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President's Letter for August 2017

Hello everyone,

Thank you everyone who attended our July training.  We currently have a few exciting training events on the horizon, be sure to check our website, Please let us know if you have any suggestions on how we can be a better chapter, so do not hesitate to let us know.

We are also looking for volunteers to assist the Board of Directors with various tasks. If you are interested in helping the ISACA Best Worldwide Chapter of 2016 be even better, please e-mail me directly at



Marc Punzirudu, SC Midlands ISACA Chapter President

In This Issue

        The Chapter is 312 members STRONG! 
           New Members            
           Robin Bonham
           Derek Day


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:

Power Excel with MrExcel 2017 Edition – 617 Excel Mysteries Solved! Presented by MrExcel
Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 8 a.m. to noon, 4 CPEs 

Jelen loves new questions and will incorporate them in the seminar. Send your Excel questions to  in advance or bring them to the seminar.  To register, click here:  Find out more and Register!  Book included in registration price!


SAVE THE DATES For 2017:  

Check 2017 Calendar for SC Midlands ISACA for upcoming Chapter events



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! 

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Other Chapter News

Additional Training Opportunities


  SCSIAA and Palmetto Chapter IIA Networking Lunch and Learn

Title:                Performance Management and Risk Management:  Two sides of the Coin
Speaker:          Wayne Sams, CPA
Date:               Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Location:          Grecian Gardens, 2312 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169
Time(s):           11:00 am - 1:00 pm – Training at 11:00 am followed by Lunch at noon
CPEs:               1.00 CPE
Field of Study:  Auditing
Registration:    Complete REG. IN SCSIAA GOOGLE FORMS  capped at 80 registrants
Cost:              Training is free.  Lunch is “on your own”.  Orders will be taken at the event

Sponsored by Coastal Carolina, Palmetto and Western Carolinas IIA Chapters and the SC State Internal Auditors Association 

Title:                Managing Fraud Risks in Procurement and Contracting
Speaker:          John Hall, CPA
Date:                Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Location:          BCBS SC Tower Building, I-20 and Alpine Rd., Columbia, SC 29219
Time(s):           7:30 am – 4:40 pm
                       Registration and Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30 am
                       Training:  8:30 am to 4:40 pm
CPEs:               8.00 CPEs
Field of Study:  Auditing/Fraud
Registration:    For Registration Site, Click Here.
Cost:                $80 Members and $120 Non-Members

25th Annual 2015 SC Statewide Audit Conference

Sponsored by Coastal Carolina, Palmetto and Western Carolinas IIA Chapters, ISACA Midlands, and the SC State Internal Auditors Association 

Title:                25th Annual 2017 SC Statewide Audit Conference
Speaker:          Various
Date:                Wednesday, November 15 – Friday, November 17, 2017
Location:          Embassy Suites Columbia – Greystone, Columbia, SC
Time(s):           7:30 am – 4:40 pm
                       Registration and Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30 am
                       Training:  8:30 am to 4:40 pm Wednesday and Thursday
                       Training:  8:30 am to 12:20 pm Friday
                       SC State Internal Auditors Association Business Meeting: 12:30 pm Friday
CPEs:               Up to 20.00 CPEs
Field of Study:  Auditing, Fraud, IT, Ethics and CIA and CISA Exam Reviews
Registration:    Link Available Soon
Cost:                08/7/17 – 10/25/17:  $450 Members and $500 Non-members
                       10/26/17 – 11/08/17:   $525 Members and $575 Non-members
                       11/08/17 – 11/14/17:    $626 ALL




ISACA actively promotes research that results in the development of products that IT governance, control, assurance, risk and security professionals can use to add value to their enterprises. ISACA research also informs information technology management and users about IS controls and the critical role they play in their organizations.

Go to for more information 

Recent Research Deliverables

  • Data Privacy Audit Program
  • Polyverse Case Study
  • Understanding Blockchain Technology
  • Outsourced IT Audit/Assurance Program
  • Implementing the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Using COBIT 5
  • CISO Board Briefing 2017
  • Rise of the Drones
  • State of Cyber Security 2017
  • Auditing Cyber Security
  • COBIT 5/CMMI Practices Pathway Tool
  • Cybercrime: Defending Your Enterprise
  • ISACA Privacy Principles and Program Management Guide
  • Cybersecurity: Based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • Incident Response: Obfuscated JavaScript and Evil Adware Recognition
  • A Global Look at IT Audit Best Practices
  • Insights From the 2016 IT Audit Directors Forums
  • Firmware Security Risks and Mitigation: Enterprise Practices and Challenges





Techno Security & Mobile Forensics Investigations Conference 2015

ISACA Calendar of Events & Deadlines

10 Aug 2017 Webinar: Threat Driven Vulnerability Prioritization 

15 Aug 2017 Webinar: Leveraging Container Technology to Better Achieve Compliance  

17 Aug 2017 Webinar: Mentorship Matters: Cultivating the Next Generation of Cyber 

29 Aug 2017 Webinar: Using Machine Learning to Stop Malware 

14-17 Aug 2017 Training Week: Cloud Computing: Seeing Though the Clouds, Miami FL 

16-18 Aug 2017 Conference: Governance, Risk and Control, Grapevine TX 

For more information go to: 


 SC Cyber Calendar of Events

Upcoming SC Cyber Courses

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Cyber First Responder Course           August 21-24                     Columbia

CFR is designed to prepare first responders to effectively and efficiently act to counter any type of cyber-based terror attack against our nation’s internet, communications, and network-based infrastructure. This hands-on course is for skilled technical personnel who meet specific technical prerequisites, and could be responsible for responding to agency assistance calls for potential cyberterrorism activity.



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 our Newly Certified:

Mr. Jonathan Carter Rafferty, CISA, June 15, 2017
Mr. Richard Joseph Makla, III, CISA, CISM, June 23, 2017
Mr. David John Easey, CISA, June 29, 2017
Ariadna Baty Teal, CISA, June 29, 2017
Mr. Todd Anson Wilkins, CISA, CRISC, July 7, 2017
Mr. Thomas Jake Rich, CISA, CISM, CRISC, July 14, 2017
Catherine Moles, CISA, July 14, 2017


Bryan Walter Hemerka, CISM, July 12, 2017

Mr. Thomas Jake Rich, CISA, CISM, CRISC, July 17, 2017

Congratulations to the following May/June 2017 Exam Passers:

Ariadna Baty Teal, CISA
Mr. David John Easey, CISA
Mr. Todd Anson Wilkins, CISA, CRISC
Mr. Thomas Jake Rich, CISA, CISM, CRISC

Mr. Derek Michael Day
Bryan Walter Hemerka, CISM
Caroline Overcash, CISA
Mr. Edward John Madeline, III, CISM

Mr. Thomas F. Allen, CISM, CRISC
Mr. Jody Barnes, CISM
Mr. James A. Manning, CISA

The transition to
Computer-Based Testing (CBT) in 2017 for ISACA’s CISA, CRISC, CISM and CGEIT certifications is underway. 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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