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President's Letter

Hello All!                                                        

The weather has cleared up and hope those of you affected by the flood are on the road to recovery!  We have a great program lined up for December … Our postponed October Meeting is combined with TWO AWESOME SPEAKERS who used to be on ISACA’s International Board – All for the same low price as the October Meeting!  We hope to see you all there!

On another note, many of you have noticed that our status with ISACA International is “not in compliance.”  We wanted to take a moment to explain to you why that is.  Every year, we are required by ISACA to complete a set number of tasks.  One of those tasks is to have an independent audit of our financials.  This year was a challenge because in some months of 2014, during a transition time, we had not tracked and reconciled each class to receipts and expenses.   The individuals donating their time to perform the audit could not trace the correct funds to the correct class – resulting in a less than satisfactory audit letter.  We are correcting this process and will resubmit an audit letter by the end of the year to ISACA International.

Thank you again for recognizing the benefits of membership!  We work hard to add value!

Kathleen Hall, 
2015 – 2016 SC Midlands President

In This Issue

The Chapter is 264 members STRONG!

New Members  
Amber Brown
Caroline Overcash

Mark C. Serban, CISA

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Upcoming Chapter Training

You should be receiving individual emails now regarding registration for our upcoming classes.  If you are receiving too many emails, please eliminate the email addresses you do not want to receive communications from us. Here is what is planned for the next few months:

Upcoming Classes:

December 4, 2015 - 8 CPEs at the BlueCross BlueShield of SC Tower beginning at 8:00 am - includes breakfast, lunch and 4 fantastic speakers:

  • Darknet and Beyond! Cyber Risk "Outside the Firewall," presented by Jeff Spivey, CRISC, CPP, Past International ISACA Vice President, President of Security Risk Management, Inc
  • The Rise of the Digital Universe, is IT the end of life as we know it? presented by Robert Stroud, CGEIT, CRISC, Immediate Past International ISACA President, Principal Research Analyst, Infrastructure and Operations with Forrester Research
  • Safeguarding Critical Assets in the Age of the Mega Data Breach presented by our sponsors Raytheon|Websense and InteliSecure 

To find out more and to register, go to December 4th Event Agenda and Registration


January 7, 2016 - Mr. Excel returns - 4 CPEs

February 9, 10, and 11, 2016 - Cobit 5 Foundations Course and Exam - 24 CPEs

March 8, 2016 - The Heart of the Network - Router Configuration and Security Tips - 6 CPEs

April 12, 2016 - John Gatto returns to discuss SDLC, Outsourcing, BYOD, and Social Media - 6 CPEs

And more to be announced!

Certification Update

    The December 2015 exam deferral deadline is 27 November 2015. There is a US $100 fee to defer the December exam to June 2016. To request a deferral, visit the Exam Deferral page of the ISACA web site.


    Admission tickets for the December exam are expected to be released the 1st week of November via email to the email address listed in the candidate’s profile. Once released through email, candidates can also download a copy of the ticket on the MyISACA page of the ISACA web site. Any candidate who has not received an admission ticket by 1 December should contact Certification at +1.847.660.5660 or via email at       

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ISACA  Research 2015


Recently Released Research Deliverables:

All research products can be found on the ISACA website:  

  • Cybersecurity Guidance for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises  
  • Implementing Cybersecurity Guidance for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises 
  • ISACA Innovation Insights  
  • Cloud Computing Market Maturity White Paper 
  • Benchmarking and Business Value Assessment of COBIT 5 
  • Security, Audit and Control Feature SAP ERP 
  • DevOps: Practitioner Considerations  
  • The Cyberresilient Enterprise: What the Board of Directors Needs to Ask 
  • Keeping a Lock on Privacy:  How Enterprises are Managing Their Privacy Function

Current Research Projects In Development: 

The products have undergone a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and will be available soon:  

  • A Practical Guide to PCI DSS: Available as a PDF to members free of change and a hard copy will available for member at a discounted cost. Both the PDF and hard copy will be available for non-members for a fee. An Audit Program will be included with this publication. The book is scheduled to be available in the third quarter 2015. 
  • ISACA Privacy Principles and Program Management Guide. 14 global privacy principles, defined and connected to COBIT 5, will serve as the basis for building and maintaining a privacy program. Available In December. 

For information on these publications

 Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) needed to assist with the following future projects 

  • Quick State Guide to Audit/Assurance Programs
  • COBIT 5 Audit/Assurance Programs
  • Operational Risk Management/BASEL III

For additional information:
If you would like to participate in any of the above projects, please contact Audra Woods, SC Midlands ISACA Research Director at


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Tips for Registering for our Events

To register for one of our events simply respond to the invite you receive by email.  The invitation has several links where you can find more information.  I generally advise looking at the Event Summary.  On that page across the top will be additional tabs that will allow you to see the Fees, the Agenda for the class, Speaker content, Class Attendees.

To register, simply click on the Register button at the top right or the bottom right and fill in your information.  If you are one of our members, remember to use only your Email address that you have on record with ISACA International in your profile.  If you do not remember what that is, please go to , log in and go to your profile.  We update our records two times a month to capture your most recent changes.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Event Planner.

After you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email and if you need to make changes, go back to the Event website and use your confirmation number to register additional people or to make a credit card payment or pay by eCheck.  You may also now print an invoice that you can send to your Accounts Payable Department for reimbursement at those organizations who fund training.

If you are receiving too many emails from us, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you in cleaning out the email addresses you no longer wish to use.  We have noticed that many people have several email addresses on record.

If we can be of any assistance - do not hesitate to contact us! We are happy to help.

After attendance at one of our events, you will receive a request to complete a follow-up survey.  Please fill out the survey - it takes just a few minutes and does provide us guidance on customer service and your training needs.  Within a day, you should receive another email to print out your CPE Certificate from class.

Coming soon - the ability to pay using your check online.  Stay tuned.

ISACA Calendar of Events & Deadlines




27 November

December CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC certification exams final exam deferral deadline



7-10 December

ISACA Training Week, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

14-17 December

Training Week: Network Security Auditing, Seattle, Washington, USA


Please “SAVE  THE  DATE” for our 2016 Annual SC Statewide Audit Conference to be held in our same recent location, the Columbia Marriott Hotel & Conference Center downtown at Main & Hampton Streets -- across from the Columbia Museum of Art, near the State Capital, the University of SC & the Congaree Vista

Become a Member!

Professional Membership

For individuals interested in or employed in IS/IT audit, control, security, cybersecurity, risk, privacy and governance fields, ISACA professional membership equips you with the resources, training and education you need to expand your professional development opportunities.

ISACA is a resource you can draw upon to enhance your skills, expand your professional connections and experience a vibrant local and global community of colleagues.

Learn More > 

Cybersecurity Nexus

Recently ISACA launched a new cybersecurity resource from ISACA—a Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) web site featuring certification and career path information, the ability to purchase self-paced training lab or register for training courses to prepare for the upcoming CSX Practitioner exam, and more.

Please visit to take advantage of this new addition to the CSX program. Here are some additional CSX opportunities:

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


Social Media




Volunteer for your Chapter

We are looking for folks who have a passion for learning, contributing to others, and who are looking for leadership opportunities.  The following positions are open - please consider these and email if you are interested!

Secretary - Attend monthly board meetings - Maintains the chapter’s records, minutes of board meetings, and the chapter bylaws. Responsible for the maintenance and retention of forms, documents, and correspondence. 

Social Media Director - Help us establish a presence in social media that is consistent with our brand!  Post and respond to content on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn Accounts.  Attend monthly board meetings and events to report and gather information for this communication path.

Young Professional Ambassador - 
ISACA defines young professionals as members under the age of 36 or older, OR new in the profession. He/she should liaise with our local chapter board when communicating the requirements and aspirations of young professionals. Duties of the position could include:

  • Promoting YP-specific programs
  • Understanding the requirements of the YP community
  • Organizing programs and events to facilitate communication among YPs
  • Regularly interacting with YPs at events, meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc.
  • Promoting the value of ISACA’s certifications to YPs and focusing on YPs who recently took an ISACA certification exam
  • Identifying senior members in ISACA (and other related organizations) to assist in mentoring and providing guidance to YPs
  • Providing feedback (activities completed, participation, activities planned, etc.) to the local chapter and the YP Subcommittee twice a year or as requested.
  • Organize at least one YP-focused event in a year



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Mobile Forensics World

June 5 – 8, 2016

Myrtle Beach, SC

 Reserve Your Sponsorship Now!
Call for Papers Now!

The 18th Annual Techno Security & Forensics Investigations Conference and the 9th Annual Mobile Forensics World will be held again at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort.

These events have become known as a world-class training and networking resource bringing together the US market's elite stakeholders and decision makers. By becoming a sponsor and exhibiting at these co-located events, your company can take advantage of being face to face with leading professionals gaining exposure to an elite gathering of more than 1,000 individuals who come together to network, learn, share expertise and brainstorm solutions in the field of IT Security. 

This year the expanded conference program will include advanced level seminars within each of the following tracks: 

•    Audit/Risk Management
•    Cloud Security
•    Forensics
•    Information Security
•    Investigations

Don’t miss your chance to reach this audience  – reserve your sponsorship now!

Call For Papers

2016 Advisory Board


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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