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The Certified Information Systems Auditor Certification: Making You an Important Asset to Your Organization

Information systems (IS) are the most vital part of modern organizations. However, they are just machines. Thus, they require regular checkups and evaluations in order to make sure that they are reliable and able to keep data secure. For this reason, information system audits are arranged.

 

During these audits, data on an organization’s information systems, practices, and operations is collected and evaluated. This way, the organization will find out if its systems are storing data safely, protecting assets, and operating effectively to meet the organization’s goals. As this is a very important task, the need for a Certified Information Systems Auditor arises.

An IT professional can become a Certified Information Systems Auditor by obtaining the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Certification. The program has been sponsored by the Information Security Audit and Control Association (ISACA) since 1978 and since then has been an acknowledged standard of achievement within the IS audit and security professionals community. The following topics will be covered during the CISA course:

  • The mechanics of the IS Audit Process
  • The principles of IT Governance
  • The basics of Systems and Infrastructure Life Cycle Management
  • The procedure of IT Service Delivery and Support
  • The importance of and techniques used for protecting Information Assets
  • The standards of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

These topics along with their sub-topics are going to be part of your five-day training course. However, ISACA offers the CISA Certification exam only twice a year – in June and December. That exam is the only thing standing between you and your CISA Certification.  There is only one requirement for sitting for the CISA Certification exam: five years of professional IS auditing, control, or security work experience. However, there are substitutions and waivers available for this prerequisite:

  • A maximum of one year of IS experience or one year of financial or operational auditing experience can be substituted for one year of IS auditing, control, or security experience.
  • 60 to 120 college credit hours can be substituted for one or two years of IS auditing, control, or security experience.
  • Two years as a full time university instructor in an associated field such as computer science or accounting can be substituted for a year of auditing, control, or security experience.

The CISA Certification exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions that are to be answered during a 4-hour period. The questions will cover the aforementioned topics; however most of the questions (31% of the exam) will be related to the protection of Information Assets. Scores will be allocated on a scale from 200 to 800. To pass the exam, you must receive a score of 450 or higher.

Ashford Global IT (AGIT) can help you become a CISA. By enrolling in the institute’s Certified Information Systems Auditor training course, you will be able to gain the skills necessary for passing the CISA Certification exam.

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