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The CISA® Prep Guide: Mastering the Certified Information Systems Auditor Exam by John Kramer

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Introduction

Information systems auditing is a profession that is both rewarding and challenging. It allows the information systems auditor a unique view of the business processes and the supporting information technology that encompass a wide scope of understanding and perspective. This view is often one of the overall system and how it works; the big picture. IS auditing is frequently a stepping stone to management positions and careers within the business for which the auditor learns the systems and controls. Process knowledgeable system thinkers with inherent integrity and risk focus are often sought as reliable management material. The most sought after, globally accepted standard of certification for an IS auditor is that of CISA, Certified Information System Auditor. Since 1978, this designation means that the auditor is recognized as a certified professional. Earning the CISA designation shows that the auditor takes his profession seriously and is dedicated to establishing his reputation and career as a proficient professional.

CISAs are trained in all aspects of IS auditing and bound by a code of ethics to perform sensitive activities reliably and with integrity. The certification process was established to evaluate competency of IS auditors and provide a mechanism for encouraging IS auditors to maintain and enhance their knowledge of the IS auditing profession. CISA certification requires a broad knowledge of the information technology management processes and five years ...

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