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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson IT Certification; 1st Revised edition edition (9 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789735733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789735737
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,150,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CISA Exam Prep

Certified Information Systems Auditor


Michael Gregg


Your Complete Certification Solution!


The Smart Way to Study™


In This Book You’ll Learn How To:

  • Approach the IS audit process from ISACA’s view of IS auditing best practices
  • Relate and apply information security and systems audit best practices to the six CISA job practice areas
  • Understand the IS audit process and learn how to apply best practices to secure an organization’s assets
  • Evaluate IT governance to ensure that the organization has the structure, policies, and mechanisms in place to provide sufficient IS controls
  • Minimize risk within an IT/IS environment by using sound security techniques and practices
  • Assess systems and infrastructure lifecycle practices to determine their effectiveness in meeting security requirements and meeting organizational objectives
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the business continuity and disaster recovery process to help minimize risk
  • Protect key informational assets by examining the security architecture and evaluating controls designed for the protection of confidentiality, availability, and integrity
  • Streamline your exam preparations with our exam insights, tips, and study strategies



Michael Gregg, founder and president of Superior Solutions, Inc., a Houston-based IT security consulting and auditing firm, has more than 20 years experience in information security and risk. He holds two associate degrees, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree. He presently maintains more than a dozen certifications and is a nine-time winner of Global Knowledge’s Perfect Instructor Award. Michael not only has experience in performing security audits and assessments, but also is the author of Que Publishing’s Certified Ethical Hacker Exam Prep, CISSP Exam Cram, and is the co-author of Inside Network Security Assessment: Guarding Your IT Infrastructure by Sams Publishing.



Study and Exam Prep Tips 

Part I: IT Governance and the Audit Process

Chapter 1: The Audit Process

Chapter 2: IT Governance 

Part II: System and Infrastructure Lifecycle Management

Chapter 3: Lifecycle Management 

Chapter 4: System Infrastructure Control

Part III: IT Service Delivery and Support

Chapter 5: Information Systems Hardware and Architecture

Chapter 6: Information Systems Used for IT Delivery and Support

Part IV: Protection of Information Assets

Chapter 7: Protection of Logical Assets

Chapter 8: Physical Security

Part V: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Chapter 9: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery 

Part VI: Final Preparation

Fast Facts

Practice Exam 

Answers to Practice Exam Questions 




ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3573-7

ISBN-10: 0-7897-3573-3 


U.S. $59.99

CAN. $74.99

U.K. £42.99


About the Author

As the founder and president of Superior Solutions, Inc., a Houston-based IT security consulting and auditing firm, Michael Gregg has more than 15 years of experience in information security and risk management. He holds two associate's degrees, a bachelor's degree, and a master's degree. Some of the certifications he holds include the following: CISA, CISSP, MCSE, CTT+, A+, N+, Security+, CNA, CCNA, CIW Security Analyst, CCE, CEH, CHFI, CEI, DCNP, ES Dragon IDS, ES Advanced Dragon IDS, and TICSA.


Michael not only has experience in performing security audits and assessments, but he also is the co-author of Inside Network Security Assessment: Guarding Your IT Infrastructure (ISBN

0672328097, Sams, 2005). Other publications he has authored include the CISSP Exam Cram 2 (ISBN 078973446X, Que, 2005) and the Certified Ethical Hacker Exam Prep 2 (ISBN 0789735318, Que, 2006). Michael is a site expert for TechTarget.com websites, including SearchSMB.com and SearchNetworking.com; he also serves on their editorial advisory board. His articles have been published on IT websites including CertMag.com, CramSession.com, and GoCertify.com. Michael has created security audit and assessment course material for various

companies and universities. Although audits and assessments are where he spends the bulk of his time, teaching and contributing to the written body of IT security knowledge is how Michael believes he can give something back to the community that has given him so much. He is a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners and of the Texas Association

for Educational Technology. When not working, Michael enjoys traveling and restoring muscle cars.

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Great study guide for what is perhaps one of the toughest exams I have ever sat for. If you are planning to sit for your CISA exam, this book will help you along your way to success.
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HASH(0x889e4ba0) out of 5 stars A very good book for CISA exam preparation 20 Feb. 2008
By Robin Rootsmith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this study guide as it does cover many aspects of CISA exam. I am also impressed that the author provides real life examples and tools that are used for IT auditing. Such information works great for rookies like me who have no professional experience in this field. However, this book alone is not sufficient to clear the exam. Apart from professional experience in ICT industry, I used the following to clear the CISA exam in December 2007:
CISA exam prep study guide (latest edition)
CISA study guide by sybex (latest edition)
ISACA question and answer set (software) - latest edition

This should suffice to give anyone a good try at the CISA exam. Cheers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8877118c) out of 5 stars A Great Additional CISA Resource 11 July 2007
By JustaGeek718 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this book as it does a good job of covering the topics addressed in the areas required for the exam. The front of the book describes each objective and lists where that information is in the book. It covers the practice areas as laid out for the 2007 exam. I liked the way that several of the larger domains were broken into two chapters. This made it easier to read and retain the information.

ISACA expects candidates to have 5 years of experience. You need to read more than one book on the CISA examination areas to round out your understanding. Don't underestimate the difficulty of this exam.

In many areas ISACA gives review classes that can help supplement the needed knowledge to pass the CISA exam. In the end I attended the review classes, browsed the official text and read this book. In that role this book fit my needs as its much easer to read than the official text. CISA candidates should map out a preparation plan months before the exam and then stick to it. Read this book but also use other materials such as the official questions and answers book and other third party practice exams.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88684144) out of 5 stars Very good review book 23 July 2008
By WendyT - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book in January 2008 to prepare for the CISA exam in June 2008. I thought the book was quite helpful in explaining concepts. The material is very structured and it is a useful tool for preparing for the CISA exam. I used this book, one other book, and the ISACA CD (review questions) and passed the exam on my first attempt in June 2008. (I also had the ISACA official review guide/book and found that too comprehensive and dry to study from for more than short periods of time.) I do recommend this book to others looking to prepare for the CISA exam. Note that this book would not be the ONLY book I would use to prepare for the CISA exam but that it is a good part of one's preparation.
HASH(0x8867ce40) out of 5 stars Good book if you just want to clear the exam 22 Dec. 2009
By Krishna Kishore Y - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've used this while preparing for the CISA exam this December. Since I did not have any other material to begin with (especially the CISA Review Manual#, I found this very easy to go through. Book follows a logical sequence in introducing various CISA knowledge areas and have good questions at the end. It highlights key points to remember. From the exam point of view, this is an excellent resource. I'd think that, this book plus other sample questionnaire available on the web are sufficient - if your objective is to just clear the exam. One must keep in mind that, this is only an exam prep guide not a full study material. My strong suggestion is to go through the CISA official review manual too, to gain a deeper understanding of the various auditing standards and ISACA's guidelines. Starting with CISA review manual would surely scare you, though! It's bulky with way too much information. At least 25-30% of that material is not covered in the exam. however this guide is useful as a quick reference before the exam. The 2009 edition of this book, I referred to, does have few minor mistakes in the text. And yes, this book too has few pages that are not really relevant for the exam, IMHO. In summary, this is a useful and dependable resource. Good luck with your exam.
HASH(0x888360d8) out of 5 stars alright, just not as good as I hoped for memorization 26 May 2015
By kayoss - Published on Amazon.com
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This has some useful tables, and the book itself is pretty good - read the little "preview" you get and it will tell you what it will and will not do. Definitely a few gems in there, but honestly I was hoping for something that made these dry facts more memorable like some memory devices or something? for the price ($29 kindle) it was a good companion to my cccure.org freepracticetest engine
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