IT Auditing: IT Governance 

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Robert E. Davis, MBA, CISA, CICA

Robert E. Davis is an independent management audit consultant, currently associated with Robert Half Management Resources, as well as Pleier Corporation author.  His IT audit specializations include Control Objectives for Information and related Technology, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Regarding information security and privacy, Robert is available to provide International Organization for Standardization ISO-17799, Graham-Leach-Bliley, and Basel II consulting.  His primary computer technology research interests are databases, operating systems, and distributed information systems processing. 

Since starting his career as an IT auditor, Robert has provided data security consulting and IT auditing services from staff through management positions to the United States Enrichment Corporation, Raytheon Company, United States Interstate Commerce Commission, Dow Jones & Company, Fidelity/First Fidelity (Wachovia) Corporations, and other organizations.

Some of his professional IT software and hardware experience includes MVS, UNIX, Windows, Oracle, the International Money Management System, PERL, COBOL, PASCAL, DEC, IBM, Tandem, Compaq, and DELL.  

Prior to engaging in the practice of IT auditing and information security consulting, Robert provided inventory and general accounting services to Philip Morris USA and general accounting services to Philadelphia National Bank (Wachovia).

Robert graduated from Temple University and West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degree, respectively.  While attending Temple University, his major areas of study were Business Law and Accounting.  He successfully completed the requirements for a Management Information Systems subject major at West Chester University.  

Robert obtained the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certificate, after passing the Information Systems Audit and Control Association’s rigorous three hundred and fifty multiple-choice questions examination and was conferred the Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA) certificate by the Institute for Internal Controls.  

During his twenty-year professional involvement in education, Robert acquired postgraduate and professional technical licenses in computer science and computer systems technology.  

Currently, Robert is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors IT AUDIT magazine Editorial Review Committee and author of the IT AUDIT magazine emerging issues article, “Did IT Auditing Forget the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?”  

Robert is a former ISACA-Philadelphia Chapter Board of Directors member and College Relations Chairman.  Robert has provided instruction to an Internet CISA study group, the Data Processing Management Association, and the ISACA-Philadelphia Chapter CISA Review course.
Robert is a member of American Association of University Professors, ISACA, and the Institute for Internal Controls.  He is also a college computer science and mathematics instructor, having previously taught at Cheyney University and Bryant & Stratton College.    

Robert’s IT audit publications include “Information Systems Auditing: The IS Audit Planning Process”, “Information Systems Auditing: The IS Audit Study and Evaluation of Controls Process”, “Information Systems Auditing: The IS Audit Testing Process”, and “Information Systems Auditing: The IS Audit Reporting Process” electronic monographs.

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IT Auditing: IT Governance 

Robert E. Davis has been privileged to assist various organizations in achieving their information systems control objectives and improving business processes.  Recently, he has applied his expertise in assisting organizations in fulfilling U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley and Federal Information Security Act requirements as well as training professionals internationally.   

Robert is sharing his experience by providing tools to prepare auditors to perform IT audits in an extremely cost-effective manner.

Business organizations, governmental organizations, colleges, and universities can benefit from his knowledge and expertise concerning IT auditing.

This self-paced PowerPoint presentation with accompanying material is organized to provide initial training of IT auditors as well as continuing training of IT auditors, auditors, and auditor managers.  The “Administrator’s Guide” provides tools for group and individual self-paced training. 

Utilizing the enclosed PowerPoint slides, in conjunction with the “Participant’s Guide,” can ensure adequate understanding of the entire IT audit process including audit engagement requirements.  Furthermore, participant attentiveness to the material and completion of the twelve exercises in the guide can enhance auditor professionalism in corresponding job responsibilities. 

Participants who  complete this training will be adequately prepared to take the Information Systems Audit and Control Association’s (ISACA’s) Certified Information Systems Auditor – IT Governance examination section and to perform competent IT Auditing of IT Governance.

Auditors and Audit Departments that purchase this electronic publication on CD can duplicate the enclosed Administrator’s and Participant’s Guides royalty free for training of individual auditors in that department and for in-house group training.

Organizations including schools that purchase this electronic publication on CD can duplicate the enclosed
Administrator’s and Participant’s Guides and use that material to conduct public and classroom training by paying a royalty fee of $20 by check or online for each copy of the workbook produced on paper or file to:

Pleier Corporation
Attn: IT Auditing: IT Governance
P.O. Box 3900
Mission Viejo CA 926901-1900
United States of America

When making payment please include with payment or a separate email the place and date that the training was held.

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IT Auditing: IT Governance Presentation

IT Auditing: IT Governance contains over 300 PowerPoint slides with slide notes, Administrator's Guide, and Participant's Guide offering a practical method for performing IT governance audits. Furthermore, the PowerPoint slides content allows presentation and participation in either a group or individual self-paced training format.

“IT Auditing: IT Governance Presentation – module 1"

Module 1 sets the framework for learning about IT Auditing: IT Governance as well as offering suggestions to use this CD in a self-study or group training mode addressing specifically:
Introductions (if a group)
Appropriate IT Auditor Training
An 18-question Diagnostic Test with answers       
IT Audit Training Agenda
Suggested Training Schedule
IT Audit Methodology
8 Types of IT Audits        
Overview of IT Governance
IT Governance Program Management
IT Governance Organizational Practices
IT Strategic Alignment Requirements
IT Value Delivery Significance

“IT Auditing: IT Governance Presentation – module 2"

Module 2 continues the learning about IT Auditing: IT Governance addressing specifically:

Business Risk Management Principles
Risk Management Principles
Control Selection Interaction Model
IT resource Criticality
IT Performance Measurement
IT Performance Monitoring     
IT Audit and Review Planning Issues
IT Audit and Review Management      
Auditable Units Bidirectional Linkages

“IT Auditing: IT Governance Presentation – module 3"

Module 3 continues the learning about IT Auditing: IT Governance addressing specifically:
Audit and Review Risk Assessment        
Management Information Systems
Mission Statements
Documentation Availability
IT Tools and Techniques
Key Auditable Units
Risk-Control Methodology
IT Security Management
Performance Management
Evaluating Outsourced Activities

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Administrator's Guide

"IT Auditing: IT Governance Administrator's Guide"

The 69-page "Administrator's Guide" provides the administrator / seminar leader with an excellent guide to offer quality training correlated to the "IT Auditing: IT Governance" PowerPoint presentation and provides answers for course participant exercises. Beneficially, the "Administrator's Guide" documents researched answers, with additional reference sources available on the Internet.

In a self-study mode the participant should use the "Participant's Guide" and then check the accuracy of an answer with the "Administrator's Guide".

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Participant's Guide

"IT Auditing: IT Governance Participant's Guide"

The 33-page "Participant's Guide" encourages active learning about IT Governance associated with IT audits and reviews.  This workbook allows application of presented material and demonstration of the IT audit methodology, using various formats. Additionally, practice variety also is incorporated through group or individual exercise assignments.

The "Participant's Guide" contains a glossary of terms that participant might want to reference throughout the PowerPoint presentation.

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