For the first time, ISACA is offering a third exam session for those seeking the CISA and CISM designations. The sessions will be held on Saturday, 7 September 2013 at selected locations worldwide. Please see this link for more details. The deadline for final registration is Monday 22 July 2013.
Craig McGuffin's blog
This past Saturday (8 June 2013) was a big day for many people who wrote a 200-question, four-hour exams on the path to seeking one of the professional qualifications of CISA, CISM, CGEIT or CRISC, offered by ISACA.
Jennifer Boyce of Deloitte & Touche (Hi Jen!) used to do a great job serving as the Toronto ISACA Chapter’s “Director, Certifications” (a role now very admirably and ably filled by Laureen Ellis). One of Jennifer’s traditions was to attend the final session of our preparation courses and give her Exam Day Tips.
When she left Toronto, she was kind enough to leave me a copy of the tips (Thanks Jen!). Here are some important items to keep in mind when you find yourself sitting in that exam room on the big day, along with some of my comments:
Many of you writing the CISA or CISM exam may have a great deal of real-world expertise in particular subject areas...securing systems, writing policies, managing projects, responding to incidents. If that’s the case, you will no doubt find instances where you strongly disagree with an answer to one of the practice questions, based on your own direct experience.
Frustration and the odd profanity typically ensue. How should you deal with this?
As noted in Tip #1, the wording of exam questions can be challenging in themselves. Here’s a paraphrase of one of my favourite examples:
Which of the following should be a concern to an IS auditor reviewing a wireless network?
A. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption is enabled.
B. SSID (Service Set IDentifier) broadcasting is enabled.
C. Anti-malware software is running on all wireless clients.
D. MAC (Media Access Control) access control filtering is used on all wireless access points.
For those of you preparing for one of the upcoming ISACA exams, I’d like to offer two small bits of advice I always tell participants in my preparation classes: