CISA is a globally recognized certification meticulously designed for the professionals responsible for monitoring, managing, and protecting an organization’s IT and business environment. The CISA certification training course validates the certification holder’s skills and expertise to assess vulnerabilities, report compliance issues, and successfully implement IT security controls for an organization.
The CISA is a globally reputed certification for security professionals who audit, monitor, and assess organizations’ information systems and business operations. The certification showcases the candidate’s auditing experience, knowledge, and skills to evaluate vulnerabilities, report on compliance, and institute controls within the enterprise. Organizations require audit professionals who possess the knowledge and expertise to identify critical issues and security challenges. The skills and practices that CISA promotes and evaluates are the building blocks of success in the field. Possessing the CISA demonstrates proficiency and is the basis for measurement in the profession.
A minimum of 5 years of professional information systems auditing, control or security work experience (as described in the CISA job practice areas) is required for certification. Substitutions and waivers of such experience, to a maximum of 3 years, maybe obtained as follows:
- 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 a 2-year or 4-year degree) not limited by the 10-year preceding restriction can be substituted for 1 or 2 years, respectively, of experience.
- A master’s degree in information security or information technology from an accredited university can be substituted for 1 year of experience.
CISA Course Content
- Domain 1 – Information System Auditing Process (21%)
- Domain 2 – Governance and Management of IT (17%)
- Domain 3 – Information Systems Acquisition, Development, and Imp. (12%)
- Domain 4 – Information Systems Operations and Business Resilience (23%)
- Domain 5 – Protection of Information Assets (27%)
- Computer-Based Testing Locations
- CISM exams are administered at 1,300 PSI locations across the world and in ten languages.
Please visit https://www.isaca.org/credentialing/cism/cism-exam to search the suitable exam site. ISACA keeps adding the new PSI locations.
Yes. Answers can reviewed.
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- Preliminary result (pass or not pass) is available on the screen immediately after the completion of your exam.
- Official score will be emailed and available online within 10 business days from the date that candidates take the exam.
- Successful candidates receive details on how to apply for certification.
- Result is not available on phone or fax to maintain the privacy.
- Pass the CISA Exam within the last 5 years.
- minimum of 5 years of professional work experience in information systems auditing, control or security.
- Substitutes to work experience may be applied for a maximum of 3 of the 5 required years.
- Submit the CISA Certification Application including Application Processing Fee.
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- Pass the CISA examination
- Submit an application for CISA certification
- Adherence to the Code of Professional Ethics
- Adherence to the Continuing Professional Education Program
- Compliance with the Information Systems Auditing Standards
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- CISA certification is one of the most recognized credentials and acts as a global standard for Business Systems and Information technology for professional who audit, access and control data.
- It validates a candidate’s proficiency, skills, experience, and knowledge including valid competency in managing vulnerabilities, ensuring compliance, instituting content and Information Security monitoring and Auditing job responsibilities.
- CISA exam tests the users understanding of the job practices more than theoretical knowledge.
- Anyone with a minimum five years of professional work experience in information systems, auditing, and/or security can take up the exam.
- Member: US$575
- Non Member Fee: US$760
On 200-800 point scale, ISACA has set 450 as the passing mark for the exams.
- A scaled score is a conversion of the raw score on an exam to a common scale.
- Please note that the exam score is not based on an arithmetic or percent average. For example, if all 150 questions are answered correctly, the scaled score is 800, a perfect score; a scaled score of 200 is the lowest score possible when only a small number of questions are answered correctly.
- Scaled score of 450 or higher must be achieved to pass the exam.
A score of 450 represents a minimum consistent standard of knowledge as established for the exam by the respective ISACA Certification Committee.
- A US$50 application processing fee is required for all
- The application fee is a one-time, non-refundable payment.
Payment can be made on https://www.isaca.org/credentialing/cisa/get-cisa-certified
- Yes, candidates are allowed to take one each of CISA, CRISC, CISM and CGEIT within the same window.
- Candidates may NOT take the same certification exam more than one time within a window
CISA application is available on ISACA website
- Maintaining your CISA Certification means maintaining an adequate level of current knowledge and proficiency in the field of information systems audit, control and security.
- The CISA CPE policy requires the attainment of CPE hours over an annual and three-year certification period. CISAs must comply with the following requirements to retain certification:
- Earn and report an annual minimum of twenty (20) CPE hours. These hours must be appropriate to the currency or advancement of the CISA’s knowledge or ability to perform CISA-related tasks. The use of these hours towards meeting the CPE requirements for multiple ISACA certifications is permissible when the professional activity is applicable to satisfying the job-related knowledge of each certification.
- Earn and report a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) CPE hours for a three-year reporting cycle period.
- Pay the CISA annual maintenance fee
- Comply with the annual CPE audit if selected
- Comply with ISACA’s Code of Professional Ethics
- Abide by ISACA’s IT auditing standards
Failure to comply with these certification requirements will result in the revocation of an individual’s CISA designation. In addition, as all certificates are owned by ISACA, if revoked, the certificate must be destroyed immediately.
- Candidates can register online anytime for the CISA certification exam.
- Registration and payment will be valid for 365days/12 months from the date of online registration.
- Payment is mandatory before scheduling the exam.
- Candidates can schedule their exam for any available date/time/location within their 365-day eligibility period.
- Exam can be rescheduled within 365 days eligibility period. But it must be done more than 48 hours prior to the original scheduled testing appointment.
- Candidates must take the exam if they are within 48 hours of scheduled testing appointment or their registration fee will be forfeited.
To earn CISA certification, candidates need to:
- Submit the complete application within five years from the date of initially passing the examination
- Get all the listed experience verified by the employers.
- The experience should have been gained within the 10-year period preceding the date of application, or within five years of passing the examination.
To help candidates meet the CISA work experience requirements, ISACA allows candidates to substitute up to 3 years of the CISA work experience requirement’s 5 years with various options.
to know the details of the waivers available, please visit https://www.isaca.org/credentialing/cisa/get-cisa-certified
- CISA Review Manual (CRM) offered by ISACA, has all the relevant course content good enough to help the aspirants to crack CISA exam. Make a habit to read it religiously. This Manual is treated as the best guide for self study.
- Practice questions can easily be picked up from ISACA’s Review Questions Database. It is an online source which not only has questions but also answers and explanation of those answers.
- In addition to these candidates can join boot camps/ online training offered by Infosec Train for CISA Certification exam.
- CISA Course at Infosec Train are aligned with the latest 2019 CISA job Practices
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