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President's Letter for October 2016

Hello All!

WOW - 2 years in a row with severe weather! Hope everyone and their family and friends were able to successfully withstand Hurricane Matthew.   Maybe now we will finally have our wonderful fall temperatures!

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 two review opportunities in November for those that are planning to sit for the CISA and CRISC exams in December.  The CISA review will be held during the IT/Audit State Conference at the Columbia Marriott Hotel on November 2-4 and presented by Ken Cutler. This event is presented as Track 4 of the 24th Annual SC Statewide IT and Audit Conference.  Please register at:  Register for CISA Review Class . 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:

Be sure to mark these review classes on your calendars with two outstanding instructors!  We’re excited to have you join us!!

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


In This Issue

     The Chapter is 329 members STRONG!

      New Members        
     Yewande Afolabi          
      Mr. Brian Bannister
      Mr. Edward Benincasa
      Dr. James Cannon                                                               
      Mr. John Chandler              
      Mrs. Katie Conway
      Mrs. Wendy Hanks           
      Christopher Martin
      Thomas Pires
      Mr. Forrest Sanders                 
     Mr. Jody Barnes, CISM                              



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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:                                                     


Open Now!  November 2, 3 and 4th - State IT and Audit Conference - IT Track - The Treacherous 12 - Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2016 presented by Leighton Johnson which will provide an up-to-date, expert-informed understanding of cloud security concerns in order to make educated risk-management decisions regarding cloud adoption strategies. The class will discuss the current consensus among security experts in Cloud Security Alliance community about the most significant security issues in the cloud. 

The 4th track is CISA Review presented by Ken Cutler -

Register Now
at  Book your room at the Columbia Marriott Hotel at Main & Hampton Streets Book Your Room for 2016 Here Now 

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:


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

Save the Date! - Coming on December 7th, 2016 - A daylong session of updates on Data Breach, Penetration Testing, Go Phish? and other topics

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


Tom Scott, newly appointed GRA chair and Board member, conducted a brief presentation on ISACA and member benefits to State of SC employees involved in information security. 100 training vouchers were purchased along with memberships by the SC Department of Administration as part of its professional education efforts. 
In today’s business world, it's important to keep your education and credentials up to date.  If you cannot come to your local chapter events, consider online training: 

ISACA’s online events and web-based courses prepare participants for certification exams and offer opportunities to earn CPE credits. In addition, with the flexibility of their eLearning program, you and your enterprise can stay current from virtually any location.

Here are options from ISACA International – Check them out – many are free to members:

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 president. Contact your chapter ( and ask how you can get involved!


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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.
  • The second volume comes out next year and it is more of a compilation of COBIT guidance and tiring the components of the principle program management guide to very explicit areas within COBIT.
  • 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.How we 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.

ISACA is considering a few project ideas for 2017.  These ideas have to go through the scrutiny process of the executive committee before they are approved.  These are some of the project areas and there will be opportunity for people to recommend other areas.

  • COBIT Assessment Program Update
  • Governance of ICS Systems
  • Skills Required for Auditing Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Audit Program Based on NIST Framework
  • Basel III – Operational Risk Framework / COSO Risk Framework
  • IT Audit Managers Handbook
  • Sarbanes Oxley Audit Guidance
  • Auditors Guide to Software Assurance







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ISACA Calendar of Events & Deadlines

10-13 Oct 2016 Healthcare Information Technology-Chicago Illinois US  

13 Oct 2016 Governing Data for Business Value: Data Management Maturity-Webinar

17-19 Oct 2016 CSX 2016 North America Conference– Las Vegas Nevada USA

18 Oct 2016 Tips for Auditing Cybersecurity-Webinar

21 Oct 2016 December Certification Exams-Final Registration Deadline

28 Nov-1 Dec 2016 Taking the Next Step: Advancing Your IT Auditing Skills-Atlanta Georgia USA



 Cyber Security Awareness Month



Global business technology and cyber security association ISACA will build on its past leadership during Cyber Security Awareness Month with a trove of additional resources for industry professionals, their organizations and the public this October.

As the number and complexity of cyber threats and responses continue to escalate, cyber security awareness is growing globally. Most organizations plan to increase investment in cyber security technologies and training next year, according to the 2016 Cyber Security Investment Insights poll. The results also show that most organizations increased their cyber security training investment in 2016 compared to 2015. 

ISACA’s agenda during the month will serve to further advance global awareness and capabilities. Just some of the cyber security resources to be offered include:

  • Innovations and insights at cyber security conferences: CSX North America, 17-19 October in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; and CSX Europe, 31 October-2 November in London, UK;
  • The release of a new study on firmware security;
  • A new cyber security jobs index, featuring key industry data points, progress and analyses;
  • Cyber security-focused webinars, including an 18 October webinar on “Tips for Auditing Cyber Security,” ;
  • Multiple cyber security-centered blog posts on the ISACA Now blog covering topics such as ransomware, threat intelligence and cyber risk assessment;
  • A series of cyber security-focused Twitter chats, using #ChatSTC, focused on the basics of online safety, creating a business culture of cyber security and navigating a continuously connected life. 

ISACA CEO Matt Loeb, CGEIT, FASAE, CAE, said cyber security issues have shifted from an IT-centric priority to broader matters in business continuity, economic stability and public safety. 

“October marks a good moment in time to think about these implications and take the necessary steps to ready ourselves and our organizations,” Loeb said. “We need to equip and strengthen the cyber security community along the entire continuum, from students to seasoned professionals.” 

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. 

ISACA is a champion of Cyber Security Awareness Month as an organization dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet. Additional cyber security resources throughout Cyber Security Awareness Month can be found at

Cybersecurity Nexus

CSX 2016 North America – 17-19 October, Las Vegas, Nevada

CSX 2016 brings together thought leaders, experts and professionals at all levels of cyber security as well as the next generation of cyber defenders. Here you can find new connections, innovations and resources to build your cyber security profile and help defend your enterprise from the ever growing cyber security threat.

Register Today

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

See our upcoming training for review classes offered by the chapter for CISA and CRISC taught by renowned instructors!

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

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We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

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