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The CISA Prep Guide: Mastering the Certified Information Systems Auditor Exam Paperback – Feb 26 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 570 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (Feb. 26 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471250325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471250326
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 921 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,846,412 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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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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Being the fist mover for the CISA material certainly has its advantages, and also its disadvantages. I usually prefer books that are authored by more than one writer--after all, the sibject material is wide--but as I need to prepare for the exam early, I took the plunge and bought the book.
The book is detailed enough, but sometimes too detailed to the point where information is organized in bullet form, making it extremely unreadable. Many typo errors (for example, "effect" is printed as "affect") lowers readability even further.
All said, the book does covers a lot of ground, but not the new objectives such as the section on ISO. I'm taking a CISA class so I consider this as supplement in addition to the official book that I will use. Overall, I would still recommend this book for insights into the author's experience, though I would not use it as the sole guide for the examination's preparation.
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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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I gave this book 2 stars because it's overpriced, misaligned, bloated and quite boring. Lots of time, Kramer used 200 words to explain something when 50 would have been enough. There's alot of minor errors + many cases where the author is completely wrong. The content covers CISA's material but it simply does not match with CISA's domains. If I had to throw a stone to someone, that would be to the editor cos that guy simply did not do his job. There's way too many content errors, spelling mistakes and ambiguous sentences.
To wrap thing up, it's a subpar book with an hefty price tag. I would NOT recommand it to anyone taking an ISACA exam. Your $$$ would be better spent buying the official CRM 2006.
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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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