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The CISA Prep Guide: Mastering the Certified Information Systems Auditor Exam Paperback – February 7, 2003

ISBN-13: 072-3812130801 ISBN-10: 0471250325 Edition: PAP/CDR

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; PAP/CDR edition (February 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471250325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471250326
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,761,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The first commercially available book to offer CISA study material

The CISA certification is a prerequisite for many audit and security job postings in the marketplace today. Becom-ing certified takes years of experience and exposure to information systems and risk and control techniques. In this book, John Kramer refers to his own experiences as an auditor and an audit manager to offer you some unique insight to passing the CISA exam, performing IS audits, and audit management, as well as teaching entry-level IS auditors. This firsthand knowledge of what works and what information is most relevant to the professional IS auditor prepares you to study for and pass the CISA exam and perform IS audits with confidence.

Organized according to the examination content areas that are currently defined for preparation and study for the CISA examination, each chapter includes sample test questions found on the CISA examination. In addition to valuable reference material and glossaries of terms, this book covers:

  • The IS audit process (ten percent of test content)
  • Management, planning, and organization of information systems (eleven percent of test content)
  • Technical infrastructure and operational practices (thirteen percent of test content)
  • Protection of information assets (twenty-five percent of test content)
  • Disaster, recovery, and business continuity (ten percent of test content)
  • Business application system development, acquisition, implementation, and maintenance (sixteen percent of test content)
  • Business process evaluation and risk management (fifteen percent of test content)

Test yourself using the interactive CD-ROM! This CD-ROM includes the Wiley test engine powered by top-rated Boson software, which allows you to test yourself using practice exams that are randomly generated from the questions in the book.

About the Author

JOHN B. KRAMER is the Information Security Manager and Security Architect for UPMC Health System, a leading health care system with more than 25,000 employees. Mr. Kramer holds both CISA and CISSP certifications. He spent eight years in information systems auditing in large banking, investment, and health care environments, responsible for all phases of the IS audit programs, and has developed audit staff and conducted CISA exam prep training. He is a former vice president of the Pittsburgh ISACA chapter.

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Customer Reviews

I would NOT recommand it to anyone taking an ISACA exam.
Jean-francois Drouin
There are too many errors and the writing style often seems ambiguous.
Robert
That's probably why an updated version has not been issued.
Amazon Customer

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am an IS professional with 25 years of experience but it's been 6 years since I took a certification test. I needed the book to codify what I already knew from experience. I found the actual subject matter of the book to be adequate, but the author often took 500 words to say what could have been said in 50. And then he often said it wrong! And with bad grammer and incomplete sentences. I was as angry at the book editor as I was with the author. I kept thinking that English must not be the author's native language, but even so, the editor didn't do his job. That's probably why an updated version has not been issued. Get a new author! Get a new editor!
The software also was bad. I have used Boson software and tests before and found them very good. The test engine may work great, but if the data is wrong, it doesn't matter how great the engine is.
Bottom line - don't buy this book. Get the ISACA study materials. It'll cost three times a much, but it'll be worth it.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book came last year, it does not cover the CISA objectives. Too verbose and lot of filler. If you need something easy, quick and direct, there are better resources like "CISA Study Guide in EasyFAQs"
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Guna on April 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book in Amazon with lot of hope to get a outsider's view on the CISA. Unfortunately there is no consistency in the chapters and I am afraid to what extent this is going to help me in preparing for the CISA. Now I have to buy some more materials before taking the test. The CD is totally absurd with wrong answers. The explanatory answers points to option 'D' while the answer is marked as Option 'C'. Unless the author comes with a revised version early, this book is not going to be helpful for CISA Preparation.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I had a positive experience with the CISSP Prep Guide book. I also bought the ISACA CISA study guide. While I was waiting for the ISACA study guide to arrive, I read the first 2-3 chapters of the Kramer CISA Prep Guide. I thought it was somewhat high-level and superficial. Then when the ISACA material arrived, I realized that reading the Kramer book was a complete waste of time. I dont think there's any way you could pass the CISA test by reading Kramer's book. I stopped reading it when I saw that the Isaca material is much more detailed, and so much more representative of the actual test.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is not worth the time it takes to read. I was optimistic when I purchased the book based on the positive experience of other titles by the publisher. However, this book is poorly written. It appears rushed and does not spend the time needed to explain/expand key ideas/concepts.
There isn't a single graphic depiction in the entire book which is dedicated to IS audit. There are numerous typos and the writing style can get monotonous and difficult.
I generally find books on IT and audit as interesting but this one put me to sleep every time. The material was written in such an uninteresting and boring manner that my mind constantly wandered to other topics. The book definitely did not keep my interest.
I generally keep these exam review books as reference guides in my jobs. This one is going back on re-sale - assuming someone buys it after reading these reviews.
Very disappointing.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Spent My Hard Earned Money on March 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book -- unfortunately before I read the reviews here -- to prepare for the CISA. Despite the optimistic title, the book fails to deliver in just about every area. The book is not connected to the exam in any logical form or structure. One of the biggest draws for a book like this is the practice test software. Sadly, this book fails yet again. The software works, but the questions in some cases are just plain wrong! I wrote to the editor and they offered me an errata sheet that I could use to spot mistakes in their data???? What good is that? My advice is that you skip this book, avoid this author, and not patronize this publisher since they are not willing to make good on their promises.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
I read the book before my CISA review manual arrived. Then after I looked at ISACA 600 review questions, I realized what a waste of time to read this book and a waste of money to buy it. This book is totally unfocused and in no way "connected" to those review questions. The review manual of ISACA in contrast is better.
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