ISACA CISA Exam Syllabus Topics:
Information Systems Auditing Process21%
- 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.
- IS Audit Standards, Guidelines, and Codes of Ethics
- Business Processes
- Types of Controls
- Risk-Based Audit Planning
- Types of Audits and Assessments
- Audit Project Management
- Sampling Methodology
- Audit Evidence Collection Techniques
- Data Analytics
- Reporting and Communication Techniques
- Quality Assurance and Improvement of the Audit Process
Governance and Management of IT17%
- 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
Information Systems Acquisition, Development and Implementation12%
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
Information Systems Operations And Business Resilience23%
- Domains 3 and 4 offer proof not only 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)
Protection of Information Assets27%
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
- Supporting Tasks
- 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.