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President's Letter for November 2016

Hello All!

Welcome to fall weather!

Don’t forget to upload your CPEs on the ISACA website … And, soon, we will be able to upload CPE details and all you will need to do is accept them!  Yay!

We are offering a review class in November for those that are planning to sit for the CRISC exam in December.  The CRISC review class will be held at the BCBSSC Tower Auditorium on November 19-20 and presented by Leighton Johnson.  To get more information and to register, click here:                                                          

Come catch the last CPEs of the year and meet one of the ISACA International Board of Directors!
The Challenges and Opportunities Facing Today's CISOs, December 2016 SC Midlands Event Presented by:  Eddie Schwartz, CISA, CISM, President and COO, White Ops, Inc., ISACA Board Director

Be sure to mark these classes on your calendars!  We’re excited to have you join us!!

Your local chapter needs volunteers! Volunteering at your local chapter is a great way to become an active member of ISACA.  Opportunities can range from one-time tasks or committee involvement, to chapter board leadership roles, including serving as chapter vice president. Contact your chapter ( and ask how you can get involved!                                                                                    

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


In This Issue

     The Chapter is 333 members STRONG!

      New Members        
     Harry Brown          
      Joshua DuPre
      Stewart Giffin
      Etta Hill                                                               
      Mark Key              
      Manuela Lester        
     Mr. Joshua Marc Axelrod,



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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:


Come catch the last CPEs of the year and meet one of the ISACA International Board of Directors! The Challenges and Opportunities Facing Today's CISOs, December 2016 SC Midlands Event Presented by:  Eddie Schwartz, CISA, CISM, President and COO, White Ops, Inc., ISACA Board Director 

It seemed like a visionary idea in the mid-1990’s – cyber security finally would be taken seriously by inventing a C-suite position. The CISO was born, and every organization wanted one.  But unfortunately, expectations and results through the years have not matched the outcome.  Can a CISO ensure compliance with myriad regulations or international standards? Can a CISO provide for ROI and develop clear risk metrics?  Can a CISO defend against the hordes of Chinese, Russian, Syrian, ISIS, and other hackers?  The answer to all these questions is a resounding NO.  This talk traces the history of the CISO, the unfulfilled dreams and hopes of both security practitioners and the companies that hire them, epic failures and successes, and what the future holds for this evolving profession in the face of advanced threats and technology change. 

Additionally hear the following:
Data Breach History - presented by Marc Punzirudu
Local Security Panelist Discuss Changes made to deal with all the security challenges
Incident Response - presented by Tom Scott
Tips on how to hire your Pen Tester, presented by Marc Punzirudu

SAVE THE DATES To Close this year and to Open Next Year:

Save the Date! - January 10th, 2017 - Virtualization - 6 CPEs

Save the Date! - February 7, 8, and 9, 2017 - The Official COBIT 5 Foundation Course and Optional Exam

Save the Date! - March 8th, 2017 - Topic to be Determined and co-hosted with Palmetto IIA

Save the Date! - April 3rd and 4th, 2017 - Raven Global Training and SC Midlands ISACA present a two day class on "Root Cause Analysis"

Other Chapter News


Lower Richland High School Career Fair, November 4, 2016
By Audra Woods, Research Director for SC Midlands Chapter of ISACA

Joey Beasley, Dakota McAveney and I had a magnificent time at Lower Richland High School Career Fair.  Together, we spoke to at least twenty-five (25) students and teachers. 

Let me start by giving professional recognition to Joey and Dakota for sharing their experiences and life stories with the students on how they were influenced to get started in Information Technology.  The students at the fair were encouraged to get a head start on an in-demand cyber career, and encouraged to attend ISACA free or discounted training for students at the local SC Midlands Chapter of ISACA.

The Cybersecurity Fundamental Career Starter, the ISACA Fact Sheet, and the complimentary study guide were displayed at the career fair with the history of ISACA and the benefits of the CSX Fundamental Certificate shared with teachers and students.  From my past recruiter experiences, I encouraged students not to let this opportunity ISACA provides slip away.  If the older generations were provided the same opportunities, many people including myself would have taken time to enhance and advance their IT and Cyber knowledge in their early career.  Students will gain fundamental knowledge in the principles and key concepts that frame and define cyber security and will distinguish themselves from other candidates with the use of these CSX benefits.

I truly believe the best part of the career fair for the students was the candy.  We ran out of candy and would like to thank Tom Scott of SC Cyber who provided an additional bag of candy.   I look forward to future opportunities to talk about my IT roles and my future plans in Cybersecurity.

Additional Training offered by Coastal IIA Chapter

The Coastal Carolina Chapter of the IIA wanted to let you know of an additional potential opportunity to introduce new auditors to IT Auditing; promote knowledge for non-IT auditors on staff; get in additional CPEs in beautiful Charleston, SC; and, to socialize/network with colleagues in anticipation of the holiday season!!   

Dynamic Danny Goldberg, who along with Leighton Johnson, presented at this year’s SC Annual Statewide Audit conference has agreed to provide 8 hours of CPE for the Coastal Carolina IIA in Charleston, SC, on Friday, December 16, 2016.  He will present “IT Auditing for Non-IT Auditors.”   

If you are interested or know of anyone that may be, please contact Katrina DeLuca as soon as possible at to get more details and reserve a space.   

With enough interest, the location, cost and times will be announced soon.                                                                                                  o

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Featured Research


ISACA's Leadership in Research

Projects coming out this year:

  • ISACA Privacy Principles, Governance and Management Program Guide – this is a large and comprehensive publication. The book has a great deal of information on privacy.The book was divided into two volumes.Volume 1 comes out toward the end of the year and it is the core of how organization deals with privacy and implement structures and practices to create an effective program.
  • Another project is the Future Direction of IS Audit – the purpose of this project focus on the impact of IS Audit practice and professional requirements now and 5-8 years into the future. The need to adjust the knowledge, skills and capability of the current practitioner and address their needs as well as knowing what to recruit for in the future.
  • Blockchain Basics is a project being developed. Blockchain is an emerging technology behind bitcoin. The document will explain bitcoin, where it came from, some of the uses people look at, how transactions are created and becomes a part of Blockchain, the document will explain hashing, public keys and provides clear examples to help people understand in easier term.


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ISACA Calendar of Events & Deadlines

14-17 Nov 2016 CRISC Exam Prep Course-Virtual Instructor-Led Training
28 Nov-1 Dec 2016 Taking the Next Step: Advancing Your IT Auditing Skills-Atlanta Georgia USA

5-8 Dec 2016 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Training Week– Las Vegas Nevada USA

12-15 Dec 2016 Information Security Essentials for IT Auditors Training Week– Los Angeles California USA



 ISACA Training/Certification Update


STAND OUT IN THE CYBERSECURITY MARKETPLACE – Add CSX to Your Cyber Knowledge, Skills, and Credentials.

The growing shortage of skilled professionals in cybersecurity has increased global demand for information systems professional skilled in cybersecurity.  As a result ISACA is shifting direction to focus on skill-based training to ensure cyber teams have the proven skills needed, please review ISACA training tools,


CSXP earned the 2016 SC Award for Best Professional Certification Program just six months after its launch. Learn how CSX will elevate your career,

Parents and kids can now benefit from ISACA’s cybersecurity guidance.  ISACA guidance in the app helps parents teach their kids about secure online behavior related to social media, privacy, phishing and more. To learn more,

Revolutionizing Learning – ISACA has implemented a new learning management system, and will soon be launching a new online CISA review course for exam registrants.


Cybersecurity Nexus

ISACA established the Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) in response to an urgent global need for enhanced cyber security skills and training. CSX is a holistic resource for professionals and organizations offering the knowledge, tools, guidance and networking that allows them to be at the forefront of the rapidly changing cyber security landscape. ISACA’s CSX Practitioner Certification (CSXP), launched in 2015, was named the Best Professional Certification Program in the 2016 SC Magazine Awards.  

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.

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Certification Updates

SC Midlands Chapter of ISACA to host the CRISC Review Class presented by Leighton Johnson at the BlueCross BlueShield of SC Tower Auditorium, November 19, 20th, 2016, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day, 16 CPEs To get more information and to register, click here:

Earn the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) or Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification

Get started today! Register for an exam 

Visit the ISACA Bookstore for certification exam prep materials.



We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

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