mhelbig · CISA, ITIL, Prince2 · ■■□□□□□□□□
Wanted to give some insights on the ISACA CISA exam. I first used this book here (CISA Certified Information Systems Auditor All-in-One Exam Guide, Third Edition byPeter H. Gregory) to study. I'd say about 70% of the content is very familiar to me given that I worked in an IT environment almost all my life. If you come from a business administration background with some common sense for tech matters, like I do, then you'll find your way fast into the subject. Went through the book once, wrote the questions to index cards and learned them that way. I also was lucky to get the ISACA Review Manual as well as Questions, Answers and Explanation Manual for an OK price pre-owned on eBay. The questions in the ISACA manual I think they can be quite different and more into depth than the ones in this book. One unpleasant downside of the CD is that it requires a PC to install and use it, hence only for stars. I first called the tech guys as advised in the book, who then referred me to the actual manufacturers of the software. They were very friendly and supportive but neither of them could help me to get access to the questions in some other format (I'd have taken a PDF or other as I merely wanted to be able to see the questions to bring them to index cards, which is my way of learning fast and sound). Anyway, I ended up purchasing a Windows 7 version and used it with Virtual Box (tool similar to Boot Camp or Parallels, but free) on my Mac. That worked quite well, especially given that Boot Camp on my Macbook Air with Mac OS 10.14.1 would not have supported Windows 7. But once installed I liked the UI of the CD and the different questions mode (random, exam etc.). All in all, I absolutely recommend this book as it teaches you well and the style of the author helps very well to digest the content. One can tell that the guy comes from that field. Plus, if you bring some background knowledge and familiarity with the subject, the book might actually be sufficient, as others said. I personally just like to have a second source and just happened to choose the ISACA material because I got them at a deal. I most likely would not have purchased them at the full price, given the overall costs of the test. As I found the test questions provided by ISACA somewhat more tricky I decided to get the original training manual from ISACA - including book with 1,000 questions. That's a different animal than the book I used first. If you can afford to buy that manual, maybe get it on eBay cheaper go for it. Definitively worth it.
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