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Essential CISA Exam Guide: Updated for the 26th Edition

Narrated by: Phil Martin
Length: 22 hrs and 8 mins
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Essential CISA has been made with a single goal in mind - to present the CISA material in a way that is easy to absorb without leaving any content behind. Plenty of examples are included to drive the points home so when it comes time to take the CISA exam, you are ready! 

This exam guide covers all five ISACA domains, including:    

  • The process of auditing information systems   
  • Governance and management of IT    
  • Information systems acquisition, development, and implementation   
  • Information systems operations, maintenance, and service management    
  • Protection of information assets  

Instead of presenting both technical details and auditing information at the same time, Essential CISA breaks the topics down into their own chapters. This means you have a firm grounding in the technical details before diving into how to audit the various areas.  

* Note that the chapter labels will not reflect the actual name of the chapters - they are simply labeled "Chapter XX" within the Audible app. When listening to the audiobook however, the chapter and section titles are clearly announced. This is a limitation of the audio publishing platform and is beyond the control of the author. If you wish to view an outline of the content, please visit the Essential CISA Exam Guide page on Amazon.

©2018 Phil Martin (P)2018 Phil Martin

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Valuable for Auditory Learners

While no one can say that the CISA is an easily accessible exam in terms of the breadth of content expected to be covered, the author/narrator does an admirable job of staying true to the majority of the review guide. As an auditory learner, I found it easier to listen to the CISA review manual as paraphrased in this volume, than it was to read and annotate it myself. The biggest challenge is when the author opines on the current state of the art in infosec or does not follow the order of the review manual, despite covering the vast majority of the content closely. These opinions I found, may diverge from preferred answers in "priority" type questions offered on the exam, and may distract from the correct answer. When the author covers material in a different order than the review manual, it generally took a while to find the section he was discussing to follow along. Other than those issues, it is the best bet for people who learn by listening and who would like to cover a great deal of material in a short period of time.

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Helped me pass CISA

Because of my daily commute time, this audio book became a daily listen in the month leading up to the exam, and certainly helped me achieve a good score. Thank you Phil Martin.

I believe the best way to pass exams like CISA is to use multiple study resources. This audiobook alone is not enough for such a tough exam, but its a great addition to other resources.

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