Achieve your CISA certification in just four days on this accelerated course from Firebrand. Prove your auditing knowledge at an international level with the CISA, the globally recognised certification for IS audit control, assurance and security professionals.
On this accelerated four-day CISA course, you’ll get the auditing knowledge you need to identify vulnerabilities, report on compliance and introduce controls within an enterprise. You'll be immersed in this course through Firebrand’s unique Lecture | Lab | Review technique as you study the five CISA domains:
- Domain 1 - The Process of Auditing Information Systems
- Domain 2 - Governance and Management of IT
- Domain 3 - Information Systems Acquisition, Development and Implementation
- Domain 4 - Information Systems Operations, Maintenance and Support
- Domain 5 - Protection of Information Assets
You’ll also go beyond the official curriculum as you gain the knowledge needed to pass your CISA exam.
If you're an IT auditor, consultant, audit manager or security professional with auditing responsibilities, this accelerated CISA training is ideal for you.
On this accelerated course, You'll prepare for the CISA exam and receive a CISA exam voucher, that can be used at your nearest test centre.
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Seven reasons why you should sit your CISA course with Firebrand Training
- You’ll be CISA trained in just 4 days.
- Our CISA course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, accommodation and meals
- Pass CISA first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
- You’ll learn more CISA. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get up to 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
- You’ll learn CISA faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
- You’ll be studying CISA with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 74,717 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business
- You'll do more than study CISA courseware. We use labs, case studies and practice tests to make sure you can apply your new knowledge to the work environment. Our instructors use demonstrations and real-world experience to keep the day interesting and engaging
Think you are ready for the course? Take a FREE practice test to assess your knowledge!
Other accelerated training providers rely heavily on lecture and independent self-testing and study.
Effective technical instruction must be highly varied and interactive to keep attention levels high, promote camaraderie and teamwork between the students and instructor, and solidify knowledge through hands-on learning.
Firebrand Training provides instruction to meet every learning need:
- Intensive group instruction
- One-on-one instruction attention
- Hands-on labs
- Lab partner and group exercises
- Question and answer drills
- Independent study
This information has been provided as a helpful tool for candidates considering training. Courses that include certification come with a certification guarantee. Pass first time or train again for free (just pay for accommodation and exams on your return). We do not make any guarantees about personal successes or benefits of obtaining certification. Benefits of certification determined through studies do not guarantee any particular personal successes.
Domain 1 - The Process of Auditing Information Systems (21%)
Provide audit services in accordance with IS audit standards to assist the organisation in protecting and controlling information systems.
Domain 1 - Task Statements:
- 1.1 Execute a risk-based IS audit strategy in compliance with IS audit standards to ensure that key risk areas are audited.
- 1.2 Plan specific audits to determine whether information systems are protected, controlled and provide value to the organisation.
- 1.3 Conduct audits in accordance with IS audit standards to achieve planned audit objectives.
- 1.4 Communicate audit results and make recommendations to key stakeholders through meetings and audit reports to promote change when necessary.
- 1.5 Conduct audit follow-ups to determine whether appropriate actions have been taken by management in a timely manner.
Domain 1 - Knowledge Statements:
- 1.1 Knowledge of ISACA IT Audit and Assurance Standards, Guidelines and Tools and Techniques, Code of Professional Ethics and other applicable standards
- 1.2 Knowledge of the risk assessment concepts and tools and techniques used in planning, examination, reporting and follow-up
- 1.3 Knowledge of fundamental business processes (e.g., purchasing, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable) and the role of IS in these processes
- 1.4 Knowledge of the control principles related to controls in information systems
- 1.5 Knowledge of risk-based audit planning and audit project management techniques, including follow-up
- 1.6 Knowledge of the applicable laws and regulations that affect the scope, evidence collection and preservation, and frequency of audits
- 1.7 Knowledge of the evidence collection techniques (e.g., observation, inquiry, inspection, interview, data analysis, forensic investigation techniques, computer-assisted audit techniques [CAATs]) used to gather, protect and preserve audit evidence
- 1.8 Knowledge of different sampling methodologies and other substantive/data analytical procedures
- 1.9 Knowledge of reporting and communication techniques (e.g., facilitation, negotiation, conflict resolution, audit report structure, issue writing, management summary, result verification)
- 1.10 Knowledge of audit quality assurance (QA) systems and frameworks
- 1.11 Knowledge of various types of audits (e.g., internal, external, financial) and methods for assessing and placing reliance on the work of other auditors or control entities
Domain 2 - Governance and Management of IT (16%)
Provide assurance that the necessary leadership and organisational structures and processes are in place to achieve objectives and to support the organisation's strategy.
Domain 2 - Task Statements:
- 2.1 Evaluate the IT strategy, including IT direction, and the processes for the strategy’s development, approval, implementation and maintenance for alignment with the organisation’s strategies and objectives.
- 2.2 Evaluate the effectiveness of the IT governance structure to determine whether IT decisions, directions and performance support the organisation’s strategies and objectives.
- 2.3 Evaluate IT organisational structure and human resources (personnel) management to determine whether they support the organisation’s strategies and objectives.
- 2.4 Evaluate the organisation’s IT policies, standards and procedures, and the processes for their development, approval, release/publishing, implementation and maintenance to determine whether they support the IT strategy and comply with regulatory and legal requirements.
- 2.5 Evaluate IT resource management, including investment, prioritisation, allocation and use, for alignment with the organisation’s strategies and objectives.
- 2.6 Evaluate IT portfolio management, including investment, prioritisation and allocation, for alignment with the organisation’s strategies and objectives.
- 2.7 Evaluate risk management practices to determine whether the organisation’s IT-related risk is identified, assessed, monitored, reported and managed.
- 2.8 Evaluate IT management and monitoring of controls (e.g., continuous monitoring, quality assurance [QA]) for compliance with the organisation’s policies, standards and procedures.
- 2.9 Evaluate monitoring and reporting of IT key performance indicators (KPIs) to determine whether management receives sufficient and timely information.
- 2.10 Evaluate the organisation’s business continuity plan (BCP), including alignment of the IT disaster recovery plan (DRP) with the BCP, to determine the organisation’s ability to continue essential business operations during the period of an IT disruption.
Domain 2 - Knowledge Statements:
- 2.1 Knowledge of the purpose of IT strategy, policies, standards and procedures for an organisation and the essential elements of each
- 2.2 Knowledge of IT governance, management, security and control frameworks, and related standards, guidelines and practices
- 2.3 Knowledge of the organisational structure, roles and responsibilities related to IT, including segregation of duties (SoD)
- 2.4 Knowledge of the relevant laws, regulations and industry standards affecting the organisation
- 2.5 Knowledge of the organisation’s technology direction and IT architecture and their implications for setting long-term strategic directions
- 2.6 Knowledge of the processes for the development, implementation and maintenance of IT strategy, policies, standards and procedures
- 2.7 Knowledge of the use of capability and maturity models
- 2.8 Knowledge of process optimisation techniques
- 2.9 Knowledge of IT resource investment and allocation practices, including prioritisation criteria (e.g., portfolio management, value management, personnel management)
- 2.10 Knowledge of IT supplier selection, contract management, relationship management and performance monitoring processes, including third-party outsourcing relationships
- 2.11 Knowledge of enterprise risk management (ERM)
- 2.12 Knowledge of the practices for monitoring and reporting of controls performance (e.g., continuous monitoring, quality assurance [QA])
- 2.13 Knowledge of quality management and quality assurance (QA) systems
- 2.14 Knowledge of the practices for monitoring and reporting of IT performance (e.g., balanced scorecard [BSC], key performance indicators [KPIs])
- 2.15 Knowledge of business impact analysis (BIA)
- 2.16 Knowledge of the standards and procedures for the development, maintenance and testing of the business continuity plan (BCP)
- 2.17 Knowledge of the procedures used to invoke and execute the business continuity plan (BCP) and return to normal operations
Domain 3 - Information Systems Acquisition, Development and Implementation (18%)
Provide assurance that the practices for the acquisition, development, testing and implementation of information systems meet the organisation’s strategies and objectives.
Domain 3 - Task Statements:
- 3.1 Evaluate the business case for the proposed investments in information systems acquisition, development, maintenance and subsequent retirement to determine whether the business case meets business objectives.
- 3.2 Evaluate IT supplier selection and contract management processes to ensure that the organisation’s service levels and requisite controls are met.
- 3.3 Evaluate the project management framework and controls to determine whether business requirements are achieved in a cost-effective manner while managing risk to the organisation.
- 3.4 Conduct reviews to determine whether a project is progressing in accordance with project plans, is adequately supported by documentation, and has timely and accurate status reporting.
- 3.5 Evaluate controls for information systems during the requirements, acquisition, development and testing phases for compliance with the organisation's policies, standards, procedures and applicable external requirements.
- 3.6 Evaluate the readiness of information systems for implementation and migration into production to determine whether project deliverables, controls and the organisation's requirements are met.
- 3.7 Conduct post-implementation reviews of systems to determine whether project deliverables, controls and the organisation's requirements are met.
Domain 3 - Knowledge Statements:
- 3.1 Knowledge of benefits realisation practices, (e.g., feasibility studies, business cases, total cost of ownership [TCO], return on investment [ROI])
- 3.2 Knowledge of IT acquisition and vendor management practices (e.g., evaluation and selection process, contract management, vendor risk and relationship management, escrow, software licensing), including third-party outsourcing relationships, IT suppliers and service providers.
- 3.3 Knowledge of project governance mechanisms (e.g., steering committee, project oversight board, project management office)
- 3.4 Knowledge of project management control frameworks, practices and tools
- 3.5 Knowledge of the risk management practices applied to projects
- 3.6 Knowledge of requirements analysis and management practices (e.g., requirements verification, traceability, gap analysis, vulnerability management, security requirements)
- 3.7 Knowledge of the enterprise architecture (EA) related to data, applications and technology (e.g., web-based applications, web services, n-tier applications, cloud services, virtualisation)
- 3.8 Knowledge of system development methodologies and tools, including their strengths and weaknesses (e.g., agile development practices, prototyping, rapid application development [RAD], object-oriented design techniques, secure coding practices, system version control)
- 3.9 Knowledge of the control objectives and techniques that ensure the completeness, accuracy, validity and authorisation of transactions and data
- 3.10 Knowledge of the testing methodologies and practices related to the information system development life cycle (SDLC)
- 3.11 Knowledge of the configuration and release management relating to the development of information systems
- 3.12 Knowledge of system migration and infrastructure deployment practices and data conversion tools, techniques and procedures.
- 3.13 Knowledge of project success criteria and project risk
- 3.14 Knowledge of post-implementation review objectives and practices (e.g., project closure, control implementation, benefits realisation, performance measurement)
Domain 4 - Information Systems Operations, Maintenance and Service Management (20%)
Provide assurance that the processes for information systems operations, maintenance and service management meet the organisation’s strategies and objectives.
Domain 4 - Task Statements:
- 4.1 Evaluate the IT service management framework and practices (internal or third party) to determine whether the controls and service levels expected by the organisation are being adhered to and whether strategic objectives are met.
- 4.2 Conduct periodic reviews of information systems to determine whether they continue to meet the organisation’s objectives within the enterprise architecture (EA).
- 4.3 Evaluate IT operations (e.g., job scheduling, configuration management, capacity and performance management) to determine whether they are controlled effectively and continue to support the organisation’s objectives.
- 4.4 Evaluate IT maintenance (patches, upgrades) to determine whether they are controlled effectively and continue to support the organisation’s objectives.
- 4.5 Evaluate database management practices to determine the integrity and optimisation of databases.
- 4.6 Evaluate data quality and life cycle management to determine whether they continue to meet strategic objectives.
- 4.7 Evaluate problem and incident management practices to determine whether problems and incidents are prevented, detected, analysed, reported and resolved in a timely manner to support the organisation's objectives.
- 4.8 Evaluate change and release management practices to determine whether changes made to systems and applications are adequately controlled and documented.
- 4.9 Evaluate end-user computing to determine whether the processes are effectively controlled and support the organisation’s objectives.
- 4.10 Evaluate IT continuity and resilience (backups/restores, disaster recovery plan [DRP]) to determine whether they are controlled effectively and continue to support the organisation’s objectives.
Domain 4 - Knowledge Statements:
- 4.1 Knowledge of service management frameworks
- 4.2 Knowledge of service management practices and service level management
- 4.3 Knowledge of the techniques for monitoring third-party performance and compliance with service agreements and regulatory requirements
- 4.4 Knowledge of enterprise architecture (EA)
- 4.5 Knowledge of the functionality of fundamental technology (e.g., hardware and network components, system software, middleware, database management systems)
- 4.6 Knowledge of system resiliency tools and techniques (e.g., fault-tolerant hardware, elimination of single point of failure, clustering)
- 4.7 Knowledge of IT asset management, software licensing, source code management and inventory practices
- 4.8 Knowledge of job scheduling practices, including exception handling
- 4.9 Knowledge of the control techniques that ensure the integrity of system interfaces
- 4.10 Knowledge of capacity planning and related monitoring tools and techniques
- 4.11 Knowledge of systems performance monitoring processes, tools and techniques (e.g., network analysers, system utilisation reports, load balancing)
- 4.12 Knowledge of data backup, storage, maintenance and restoration practices
- 4.13 Knowledge of database management and optimisation practices
- 4.14 Knowledge of data quality (completeness, accuracy, integrity) and life cycle management (aging, retention)
- 4.15 Knowledge of problem and incident management practices
- 4.16 Knowledge of change management, configuration management, release management and patch management practices
- 4.17 Knowledge of the operational risk and controls related to end-user computing
- 4.18 Knowledge of the regulatory, legal, contractual and insurance issues related to disaster recovery
- 4.19 Knowledge of business impact analysis (BIA) related to disaster recovery planning
- 4.20 Knowledge of the development and maintenance of disaster recovery plans (DRPs)
- 4.21 Knowledge of the benefits and drawbacks of alternate processing sites (e.g., hot sites, warm sites, cold sites)
- 4.22 Knowledge of disaster recovery testing methods
- 4.23 Knowledge of the processes used to invoke the disaster recovery plans (DRPs)
Domain 5—Protection of Information Assets(25%)
Provide assurance that the organisation’s policies, standards, procedures and controls ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information assets.
Domain 5 - Task Statements:
- 5.1 Evaluate the information security and privacy policies, standards and procedures for completeness, alignment with generally accepted practices and compliance with applicable external requirements.
- 5.2 Evaluate the design, implementation, maintenance, monitoring and reporting of physical and environmental controls to determine whether information assets are adequately safeguarded.
- 5.3 Evaluate the design, implementation, maintenance, monitoring and reporting of system and logical security controls to verify the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information.
- 5.4 Evaluate the design, implementation and monitoring of the data classification processes and procedures for alignment with the organisation’s policies, standards, procedures and applicable external requirements.
- 5.5 Evaluate the processes and procedures used to store, retrieve, transport and dispose of assets to determine whether information assets are adequately safeguarded.
- 5.6 Evaluate the information security program to determine its effectiveness and alignment with the organisation’s strategies and objectives.
Domain 5 - Knowledge Statements:
- 5.1 Knowledge of the generally accepted practices and applicable external requirements (e.g., laws, regulations) related to the protection of information assets
- 5.2 Knowledge of privacy principles
- 5.3 Knowledge of the techniques for the design, implementation, maintenance, monitoring and reporting of security controls
- 5.4 Knowledge of the physical and environmental controls and supporting practices related to the protection of information assets
- 5.5 Knowledge of the physical access controls for the identification, authentication and restriction of users to authorised facilities and hardware
- 5.6 Knowledge of the logical access controls for the identification, authentication and restriction of users to authorised functions and data
- 5.7 Knowledge of the security controls related to hardware, system software (e.g., applications, operating systems) and database management systems.
- 5.8 Knowledge of the risk and controls associated with virtualisation of systems
- 5.9 Knowledge of the risk and controls associated with the use of mobile and wireless devices, including personally owned devices (bring your own device [BYOD])
- 5.10 Knowledge of voice communications security (e.g., PBX, Voice-over Internet Protocol [VoIP])
- 5.11 Knowledge of network and Internet security devices, protocols and techniques
- 5.12 Knowledge of the configuration, implementation, operation and maintenance of network security controls
- 5.13 Knowledge of encryption-related techniques and their uses
- 5.14 Knowledge of public key infrastructure (PKI) components and digital signature techniques
- 5.15 Knowledge of the risk and controls associated with peer-to-peer computing, instant messaging, and web-based technologies (e.g., social networking, message boards, blogs, cloud computing)
- 5.16 Knowledge of the data classification standards related to the protection of information assets
- 5.17 Knowledge of the processes and procedures used to store, retrieve, transport and dispose of confidential information assets
- 5.18 Knowledge of the risk and controls associated with data leakage
- 5.19 Knowledge of the security risk and controls related to end-user computing
- 5.20 Knowledge of methods for implementing a security awareness program
- 5.21 Knowledge of information system attack methods and techniques
- 5.22 Knowledge of prevention and detection tools and control techniques
- 5.23 Knowledge of security testing techniques (e.g., penetration testing, vulnerability scanning)
- 5.24 Knowledge of the processes related to monitoring and responding to security incidents (e.g., escalation procedures, emergency incident response team)
- 5.25 Knowledge of the processes followed in forensics investigation and procedures in collection and preservation of the data and evidence (i.e., chain of custody).
- 5.26 Knowledge of the fraud risk factors related to the protection of information assets
See Exam Track...
You'll prepare for the following exam at the Firebrand Training Centre, covered by your Certification Guarantee:
- CISA Exam
- Duration: 4 hours
- Number of questions: 150
- Languages: English, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Turkish
The CISA exam tests knowledge in the following CISA domains:
- Domain 1 - The Process of Auditing Information Systems (21%)
- Domain 2 - Governance and Management of IT (16%)
- Domain 3 - Information Systems Acquisition, Development and Implementation (18%)
- Domain 4 - Information Systems Operations, Maintenance and Service Management (20%)
- Domain 5 - Protection of Information Assets (25%)
Firebrand is an ISACA ATO. This means you'll have access to official ISACA courseware and you'll receive a CISA exam voucher, that can be used at your nearest test centre.
ISACA Exam Testing Windows
If you choose to sit the exam, there will be three testing windows of 16-week durations. Your accelerated course will take place within one of these testing windows.
Next testing window: 1 February - 24 May 2018
- Early Registration Deadline: 16 February 2018
- Final Registration Deadline: 18 May 2018
Not sure how to register for the exam? Call us on 080 80 800 888 for advice.
See What's Included...
On this accelerated CISA course, you'll get official ISACA Student Kits which include:
- Certification Review Manual
- A 12 month subscription to ISACA Exam Review Questions, Answers and Explanations
- Sample Practice Questions
- Copy of Course Materials
You'll also access additional, exclusive CISA curriculum built by Firebrand.
Firebrand Training offers top-quality technical education and certification training in an all-inclusive course package specifically designed for the needs and ease of our students. We attend to every detail so our students can focus solely on their studies and certification goals.
Our Certification Programs includes
- Intensive Hands-on Training Utilising our (Lecture | Lab | Review)TM Delivery
- Comprehensive Study Materials, Program Courseware and Self-Testing Software including MeasureUp *
- Fully instructor-led program with 24 hour lab access
- Examination vouchers **
- Near site testing, Transportation to/from Testing Center are provided ***
- Accommodation, all meals, unlimited beverages, snacks and tea / coffee****
- Examination Passing Policy
- * Not on all courses
- ** Examination vouchers are not included for the following courses: PMP, CAPM and CISSP CBK Review
- *** Not included in our PMP, CAPM, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, (ISC)2 or ITIL Managers and Revision Certifications
- **** Accommodation not included on the CISSP CBK Review Seminar
Our instructors teach to accommodate every student's learning needs through individualised instruction, hands-on labs, lab partner and group exercises, independent study, self-testing, and question/answer drills.
Firebrand Training has dedicated, well-equipped educational facilities where you will attend instruction and labs and have access to comfortable study and lounging rooms. Our students consistently say our facilities are second-to-none.
Examination Passing Policy
Should a student complete a Firebrand Training Program without having successfully passed all vendor examinations, the student may re-attend that program for a period of one year. Students will only be responsible for accommodations and vendor exam fees.
The CISA certification is designed to recognise information systems (IS) audit, control and security professionals. You must be able to submit evidence of a minimum of five years of professional information systems auditing, control or security work experience.
The following can be substituted for a maximum of three of the five-year work experience requirement:
- A maximum of 1 year of information systems experience OR 1 year of non-IS auditing experience can be substituted for 1 year of experience.
- 60 to 120 completed university semester credit hours (the equivalent of an 2-year or 4-year degree) not limited by the 10-year preceding restriction, can be substituted for 1 or 2 years of experience, respectively. A bachelor's or master's degree from a university that enforces the ISACA-sponsored Model Curricula can be substituted for 1 year of experience. This option cannot be used if 3 years of experience substitution and educational waiver have already been claimed.
- A master's degree in information security or information technology from an accredited university can be substituted for 1 year of experience.
- Exception: 2 years as a full-time university instructor in a related field (e.g., computer science, accounting, information systems auditing) can be substituted for 1 year of experience.
As an example, at a minimum (assuming a 2-year waiver of experience by substituting 120 university credits), an applicant must have 3 years of actual work experience. This experience can be completed by:
3 years of IS audit, control, assurance or security experience
2 years of IS audit, control assurance or security experience and 1 full year non-IS audit or IS experience or 2 years as a full-time university instructor.
Applicants must also adherence to:
- The Code of Professional Ethics
- The Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Program
- The Information Systems Auditing Standards
Many individuals choose to take the CISA exam prior to meeting the experience requirements.
This practice is acceptable and encouraged - as long as the experience is gained within a 10 year period preceding the application date or within 5 years from the date of originally passing the exam. Candidates have 5 years from the passing date to apply for certification.
For more information on whether you meet the prerequisites for the CISA certification contact our team on 080 80 800 888.
Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites?
Don’t worry - we’ll discuss your technical background, experience and qualifications to determine whether this accelerated course suits you.
Just call us on +27 87 550 2195 and speak to one of our enrolment consultants.
Firebrand is an immersive environment and requires commitment. Some prerequisites are simply guidelines; you may find your unique experience, attitude and determination enables you to succeed on your accelerated course.
ISACA CISA Course Dates
ISACA - CISA Certification
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