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President's Letter for February 2017

Hello All!

I wanted to take a few minutes to update everyone on some recent changes within the SC Midlands ISACA Chapter. Due to personal reasons, Kathleen Hall has stepped down as chapter President. We sincerely thank Kathleen for all of her efforts and the great job that she has done with the chapter so far.  As chapter Vice President, I have taken on the role of chapter President moving forward. This change in leadership leaves some positions within the Board of Directors vacant, such as Vice President and Social Media Director. If anyone is interested in those positions and would like to find out more information regarding their responsibilities, please contact any Board Members for more information.

For those chapter members that I have not met before, I look forward to meeting you in person at one of our events! 

I am extremely excited to be working with the SC Midlands ISACA Chapter in a much more impactful role and greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly with any ideas on how we can together better our chapter. We are always looking for new and fresh ideas. I look forward to working with you all through 2017!


Marc Punzirudu, SC Midlands ISACA Chapter President


In This Issue

 The Chapter is 347 members STRONG!

      New Members        
     Aimee Blaylock          
       Amy Carroll
       Gilbert Johnson
      Bryan Galloway, CISM
      Mr. Robert McCarthy
      Ms. Jennifer Lynn Staton, 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:

MARCH 8, 2017 - Hands On! Business Continuity presented by Mike Upfield, co-hosted with Palmetto IIA,
To register:



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.                                                                                               

Techno Security Keynote


Techno 2017

Monday Keynote Announced

Christopher Church
Senior Mobile Forensics Specialist, Digital Forensic Laboratory
INTERPOL Global Cyber Complex for Innovation

June 5, 2017   |   8:00am – 9:00am

Christopher Church is a Digital Forensic Officer within the Digital Forensic Laboratory at the new INTERPOL Global Cyber Complex for Innovation based in Singapore. This position is instrumental in assisting law enforcement in 190 member countries in the challenges they face undertaking digital forensics and tackling cybercrime. The role also involves operational on scene support, maintaining the Digital Forensic Lab capability and delivering training and mentoring. 

Chris has been involved in digital forensics for 12 years. He started his digital forensics career at Metropolitan Police in London where he joined the Phone Forensic department. In the 10 years he was based in London he became head of the Smart Device Unit where he formulated the requirements for Smart Device forensics and associated challenges as well as being involved in many high profile case investigations and giving expert testimony in court. He trained and mentored numerous computer forensic and mobile phone examiners in digital forensics examination best practice as well as looking at the complex challenges that arise through such examinations.

Don't miss this great keynote and much more!


Use Promo Code INTERPOL17 by February 17th for an additional 30% off current registration rates.

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

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


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

                                                   Dates             Location       Host               Cost

Automated Threat Management   Feb 21-22          Columbia       SC Cyber       FREE

Savannah River Region SC Cyber Kickoff     Mar 2    N. Augusta     SC Cyber      FREE

CISSP Course                         Mar 13-17           Columbia        SC Cyber       2,000/seat

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 December 2016 Exam Passers:

Sherri Breanna Rogers
Dr. Stephen McCauley
Joel B. Hilke 
Alan Taylor
Mr. Jonathan David Limpalair
Mr. James A. Manning

Mr. Christopher M. Poteat, CISA

John Merrifield, CISA 
Mr. Mark Alan Lester
Mr. Marc Punzirudu, CISA,CISM
Mr. Todd Anson Wilkins
James A. Remsey, CISA 

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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