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President's Letter for January 2018

Hello All,

We are coming up on some exciting times in our chapter and have some great events and changes coming up in the near future.  Effective 1/31/2018, I will be stepping down as President for the SC Midlands ISACA Chapter, and will be staying on as Past President. To fill the role, Tom Scott, our current GRA Director, will be assuming the role. Please welcome and thank Tom Scott as you are able, we are fortunate to have someone with his experience leading us into a new year. Our chapter is growing, as we now have over 340 members! ISACA has many changes we expect to occur within 2018, such as updates to their web site (finally!), the CSX training curriculum, and also a new method of ensuring that certification trainers (CISA/CISM/CRISC/CGEIT) are knowledgeable and capable. This will drive a quality of delivery within ISACA certification training across the board.

As always, if you are interested in volunteering on the board, or at events, please let us know.

It has truly been a pleasure serving as your President, and I look forward to seeing everyone at one of our events in the future.



Marc Punzirudu

Current President 

In This Issue

        The Chapter is 339 members STRONG! 
           New Members            
           Roy M. Brunson
           William Tinsley McGee
           Mike Sanchez
           Melissa L. Williams                                                                                                   
         Mr. Marc S. Sokol, CISM


Upcoming Chapter Training

February 6 - 7, 2018 - The Guide to CyberSecurity Risks in Risks in Business Applications, two days, presented by Ken Cutler

For more information and to register: See Here

Save The Date:

  • March 21, 2018 - The BlindSpot Zone Workshop, co-hosted with the IIA, SCSAA, ACFE and ISIACA, to be held at the State Museum, social to follow
  • April, TBD, 2018 - Frameworks and Requirements for working with the Federal Government


Affiliated Professional Members - Attend SC Midlands ISACA training for just $50 - $70 more than ISACA members!  Scan your up to date professional organization membership card and send to  Once received, you will be added to the Affiliated Professional Group and receive a personal invite with your discounted pricing to class.  Do this before you register for the class! 

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Other Chapter News

We are excited to announce that registration is open for “Beyond the Blind Spot Zone” with Kevin McCarthy to be held at the South Carolina State Museum on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. 


This fantastic course is sponsored by the three SC IIA Chapters, the SC Midlands ISACA Chapter, the ACFE Palmetto Chapter and the SC State Internal Auditors Association.  Please visit our event site at and secure your registration as soon as possible as this is a popular course!


Kevin McCarthy is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Selling book in two categories (Financial Risk Mgt & Business Ethics): “Blindspots: Why Good People Make Bad Choices”.   The book is based on his own experience:   as a respected business leader, husband and father he suddenly found himself in federal prison for a crime he didn't knowingly commit.  As he struggled to understand the complexity of his bad decisions, an ever-widening web of conspiracy and corruption is revealed.  But it's not the legal conspiracy of the largest stock fraud in the history of Washington State involving some of the biggest names in sports or the enigmatic FBI – it’s a conspiracy of the mind – a battle with the most nefarious enemy of us all: our own blind spots – those unconscious biases, implicit associations, memory traps and thinking errors that affect our behavior and decision-making abilities.


Included in the 7.5 CPE training’s full admission cost of $100 for members and $130 for non-members is the instructor’s book along with a book signing reception immediately following the class.   The book signing reception from 5:30 to 8:00 pm is an excellent opportunity to network with peers, visit the planetarium and explore the State Museum.


Other options to attend the book signing function are also available.  Please review fees and registration information on the event website for information. 


Please contact us at or with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you there!




ISACA actively promotes research that results in the development of products that IT governance, control, assurance, risk and security professionals can use to add value to their enterprises. ISACA research also informs information technology management and users about IS controls and the critical role they play in their organizations.

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Recent Research Deliverables 






Techno Security & Mobile Forensics Investigations Conference 2015

ISACA Calendar of Events & Deadlines

25 Jan 2018 Webinar: Compliance by Design

29-30 Jan 2018 Cybersecurity for Auditors 

8 Feb 2018 Webinar: A Risk-Based Management Approach to Third-Party Data Security, Risk and Compliance 

12-15 Mar 2018 CRISC Exam Prep Course 

19-22 Mar 2018 CISM Exam Prep Course


For more information go to: 


 Interesting Articles

10 ways you’re failing at IT audits

Source: CIO

IT audits can feel like a grim nuisance, but great value awaits those who heed these common mistakes that inevitably lead to an IT audit disaster.

Read the complete story here:




Cybersecurity Nexus

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contains original Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) content and curated cybersecurity articles from around the web.
Visit The Nexus subscription page of the ISACA web site to subscribe now.

 “Follow” ISACA's Cybersecurity Nexus page to stay up to date on all things cybersecurity: 


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Certification Updates

Congratulations to the following Newly Certified:


Mr. Charles K. Johnson, CISA, December 7, 2017

Mr. William Christopher Ellenburg, CISM, January 8, 2018
Mr. Leonard R. Larkin, Jr., CISM, December 1, 2017
Mr. Barry Thomas Smith, Jr., CISM, November, 21, 2017 

Mr. Thomas P. Scott, Jr., CISA, CRISC, January 8, 2018

Exam Registration 

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2. Once you verify that there is a testing site available where and when you need it, you can register for your exam. Scheduling for your exam is a separate step.  

3. You can pay for your exam at the same time you register, or you can choose to pay later.  Please note that payment is required before you can schedule your exam. 

4. Now that you have ensured site availability, and registered and paid, you can schedule your exam. Scheduling is managed on our testing partner’s site, not on    

Registration for the February-May 2018 windows is available now. The remaining 2018 testing windows will be 1 June-23 September 2018; and 1 October 2018-24 January 2019.


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We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Techno Security & Mobile Forensics Investigations Conference 2015

Visit SC Midlands Chapter of ISACA at to find out more about our upcoming educational events!  Click on Events at the top of the page, and then hit the Monthly Training tab to review our events.


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