This program is to assist candidates in preparing for the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) examination. Candidates for ISACA’s highly respected CISA designation can now take the exam using computer-based testing (CBT). CBT allows for in-person testing on a computer at an approved testing center. These are scheduled through ISACA International at the time of the CISA exam registration.
For more information about ISACA’s Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification, please visit ISACA International’s CISA website
ISACA LA Certification Courses
The ISACA LA Chapter provides four Saturday (total 16 hours) sessions for the exam preparation but they are not intended to be basic teaching sessions. The candidates should have a proper educational background in all of the subject areas. The sessions are designed to review the five domains that comprise the CISA examination and to clarify the more difficult material. The sessions will include lectures and discussions with time for questions raised by the participants.
October 2, October 9, October 16, and October 23 (Total of 16 CPEs)
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
This review course is intended to assist participants in their preparation for the exam. However, there is no guarantee that completion of the course will ensure passage of the examination.
Calendar of Topics
Domain 1: The Process of Auditing Information Systems
Domain 2: Governance and Management of IT
Domain One: (4 Hours)
Information Security Governance
Domain 3: Information Systems Acquisition, Development & Implementation
Domain 4: Information Systems Operations, Maintenance and Support (session 1)
Domain 4: Information Systems Operations, Maintenance and Support (session 2)
Domain 5: Protection of Information Assets (session 1)
Domain Three: (4 Hours)
Information Security Program Development and Management
Domain 5: Protection of Information Assets (session 2)
Meet Our Instructors
Domain 1 – Nelson Gibbs
Domain 2 – Thomas Phelps IV
Domain 3 – Janice Pearson
Domain 4 – Eric Read
Domain 5 – Mike Villegas
Domain 1 – Nelson Gibbs, CIA, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CISSP, is the Director and Senior Manager of IT Audit at Union Bank. Nelson has over twenty years of experience in information systems, network and systems planning, and design. Nelson received his MBA from the University of California at Irvine with an emphasis in Information Technology. He is the author of “A New Auditor’s Guide to Planning, Performing, and Presenting IT Audits” and frequent speaker on business and technology security issues, both in the United States and internationally.
Domain 2 – Thomas Phelps IV, CISA, is Vice President of Corporate Strategy and CIO of Laserfiche, a global enterprise content management software company based in California. He is currently responsible for corporate strategy, vertical marketing, analyst relations, corporate training, and enterprise IT governance. Previously, Thomas was the national PwC cybersecurity champion for IT security, privacy and risk services focused on the entertainment and media industry. Thomas is a board member and past-president of ISACA Los Angeles and has served on the ISACA International Membership Board. He has co-authored and contributed to several books and white papers on various topics including CRM, COBIT, HIPAA, telecom, and security. He has guest lectured at universities such as USC and Cal State Long Beach on marketing, data analytics, and security. He is a frequent speaker at conferences including the 5th Annual Harvard IT Summit in 2015.
Domain 3 – Janice Pearson, CISA, CISM is Vice President, Global Content Protection at Convergent. She is an Experienced Content Protection professional with 15 year’s experience working in the entertainment industry and a broad-based background in Content Security, IT Security, Feature and TV Production Security, Business Strategy, Risk Management, Compliance, Anti-Piracy and Consulting. Ms. Pearson was previously Director of Content Protection Strategy & Operations at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Domain 4 – Eric Read, CISA, CISM, CGEIT began his IT career in 1974 as a software developer. Mr. Read moved into network operations in 1992, and later, as a network and security architect, provided the IT design and project management for many of the world’s largest Hotel/Casinos. Mr. Read was recruited to provide IT audit services in 2002 and managed the 2004 Sarbanes-Oxley testing for a major pharmaceutical distribution company. In 2005, Eric moved to UnitedHealth Care where he spent the next 10 years as Associate Director of Audit, Risk Management, and Compliance. Mr. Read began teaching CISA and CISM classes in 2012 and was named the Certification Chair for ISACA Los Angeles from 2013 through 2014. During that time Mr. Read was also a member of the ISACA International CISM QAE Board, whose job it was to review and approve potential certification test questions. Eric currently works as a GRC lead at Honda North America in Torrance, CA, and is a member of the ISACA Los Angeles Board of Directors.
Domain 5 – Miguel (Mike) O. Villegas, CISA, CISSP, GSEC, CSX|F, PCI QSA, PA QSA, and ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Implementer. Mr. Villegas is also Western Regional Senior Vice President for K3DES LLC. He has over 35 years of experience in IT Audit, Information Security and IT Risk Management. He has held positions of an IT Audit Director, Director of Information Security, Director of Professional Services, VP of IT Risk Management and a Big 4 Partner. He is a past president of the LA ISACA Chapter and the San Francisco Chapter of ISACA. He is also currently a contributing writer for SearchSecurity.com with over 150 articles.
Recommended Study Materials
The CISA Review Manual will not be provided at the review class and must be purchased directly from the ISACA Bookstore. Purchase is not mandatory but highly recommended. Class preparation will benefit from reading the domain (chapter) material prior to the class session. Instructors will hand out additional materials if deemed appropriate.
A softcopy of the material will be provided before the class for you to download. If you cannot download, please reply back to the email sending you the link so we can email you the material.