section, click on CISA. 
  • As you go down the page, under the ‘Take and Pass the exam’ section, you will find ‘Register for an exam’. 
  • Fill in the details and submit. 
  • You will have to make the payment within 90 days from the date of registration.  

The CISA exam is extremely difficult. Only 50% of the test takers pass. First-time participants have an even lower passing 

If you have a background in IT Security or Auditing, you will need about 4 months to prepare for the CISA certification. If you are new to these areas, you might need 6 to 8 months to study for the CISA certification. 

Since its establishment in 1978, there have been more than 129,000 professionals who have earned CISA designation. 

The cost of the new member fee is $30 if you fax or mail your membership application. If you join online, the fee is $10. ISACA membership involves joining a local chapter and the international association and dues are required to be paid for both International and Local Chapter. 

To get CISA certified, you first need to fulfil the eligibility requirements. It is not necessary to satisfy the requirements for the exam. If you don’t fulfil, you can still take the exam and then fulfil the requirements later. You must have at least 5 years of work experience in information systems auditing, security, or control. Here are a few substitution options: 

  • 1 year of information or non-information systems auditing experience can be used as a substitution. 
  • 60 to 120 university credit hours equivalent to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree can be substituted for 1 or 2 years respectively. 
  • Getting a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a university with ISACA-sponsored Model Curricula can substitute 1 year. 
  • Any Master’s degree in information technology or information security is equivalent to 1 year of experience. 
  • 2 years working as an instructor in a related field at an accredited university can be used to substitute 1 year of experience. 

If you are going for the experience after giving the exam, make sure that you complete this within 5 years of passing the CISA exam and 10 years of applying for the certification. 

Once you get the CISA certificate, you have to adhere to the Code of Professional Ethics set by the ISACA. If you fail to do so, it can result in an investigation leading to disciplinary measures. 

You also have to adhere to the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Program. It is for keeping all the certified professionals up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field of information systems. You need to complete 20 hours every year and 120 hours for the 3-year period. There are stringent requirements and annual fees associated with CPE to maintain the Credentials.

Yes, CISA certification is worth for the following reasons: 

  • CISA professionals can get more than $50,000 at entry-level and more than $150,000 for C-Suite positions. Through certifications, you can boost your professional skill sets that can lead to better salaries. 
  • CISA professionals can enjoy multiple opportunities depending on where they apply their skills. 
  • CISA meets the DOD Directive 8140 requirement that gives certified IT professionals a head start on government security jobs like the DHS. 

The benefits of getting CISA certified: 

  • Validates your knowledge and experience in the field 
  • Helps you market and quantify your expertise 
  • Demonstrate tactical skills needed for cracking the exam 
  • Helps you get globally recognized as an IS Audit professional 
  • Increase your value to the organization 
  • Gives you a competitive advantage 
  • Improves your credibility in the market 
  • Raises your professional standard 
  • Can get you high salary

Here are the best books for CISA preparation: 

  • CISA Review Manual (CRM) from ISACA 
  • CISA Certified Information Systems Auditor Study Guide, 4th Edition 
  • CISA Certified Information Systems Auditor All-in-one Exam Guide, 3rd Edition 
  • CISA Review Questions, Answer and Explanations Manual, 11th Edition 
  • CISA Exam - Study Guide by Hemand Doshi 
  • ISA Exam Secrets Study Guide: CISA Test Review for the Certified Information Systems Auditor Exam 
  • CISA Exam Prep: Certified Information Systems Auditor, 1st Edition 

Both CISA and CISM are offered by ISACA but have many differences. Here are a few differences that will help you decide which one is better for you: 

  • CISA is for Auditors while CISM is for Risk Managers and Information Security Managers. 
  • According to ISACA, CISA recognizes the experience of an audit professional for assessing the IS vulnerabilities, instituting control in the enterprise and reporting on compliance. CISM recognizes the professionals responsible for managing, designing, overseeing, and assessing the information security of an enterprise. 
  • CISA is for professionals providing assurance about information security controls and CISM are the ones tasked with ensuring the information security of the enterprise. 
  • CISA holders are focused on IT auditing, regulatory compliance, controls, and time audit of IT infrastructure. CISM job descriptions include information security management, business impact analysis, and information security risk analysis, etc. 

Here are the key aspects to note while preparing for the CISA Exam: 

  • Note that the IS in IS Auditor is Information Systems and not Information Security. Though information security is a central subject, it covers only 25% of the exam. So, make sure you know what you are getting into. 
  • Think like an Auditor to have your knowledge aligned with the ISACA’s way of thinking. 
  • Read the ISACA Exam Candidate Information Guide. 
  • Use the resources provided by the ISACA. 
  • Use the free exam prep resources available online. 
  • Create a custom study plan for yourself. 
  • Enroll in a training program from an accredited training provider. 
  • Join an online community where you can clear any query you have. 
  • Make a plan to prepare for the exam day. 
  • On the day of the exam, don’t stress and try to clear your mind. 

The CISA stands for Certified Information Systems Auditor. 

The CISA exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions testing the knowledge of candidates in the following job practice domains: 

  • The Process of Auditing Information Systems 
  • Government and Management of IT 
  • Information Systems Acquisition, Development, and Implementation 
  • Information Systems Operations, Maintenance and Service Management 
  • Protection of Information Assets 

Candidates need to score at least 450 to clear the exam. The exam is scored on a scale between 200 and 800. It can be taken anytime by scheduling it via Pearson VUE Centers and can be taken in multiple languages including Spanish, French, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Mandarin (traditional and simplified). 

The cost of a CISA application is $50. Exam fees varies between $400 to $600 depending on status – Member/Non-Member and when exam fees is paid and exam is scheduled. There is also an associated yearly fee you have to pay for maintaining the certification. For ISACA members, the annual fee is $40 and for the non-members, the fee is $85. 

The CISA designation is issued by the ISACA or the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. It is the global standard for professionals working in the field of information systems, particularly in auditing, security, and control. 

After getting the CISA certification, you can move on the other professional certification offered by the ISACA: 

  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) 
  • Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) 
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) 

The CISA exam has 150, multiple-choice questions that must be completed within 4 hours. The questions will be from the following 5 domains of IS audit, security, and control: 

  • The Process of Auditing Information Systems (21% of the Exam) 
  • Governance & Management of IT (16% of the Exam) 
  • Information Systems Acquisition, Development & Implementation (18% of the Exam) 
  • Information Systems Operations, Maintenance & Service Management (20% of the Exam) 
  • Protection of Information Assets (25% of the Exam)

The passing rate of the CISA exam is 75%.

The average annual salary of a CISA professional is $102k. 

To be eligible for CISA certification, candidates must have 5+ years of working experience in auditing, controlling, or securing information systems. It is possible to substitute a maximum of 3 out of the 5 required years. Here are the qualifying substitutes: 

  • A maximum of 1 year of non-IS auditing experience or 1 year of information systems experience can be substituted for 1 year of experience. 
  • 60 to 120 completed credit hours in university that are not limited to the 10-year preceding restriction can be substituted 1 to 2 years of experience depending on the 2 or 4-year degree respectively. 
  • Completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an institute enforcing the ISACA-sponsored Model Curricula can be used as a substitution for 1-year experience. 
  • A master’s degree in information technology or information security for an accredited university can substitute 1 year of experience. 
  • Two years working as a full-time instructor in a university in a related field like accounting, computer science, information systems auditing can be substituted for 1 year of experience. 

All the candidates must agree to abide by the Code of Professional Ethics. Also, once they get the certification, they need to complete at least 120 hours of CPE every three years along with a minimum of 20 hours per year. 

The average salary of a CISA Certified professional is $102k. 

The time required for getting CISA certification depends on the training classes you want to access. The ISACA offers several choices, provided you join it. You need to pay a subscription fee to become an ISACA member for a year. Then, you can opt for an online course or an on-demand review. You can also go for a course from an accredited training provider like KnowledgeHut. 

The CISA or the Certified Information Systems Auditor certification course will provide you the skills needed for governing and controlling enterprise IT and performing an effective security audit. When it is aligned with the latest CISA exam edition, it will upskill you for protecting information systems. 

Through this CISA course, you will become an expert in acquisition, developing, testing, and implementing Information systems. You will also learn the standards, guidelines and best practices of how you can protect them. The online training course will enhance your knowledge of the information system audit process and how to protect it adequately. 

The Information Systems Audit and Control Association or ISACA is an international, professional association that focuses on Information Technology or IT governance. This non-profit, global, and independent association is engaged in the development, adoption and use of globally accepted knowledge and practices of the Information system. It is responsible for providing benchmarks, guidance, and governance tools for organizations that use information systems. It also hosts international conferences focusing on technical as well as managerial topics related to IS assurance, security, control, and IT governance. It coordinates the following certification programs: 

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) 
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) 
  • Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) 
  • Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT) 2019 
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) 
  • Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) 
  • Cybersecurity Nexus Practitioner (CSX-P) 

The first cybersecurity certification from ISACA, CSX-P was introduced in 2015. To obtain the certification, all candidates are required to work in a live environment with real problems. Specifically, for the exam, test takers will work in a live network where a real incident is taking place. How candidates respond to the incident and fix the problem will determine the type of score. 

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