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President's Letter for January 2017

Hello All!

Welcome to 2017!

We celebrated a mile-stone in 2016:  We became a “Large” chapter by ISACA standards with over 300 members! Yay!

We had a great program on Virtualization with one of the presenters our own SC Midland ISACA’s Vice President, and future President, Marc Punzirudu! Hope you were able to attend!

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

Kathleen Hall  
SC Midlands ISACA Chapter #54
President 2015-2017


In This Issue

 The Chapter is 341 members STRONG!

      New Members        
     Cory Anderson          
       James Bowman
       Michael Burggraf
       Clyde Harris                                   
       Tonia Morris                                                  
      Pamela J. Cole, CISM, CRISC
      Mr. Scott K. Frost, CISA, CISM
      Mr. Steve Tao, CISA




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 7,8, 2017 - The Linux Operation System - Hands On! Build, Secure and Audit Linux, 12 CPEs,
To register:



Save the Date! - March 8th, 2017 - Hands On Business Continuity presented by Mike Upfield, co-hosted with Palmetto IIA

Save the Date! - April 3rd, 2017 - Raven Global Training and SC Midlands ISACA present a class on "Root Cause Analysis"

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

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 our testing vendor offers that should minimize any distractions that occur during future exams. We anticipate that the CBT sites will reduce potential distractions and be more conducive to the exam taking experience.                                                                                               

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Techno Security & Mobile Forensics Investigations Conference 2015

ISACA Calendar of Events & Deadlines

26 Jan 2017 Webinar: Solving Business Problems with COBIT 5

13-17 Feb 2017 RSA Conference – San Francisco California USA

6-9 Mar 2017 Network Security Auditing Training Week– Chicago Illinois USA

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


 SC Cyber  Calendar of Events


FIRST Robotics Competition     Mar 1-4  Myrtle Beach    FIRST
Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition (HS Day)Apr 8  Charleston AFCEA/SPAWAR

Adult & Professional Education
Cyber Security for the C-Suite Feb 20-Mar 20 Columbia          SC Cyber
CISSP Course    Mar 13-16        Columbia          SC Cyber
NIST Risk Management Framework Workshop Jun 13-14        Charleston       SC Cyber

Critical Infrastructure
Virtual Table Top Exercise Workshop  Jan 24, 25, 26 TBD SC Cyber
AWR-342 Public/Private Partnerships   Jan 31-Feb 2   Columbia   SCEMD
Cyber First Responder   Feb 27-Mar 2    Bluffton   Bluffton PD
MGT-452 Cyber & Physical Security  Feb 27  Myrtle Beach  SCEMD
Cyber Incident Awareness  Mar 28     Columbia   SC Cyber
Cyber Incident Awareness   Mar 29     Greenville     SC Cyber
Cyber Defender    Apr 3-6   Columbia          SC Cyber
Virtual Table Top Exercise Workshop Apr 25, 26, 27 TBD  
SC Cyber
Cyber First Responder    Jul 18-21       Columbia     SC Cyber
Virtual Table Top Exercise Workshop Aug 22, 23, 24    TBD         SC Cyber

Awareness and Outreach
Savannah River Region SC Cyber Kickoff    Mar 2   N. Augusta       SC Cyber
Lock Down Your Login      Apr 11       Columbia          SC Cyber
Lock Down Your Login      Apr 12       Charleston       SC Cyber
Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition HS/College/Pro Apr 8-10 Charleston     AFCEA/SPAWAR

Contact for more information. 803-777-6951


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Certification Updates

Congratulations to the following Newly Certified:

Mr. Eric W. Muhammad, CISA, December 30, 2016
Mr. James Michael Bowman, CISA, December 7, 2016 

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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