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President's Letter

Hello All!                                                        

Hard to believe it is 2016!

This month we had a visit from Mr. Excel and we learned a lot of new tricks!  Thanks to all the people who joined us!  Next month, we have Leighton Johnson returning to teach us Security Controls Evaluation, Testing, and Assessment!  This three day class will provide a current and well-developed approach to evaluation and testing of security controls to prove they are functioning correctly in today's IT systems!!  This 24 CPE credit hour is just $280 for members!!

We have a new Social Media Director: Marc Punzirudu!  Welcome to the team Marc!

We also want to extend a warm welcome to Flo Davidson, our new Secretary - and thank her and our Education Director, Sue Rusher, for all the hard work they are doing preparing our records for the annual required audit by International!!  

We have some great training planned for this year, so be sure to join us! And don't forget to renew your membership!

Kathleen Hall, 
2015 – 2016 SC Midlands President


In This Issue

The Chapter is 264 members STRONG!

New Members        
Stephanie Peel
Flo Davidson



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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:

February 9, 10 and 11, 2016 - Security Controls Evaluation, Testing, and Assessment  Presented by Leighton Johnson for 24 CPEs – Registration Now Open!  Payment due at time of registration accepted online by credit card, E-Check, or by Corporate Payment.


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

May 10-11, 2016 - Peter Morin returns with a two-day, hands-on class on Malware Analysis - 12 CPEs

And more to be announced!

Also, 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, Wednesday November 2 – Friday November 4, 2016.


Education Information


We are receiving questions about the following topics and have provided your answers!  Please make sure you do not choose to opt out of our communications.  If you do, several of these processes will not work, as we cannot send you email when you have asked us not to.

Instructions for obtaining CPE certificate:

After attending class, you will receive an email that is titled Feedback and CPE for (class name).  The Feedback Survey requires answers for three or four questions. When done, hit submit.  Very quickly after hitting submit, each individual will receive a second email that has a link for downloading their CPE Certificate.  It will download as “badgexxxxxxxx” where the “x’s” are random characters, but represent the unique identifier assigned to each registrant.  This file will appear in the “Recently Downloaded” file, and it will also be seen at the bottom left of the monitor.  Click on it and save with Name and Class Info to a Folder to retain the certificates.  SC Midlands ISACA Chapter 54 does not report your CPEs to ISACA International – this is each member’s responsibility.

Class Materials:

To obtain any class materials, use your class confirmation number and the weblink for the event to reenter the class website.  When you are on the Summary Page, there are several Tabs running across the top of the page – one will be “Class Material.”  Click on the tab, and download, save and print if you would like.

Class Registration, Confirmation Numbers and Class Invoice:

Payment is now due at the time of registration by Credit, Debit or E-Checks.  We have eliminated the option for Mail in Payments for individuals.  Once you are registered, you will be able to print an Invoice.  If you do not choose to do that at the time of registration, but find you need this Invoice later, use the confirmation email that you received after registering which contains your Confirmation Number and a link to the Class website.  Re-enter the class website by using  the Class Link and enter your Confirmation Number.  Under the Tab “My Registration, you will then see a tab “Invoice.”  If you need reimbursement, you can choose to print out your invoice for submittal to your organization’s Accounts Payable Department.    

Corporate Payment:

Organizations may choose to register their groups of employees to come to our events.  Instead of registering one by one, do this as a group registration which will produce one confirmation number for your Accounts Payable to process the payment.  After inputting all the names and information of the individuals to attend, select Corporate Payment as the process to use for payment. A confirmation notice will appear and produce the Confirmation Number and a link to the class event. The Confirmation number and the Class link is all Accounts Payable will need to go back into the event and make payment by Credit or E-Check.  Special permission from the Chapter President ( is needed for a mail-in check.  Personal mail-in checks or cash are no longer accepted.  Each employee registered will receive an email confirmation notice and be able to enter the class website to obtain class materials and their CPE certificate.  We are hoping this process makes it easier for our large organizations to register and pay for their employees. It should fit in well with corporate policies that require pre-approval for training.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

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Featured Research


Recently Released Research Deliverables:

Some of the projects that are out or available for free download for members on the ISACA website:

Some of the other materials launching include the COBIT 5 Poster to help promote COBIT and ISACA has also done a survey on Advanced Persistent Threat Awareness.  In the study, it was learned that people still rely on Anti-Virus and firewalls alone so ISACA would like to bring awareness to people, to help them be more resilient and address AVG and use a more holistic approach.  This is also for people who use mobile devices that need protection against threats.

For information on these publications

Coming Attractions 

ISACA is creating an interactive tool that will help an individual complete a personalized cybersecurity career roadmap.  You will learn about what jobs you are qualified for and define your developmental goals and aspirations. The CSX career roadmap will set you up for success.

Another upcoming guide is, Governance of Enterprise IT (GEIT). The purpose of using a GEIT system is to deliver value to stakeholders.  Also, in the area of COBIT, are the enabler guide and the next COBIT 5 guide is Principles, Policies and Framework (PPF) coming out later in 2016.

In addition to white papers, ISACA is creating more tools. They are working on a Threat and Control Tools with the implementation guide and this is an online tool coming out the first quarter of this year.

Finally, ISACA will make the certification manuals in an e-book format while the hardcopy will still be available to purchase from the bookstore.

Volunteer Engagement for ISACA

Volunteer opportunities are now more flexible and respect your busy time and schedule.  ISACA is excited to offer a new way to volunteer and contribute your skills and expertise.  Learn more about the current and future volunteer options that align best with your interests and your available time

The opportunities and who to contact for each of these opportunities are available at

They are looking for people to work on:

  • Chapter Community Award Group,
  • Digital Business Strategy Working Group,
  • K. Wayne Snipes Award Judging Working Group
  • ISACA Exam Development Opportunities
  • ISACA Study Materials Development Opportunities,
  • Social Media Opportunities, and a few others opportunities are available.                                                                                      



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ISACA Calendar of Events & Deadlines


14 Jan 2016 Preparations Required in 2016 for Effective Breach Investigations

20 Jan 2016 Webinar: Mentoring: A Critical Input and Output for Fast-Tracking Your Career

26 Jan 2016 Webinar: Flipping the Economics of Cyber Attacks

10 Feb 2016 June certification Exam Early Registration Deadline

14-17 Mar 2016 Network Security Auditing Training Week - Miami Florida USA

18-21 Apr 2016 Information Security Essentials for IT Auditors - Chicago Illinois USA


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.

Organizations are having a difficult time finding qualified candidates which means the focus are on the universities.  ISACA wants to help students understand the various opportunities within our practice areas and see the viable career choices.  

See more at


Cybersecurity Nexus

Stay Informed of Cybersecurity Trends

ISACA’s 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status Report shows that 86% of survey respondents feel that there is a global shortage of cybersecurity professionals. Cybersecurity knowledge is crucial for all security professionals. Members interested in accessing the latest cybersecurity news can subscribe to The Nexus, ISACA’s monthly cybersecurity newsletter containing the most up-to-date news on all things cyber.

The Nexus contains original Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) content and curated cybersecurity articles from around the web. Articles from The Nexus can serve as discussion topics and chapter members can also stay informed about the newest CSX resources that are available for their use.

Visit The Nexus subscription page of the ISACA web site to subscribe now.

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Certification Updates

CISA Newly Certified

Amber D. Brown, CISA, January 7, 2016
Walter Frederick Oliver, CISA, January 7, 2016
Richard Mark Stingel, CISA, January 7, 2016
Mr. Eliud Francisco Rivera Collazo, CISA, CISM, January 7, 2016

If you are interested in sitting for the June 2016 ISACA exams and/or a review course, please contact us at

Additional Information

  • Exam language offerings—The CISA and CISM exams are offered in many languages. For a complete listing of CISA and CISM exam languages, please see page 2 of the ISACA Exam Candidate Information Guide. CRISC exams are offered in Spanish and English. The CGEIT exam is offered only in English. The CISA Chinese Traditional-, German-, Hebrew- and Italian-language exams and the CISM Japanese- and Korean-language exams are available only at the June 2016 exam administration. Please encourage those wanting to test in these languages to register for the June 2016 exam, as the next test offered in those languages will not be until June 2017.
  • CISA updates—The new CISA job practice will be effective with the June 2016 exam. Beginning in June 2016, the CISA exam will contain 150 questions testing the new job practice. There are no changes in the CISA certification requirements.
  • Certification recognitions—CISM took the top spot in Certification Magazine's salary survey, which lists security certifications by average base salary. CRISC and CISA were ranked 5 and 6, respectively. This comprehensive salary survey gathered data on more than 800 IT certifications across all categories.


We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

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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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