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

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Chapter 4. Protection of Information Assets

Reviewing and assessing the information asset protection systems of an IS organization follows a hierarchical flow from policies down through the specific actions taken to enforce them. There are many concepts to understand and the technological solutions can be complex. Dynamic industry driven solutions continue to tout a "silver bullet" but none ever really exists. Keeping up with security threats and countermeasures requires a continuous education and understanding. This chapter covers the basic concepts so your "knowledge toolbox" can be outfitted and applied to the situations that you will face as a certified IS auditor, however diverse they may be. Again for this chapter, the focus will not be on the technical details of how all of this security technology works under the hood. Rather, it assumes that you have some base knowledge of these issues and will be geared more toward identifying the risk and control points and the overall audit approach you should take for evaluating these processes and systems. The systems' inner workings and the exact technology used to secure them will change over time, probably in the time it takes you to read this chapter.

Knowledge of the entire body of the security audit subject matter comprises 25 percent of the CISA exam content. Some of the exam questions will likely be basic technical background information that will not be covered here, because this chapter assumes that you are at least conversant ...

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