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President's Letter for March 2017

Hello All!

There have been some wonderful and exciting things happening with us as a chapter that I wanted to share. The SC Midlands ISACA Chapter has officially won a few awards, which will be presented to us in person at our Spring Leadership Conference. These awards are the regional K. Wayne Snipes award, Largest Chapter Growth (30%) for a medium chapter, and also the K. Wayne Snipes award…Worldwide! The worldwide award is a huge accomplishment that we should all be proud of. It would not be possible for us to be in this situation without all of the dedicated volunteers and members. Thank you for contributing to make this one of the top chapters in the world for 2016.

Shortly, we will have CISA, CISM, and CRISC training classes registrations available. Do not forget to sign up! In addition to the certification review classes, we have some exciting events such as business continuity, root cause analysis, and Cobit on the horizon. Be sure to check our website,, and your e-mail address on-file for more information about these events as they get closer. 

Marc Punzirudu, SC Midlands ISACA Chapter President

In This Issue

 The Chapter is 348 members STRONG!

      New Members        
     Susanna White          
      Mr. James Blake Stacks

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:

April 3rd, 2017 - Raven Global Training and SC Midlands ISACA present a class on "Root Cause Analysis"  Register at: 


Registration Opening Soon! - CRISC Exam Review class - April 1 and 2, 2017, BCBSSC Tower Auditorium, 8 am - 5 pm - 16 CPES - Marc Punzirudu

Registration Opening Soon! - CISA Exam Review class - April 29 and 30, 2017, BCBSSC Tower Auditorium, 8 am - 5 pm - 16 CPEs - Leighton Johnson

Registration Opening Soon! - CISM Exam Review class - May 6 and 7, 2017, BCBSSC Tower Auditorium, 8 am - 5 pm - 16 CPES - Leighton Johnson

Save the Date! - May 8, 9, and 10th - COBIT 5 Foundations and Optional Exam, presented by Leighton Johnson

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! 

Association of Government Accountants/Accountability Training Opportunity!
The Coastal GA Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants/Accountability is hosting the Southeast Regional Professional Development Conference on April 6-7 at Jekyll Island Convention Center.  Please see PDT Flyer for more information.  All ISACA members are invited to attend at membership pricing.  Enjoy Jekyll Island!  

Other Chapter News



It’s the time of year to renew you membership if you haven’t already done so.

With your membership, you will gain access to: 

  • COBIT® 5 training that provides the tools and resources you need to enhance your skills and ensure that IT investments support enterprise goals.
  • More than 70 hours of free CPE credit hours annually. 
  • Free downloads of peer-reviewed research, other industry-leading frameworks and publications essential to your profession. 
  • NEW FOR 2017 Rewards for loyal members all year long, including discounts, special invitations, previews and sales. 
  • NEW FOR 2017 Save on travel, technology, shipping and other related items with our new membership discount program.
  • And, much more

                                                              Certification Exam Site Problem
IMPORTANT - Certification offer by ISACA

Site 3301 – Columbia, SC – Exam Day Issue

ISACA has been informed by our testing agency of some disturbances at the December 2016 CISA, CRISC, CISM and CGEIT exam administration at the Columbia, South Carolina exam site.  We understand that during the exam administration a fire alarm sounded requiring an evacuation. We were also informed that an event next to the testing rooms resulted in extraneous noise throughout the exam administration.  ISACA sincerely apologizes for the testing environment under which you took the exam.

To be equitable to all exam candidates adversely affected by this unfortunate situation, ISACA is providing a free May/June 2017 re-take of their respective exam to candidates who do not pass the exam. For those that do pass, you can proceed with applying for certification. Exam result emails will be distributed in January 2017.

Starting in 2017 the ISACA exams will be administered via computer-based testing (CBT). The first testing window will be 1 May – 30 June 2017. For those candidates that do not pass the December 2016 exam, ISACA will automatically move exam details to this testing window. Once moved, a confirmation of exam registration will be sent to these individuals.  This confirmation will include details regarding CBT testing and instructions on scheduling your testing appointment.

With the conversion to CBT, ISACA will be taking advantage of the network of exam locations the testing vendor offers that should minimize any distractions that occur during future exams. CBT sites will reduce potential distractions and be more conducive to the exam taking experience.    

Techno Security Conference June 4 - 7, 2017

Techno 2017

The Nineteenth Annual Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference will be held June 4 – 7, 2017 in sunny Myrtle Beach at the Marriott at Grande Dunes Resort. This conference, previously known as the Techno Security & Forensics Investigations Conference held in conjunction with Mobile Forensics World, welcomes corporate network security professionals, federal, state and local law enforcement digital forensic specialists, corporate and private forensic examiners, and industry leaders from the US and around the world.
The 2016 edition saw a 25% increase in attendance from the previous year, a testament to the growing visibility and effectiveness of a broader marketing campaign and need for solutions within the industry. Attendees hailed from 43 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and from 26 different countries. Techno Security & Digital Forensics
Conference in Myrtle Beach will again be the gathering place where business, education, and networking take priority.

Don't miss this great opportunity!  SC Midlands ISACA Members - Check your email from us for a 30% discount!

For more information, visit 

Registration                               2017 Sponsors

CPE Credits                                Schedule At a Glance



Techno Security & Mobile Forensics Investigations Conference 2015

ISACA Calendar of Events & Deadlines

9 Mar 2017 Top 10 Mobile Security Considerations – Webinar 

14 Mar 2017 How to Prepare for and Pass the CISA Examination – Webinar

20-23 Mar 2017 Taking the Next Step: Advancing your IT Auditing Skills– Miami Florida USA

10-13 Apr 2017 CRISC Exam Prep Course – Online 

17-20 Apr 2017 Information Security Essentials for IT Auditors – Houston Texas USA

18-21 Apr 2017 CISA Exam Prep Course – Online 

24-27 Apr 2017 CISM Exam Prep Course – Online 


 SC Cyber Calendar of Events

SC Cyber is hosting the following courses/events in March:

                                                   Dates             Location       Host               Cost

Cyber Incident Awareness         Mar 28             Columbia         SC Cyber         FREE

Cyber Incident Awareness          Mar 29           Spartanburg      SC Cyber         FREE

Contact for more information. 803-777-6951


Cybersecurity Nexus

The Nexus
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:

Joel B. Hilke, CISA, February 13, 2017 
Mr. Jonathan David Limpalair, CISA, February 13, 2017

The transition to
Computer-Based Testing (CBT) in 2017 for ISACA’s CISA, CRISC, CISM and CGEIT certifications is underway. Registration is open for the first exam testing window, which will be 1 May-30 June. Exam registration is available at

Exams will be offered in 2017 at PSI testing locations worldwide during three, eight-week testing windows. The second testing window will be 1 August-30 September, and the third window will be 1 November-31 December. Additional information can be found in the ISACA Exam Candidate Information Guide.                                                                                                                                                         

Visit the ISACA Bookstore for certification exam prep materials.




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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