Let me share with you the secret!
All we know, all we are told is Hard work pays off & what you reap is the sweetest of all, if and only if all you dreamt & desired was the work you are doing with relentless determination. There are no shortcuts to things, or there is? If there is, then how can we know & get it implemented in the course to be benefited & above all feel benefited. All we will talk about here would be having positive intentions, no matter how difficult things are, you do not have to lose your interest.
Know why we gave you a recapitulated introduction. Youreceive it because before dreaming of becoming a CISA certified practitioner, and a candidate has to be mentally prepared for the journey & that is crucial than you think. An industry report published by ISACA revealed that every professional in their guild or practitioners with their certifications had stated one common thing that is a visualization of the journey, some have retaken the test certification many times & have concluded at the end that they were not quite sure about the journey & road map they had in their mind even they had experience in Information Security as an internal auditor!
So they recommend every new entrant & aspirant to make a plan & with full conviction believe in it. Yes, that’s the secret they have for you.
Technicalities of the CISA certification
Cybercrimes are now evolving& taking new shapes & sizes. In some cases, they are so perfect that they are untraceable. Millions of Americans have fallen into their prey and have shared their personal information, records & sometimes bank details. Small businesses, as well as large business houses, have also underestimated the power of InfoSec and have lost billions due to the Ransomware attacks. So how CISA certifications can help? CISA certifications are designed to validate qualities that are essential in system Auditors like governance and control, information system auditing & security.
The Experience required
If you are already working in spaces like Information Systems Auditing, control, security & governance, then you have to validate your experience of 4000 hours or five years of full-time position experience, or you can bandy three years of experience with two years of below requirements which also counts as hands-on experience.
Sixty credit hours of university replace one year of required work experience & 120 credit hours replace 2 years, kudos for those who do not have work experience.
An ACCA membership & CIMA certification can replace two years of required work experience to be eligible.
The Examination & exam structure
The exam is of 4 hours or 240 minutes long, which consists of 150 MCQ’s of a total score of 800 points & a candidate has to score the bare minimum of 450 points to pass the exam. The exam is offered in 10 languages & takes place thrice a year in the month of December, June & September.
The certification is based on five areas of IT, and they are
- Information System Auditing
- Governance & management of IT
- Information Systems Acquisition, Development & implementation
- Information Systems Operations & business Resilience
- Protection of Information Assets
Where the most important domain as per trend and past records constitutes of Protection of Information Assets, Information Systems Operations & business Resilience and Information System Auditing. That doesn’t mean that the rest two aren’t worth studying & prepared for. They are equally important as others are. But noting the trend & questions from the domains, one can conclude which domain to concentrate first & which to leave for a second.
Understand the fact that they ISACA has made some special discounts and other benefits if you have purchased their membership, but to purchase the membership, you have to pay @1000 & have to successfully complete the certification with 450 or more score.
They have early registration for both members & nonmembers, which goes $525 for members & $ 710 for nonmembers.
And if you are late to register, keep in mind that you cannot apply if the exam is 15 days away. For standard registration, members have to pay $575 & nonmembers have to pay $760.
After achieving the certificate, a candidate has to follow the code of ethics by ISACA, in which they have to take part in CPE, which is continuing Professional Education. And each candidate has to complete 120 CPE in a span of 3 years with 40 CPE each year. The cost for members is $135 & $150 for nonmembers.