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NICF - Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®) (SF)

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NICF - Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®) (SF)


Course Overview

CISA Certified Information Systems Auditor - is recognized worldwide as proof of competency and experience in providing assurance that critical business assets are secured, for all professionals and the enterprises they serve the world over

CISA requires real-world, hands-on work experience in addition to the achievement of passing a comprehensive exam.

CISA 2019 version of the course is based on the 27th edition of the CISA Review Manual aligned to the 2019 CISA Certification Job Practice Areas by Domain as published by ISACA.

CISA 2019 job practice is organized by domains that will be tested for the first time on the June 2019 CISA exam that will contain 150 questions testing the 2019 job practice.

CISA five-day course will prepare participants to sit for the CISA certification examination.

2019 CISA Certification Job Practice Areas by Domain


Why become a CISA

  • Confirms knowledge, experience while increases value to the organization which also provides a competitive advantage over peers when seeking job growth
  • Demonstrates the knowledge gained and maintained the level of knowledge required to meet the dynamic challenges of a modern enterprise.
  • Combines the achievement of passing a comprehensive exam with recognition of work and educational experience, providing you with credibility in the marketplace.
  • Helps to achieve a high professional standard through ISACAs requirements for continuing education and ethical conduct

Course Duration

5 Days / 36.50 Hours.

Course Outline

Introduction to Certified Information System Auditor- CISA

  • Examination information and inputs.
  • Certification Prerequisites, Application, Maintenance and Renewal.

The Process of Auditing Information Systems


  • Planning
- IS Audit Standards, Guidelines, and Codes of Ethics


- Business Processes
- Types of Controls
- Risk-Based Audit Planning
- Types of Audits and Assessments


  • Execution


- Audit Project Management

- Sampling Methodology

- Audit Evidence Collection Techniques

- Data Analytics

- Reporting and Communication Techniques

Governance and Management of IT


  • 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


  • 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 Implementation


  • Information Systems Acquisition and Development


- Project Governance and Management

- Business Case and Feasibility Analysis

- System Development Methodologies

- Control Identification and Design


  • Information Systems Implementation


- Testing Methodologies

- Configuration and Release Management

- System Migration, Infrastructure Deployment, and Data Conversion

- Post-implementation Review

Information Systems Operations and Business Resilience


  • 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


  • Business Resilience


- Business Impact Analysis (BIA)

- System Resiliency

- Data Backup, Storage, and Restoration

- Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

- Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP) 

Protection of Information Assets


  • 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


  • 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 for 2019 CISA Certification Job Practice Areas by Domain


  • 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 riskbased IS audit strategy
  • Communicate audit progress, findings, results, and recommendations to stakeholders
  • Conduct audit followup to evaluate whether risks have been sufficiently addressed
  • Evaluate the IT strategy for alignment with the organizations strategies and objectives
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of IT governance structure and IT 
  • Evaluate the organizations management of IT policies and practices
  • Evaluate the organizations IT policies and practices for compliance with regulatory and legal requirements
  • Evaluate IT resource and portfolio management for alignment with the organizations 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 organizations 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 postimplementation 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 organizations objectives
  • Evaluate IT maintenance practices to determine whether they are controlled effectively and continue to support the organizations 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 organizations 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 organizations 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


Preparing for the CISA Examination

  1. Recommended Reading for the CISA Examination
  2. Exam Favorites

Mode of Assessment

You will be required to complete a paper-based NICF assessment during class.

After completing the course coupled with the necessary experience, you may proceed to undertake the ISACAs CISA certification examination.

Certification Obtained and Conferred by

Awarded NICF Statement of Attainments (SOA)

Upon completion of the course and assessment, students will also be awarded with these NICF SOA:

  • Audit and Compliance ICT-SNA-3001-1.1

Official ISACA CISA Certification Examination

Only after students pass the Certification Examination, they will have to apply to ISACAs to receive the CISA Certificate.

Course Objectives

  •  Gain a comprehensive, up-to-date and in-depth knowledge of the following 5 job practice domains
  • Domain 1: Information System Auditing Process (21 percent)
  • Domain 2: Governance and Management of IT (17 percent)
  • Domain 3: Information Systems, Acquisition, Development and Implementation (12 percent)
  • Domain 4: Information Systems Operations and Business Resilience (23 percent)
  • Domain 5: Protection of Information Assets (27 percent)
  • Understand ISACA CISA Examination requirements and process for 2019


No pre-requisites are imposed to take this course or to appear for the CISA certification examination or to gain competency in the NICF SkillsFuture, Technical Skill and Competencies.

It is strongly recommended that you possess:

  • Minimum of five years of information security work experience, with a minimum of three years of information security management work experience in three or more of the job practice areas
  • Experience in information security management is mandatory
  • Experience in general information security optional
  • At least a graduate degree qualification, with or without a major (honours)
  • Appropriate managerial skills with knowledge of relevant tools and techniques
  • Proficiency in the English language equivalent to the GCE O Level is expected

Medium of Instruction & Trainer

Medium of Instruction: English.

Trainer: Trainee ratio is 1: 25.


Additional Note

A student would need to register at the ISACA web portal to schedule for the examination for CISA organized by PSI after paying the necessary fee. There are a few examination centers in Singapore.

PDUs for Maintaining PMP Credential 

This course is eligible for PDU Credits. Upon successful completion of this course, Project Management Professional (PMP) credential holders will be awarded 33 PDUs. Applicants need to access the PMI CCR System at to claim their PDU points with the following details:

Provider ID: 3163 

Activity ID: NICF019

Activity Name: Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) (SF)

To view the full listing of courses that is eligible for PDU points, visit



Course Fee:


Individual Sponsored

Company Sponsored

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Original Course Fee







Singapore Citizens & PRs aged 21 years and above







Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above








Course Code: NICF019

SkillsConnect Code: CRS-Q-0032021-ICT

SSG Funding

This course is aligned to the National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) and accredited by SSG with Cat-B Funding (PME Level).

SkillsFuture Credit

Eligible Singapore Citizens can use their SkillsFuture credit to offset course fee payable after SSG funding. 


Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
  • NTUC members enjoy UTAP* benefit of up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses with NTUC LearningHub.* UTAP supports 50% of the course fees paid cap at $250 per year. You must be a union member throughout the course duration and at the time of claim. You must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each application and have sat for all prescribed examinations. Other terms and conditions apply.

Individual Sponsored
  • Eligible Singapore Citizens can use their SkillsFuture Credit to offset course fee payable after funding.
  • Eligible Singapore Citizens can use their PSEA funds to offset course fee payable after funding.
  • NTUC Members can enjoy up to 50% funding (capped at $250 per year) under Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP).
  • Please be informed that UTAP Funding is available to fund course fee only. Exam fee is not fundable by UTAP.
Company Sponsored
    • Absentee Payroll claimable by SMEs: Up to 80%of hourly basic salary capped at $7.50/hr
    • Absentee Payroll claimable by Non-SMEs: Up to 80% of hourly basic salary capped at $4.50/hr

Certification Exam Fee:


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