CISA: Certified Information Systems Auditor

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) refers to a designation issued by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). The CISA designation is the global standard for professionals who have a career in information systems, in particular, auditing, control, and security. CISA holders demonstrate to employers that they have the knowledge, technical skills, and proficiency to meet the dynamic challenges facing modern organizations.


  • CISA candidates must pass a comprehensive exam and satisfy industry work experience requirements.
  • CISA candidates must have a minimum of five years of professional experience.

The CISA exam lasts four hours and consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. The exam tests candidates’ knowledge of five 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; and Protection of Information Assets. Candidates must score 450 to pass the exam. The exam scores on a scale between 200 and 800.


  • Over 60 contact hours
  • Lectures, case studies and practicals
  • Highly experienced IT Security professionals teaching you
  • Conduct real-life security audits using tools such as Nmap, Netstumbler, SSL-Labs, ZAP and Others
  • Unlimited Access to our knowledge base with over 5000 questions, a key enabler in passing the exams
  • Affordable, with payment facilities. Discounts for individual learners.


Providing audit services in accordance with standards to assist organizations in protecting and controlling information systems. Domain 1 affirms your credibility to offer conclusions on the state of an organization’s IS/IT security, risk and control solutions.
A. Planning
IS Audit Standards, Guidelines, and Codes of Ethics
Business Processes
Types of Controls
Risk-Based Audit Planning
Types of Audits and Assessments
B. Execution
Audit Project Management
Sampling Methodology
Audit Evidence Collection Techniques
Data Analytics
Reporting and Communication Techniques
Domain 2 confirms to stakeholders your abilities to identify critical issues and recommend enterprise-specific practices to support and safeguard the governance of information and related technologies.
A. IT Governance
IT Governance and IT Strategy
IT-Related Frameworks
IT Standards, Policies, and Procedures
Organizational Structure
Enterprise Architecture
Enterprise Risk Management
Maturity Models
Laws, Regulations, and Industry Standards affecting the Organization
B. IT Management
IT Resource Management
IT Service Provider Acquisition and Management
IT Performance Monitoring and Reporting
Quality Assurance and Quality Management of IT
A. Information Systems Acquisition and Development
Project Governance and Management
Business Case and Feasibility Analysis
System Development Methodologies
Control Identification and Design
B. Information Systems Implementation
Testing Methodologies
Configuration and Release Management
System Migration, Infrastructure Deployment, and Data Conversion
Post-implementation Review
To show proof of your competency in IT controls, but also your understanding of how IT relates to business.
A. Information Systems Operations
Common Technology Components
IT Asset Management
Job Scheduling and Production Process Automation
System Interfaces
End-User Computing
Data Governance
Systems Performance Management
Problem and Incident Management
Change, Configuration, Release, and Patch Management
IT Service Level Management
Database Management
B. Business Resilience
Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
System Resiliency
Data Backup, Storage, and Restoration
Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP)  
Cybersecurity now touches virtually every information systems role, and understanding its principles, best practices and pitfalls is a major focus within Domain 5.
A. Information Asset Security and Control
Information Asset Security Frameworks, Standards, and Guidelines
Privacy Principles
Physical Access and Environmental Controls
Identity and Access Management
Network and End-Point Security
Data Classification
Data Encryption and Encryption-Related Techniques
Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
Web-Based Communication Techniques
Virtualized Environments
Mobile, Wireless, and Internet-of-Things (IoT) Devices
B. Security Event Management
Security Awareness Training and Programs
Information System Attack Methods and Techniques
Security Testing Tools and Techniques
Security Monitoring Tools and Techniques
Incident Response Management
Evidence Collection and Forensics
Plan audit to determine whether information systems are protected, controlled, and provide value to the organization.
Conduct audit in accordance with IS audit standards and a risk‐based IS audit strategy.
Communicate audit progress, findings, results, and recommendations to stakeholders.
Conduct audit follow‐up to evaluate whether risks have been sufficiently addressed.
Evaluate the IT strategy for alignment with the organization’s strategies and objectives.
Evaluate the effectiveness of IT governance structure and IT organizational structure.
Evaluate the organization’s management of IT policies and practices.
Evaluate the organization’s IT policies and practices for compliance with regulatory and legal requirements.
Evaluate IT resource and portfolio management for alignment with the organization’s strategies and objectives.
Evaluate the organization’s risk management policies and practices.
Evaluate IT management and monitoring of controls.
Evaluate the monitoring and reporting of IT key performance indicators (KPIs).
Evaluate the organization’s ability to continue business operations.
Evaluate whether the business case for proposed changes to information systems meet business objectives.
Evaluate whether IT supplier selection and contract management processes align with business requirements.
Evaluate the organization’s project management policies and practices.
Evaluate controls at all stages of the information systems development lifecycle.
Evaluate the readiness of information systems for implementation and migration into production.
Conduct post‐implementation review of systems to determine whether project deliverables, controls, and requirements are met.
Evaluate whether IT service management practices align with business requirements.
Conduct periodic review of information systems and enterprise architecture.
Evaluate IT operations to determine whether they are controlled effectively and continue to support the organization’s objectives.
Evaluate IT maintenance practices to determine whether they are controlled effectively and continue to support the organization’s objectives.
Evaluate database management practices.
Evaluate data governance policies and practices.
Evaluate problem and incident management policies and practices.
Evaluate change, configuration, release, and patch management policies and practices.
Evaluate end-user computing to determine whether the processes are effectively controlled.
Evaluate the organization’s information security and privacy policies and practices.
Evaluate physical and environmental controls to determine whether information assets are adequately safeguarded.
Evaluate logical security controls to verify the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information.
Evaluate data classification practices for alignment with the organization’s policies and applicable external requirements.
Evaluate policies and practices related to asset lifecycle management.
Evaluate the information security program to determine its effectiveness and alignment with the organization’s strategies and objectives.
Perform technical security testing to identify potential threats and vulnerabilities.
Utilize data analytics tools to streamline audit processes.
Provide consulting services and guidance to the organization in order to improve the quality and control of information systems.
Identify opportunities for process improvement in the organization’s IT policies and practices.
Evaluate potential opportunities and threats associated with emerging technologies, regulations, and industry practices.

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