Facilitated CISA Study Session 19/5/2015 : Chapter 5 Part 2 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on May 19, 2015

On 19 May (this afternoon) we are discussing Chapter 5 of the study material. We will be discussing specific challenges participants may have and also questions from any of the sources that they may have got wrong or are having difficulty understanding.

If there are specific questions you might have, please email them through (preferably as a word document or similar) so we can discuss them.  If we don’t get to them all in the session they can be carried forward to the following week or even an additional special sitting considered.

The sessions from the last few weeks have been reasonably successfully broadcast and recorded on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try to do the same for this afternoon’s session.  If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 

 

Slides will be made available after the session.

Facilitated CISA Study Session 12/5/2015 : Chapter 5 Part 1 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on May 11, 2015

On 12 May we are discussing Chapter 5 of the study material. We will go through a general overview of the Chapter and then be discussing specific challenges participants may have and also questions from any of the sources that they may have got wrong or are having difficulty understanding.

Raniel is going to lead this session provided he has recovered from his illness. If so he will give his insights into Chapters 4 and 5.

If there are specific questions you might have, please email them through (preferably as a word document or similar) so we can discuss them.  If we don’t get to them all in the session they can be carried forward to the following week or even an additional special sitting considered.

The sessions from the last few weeks have been reasonably successfully broadcast and recorded on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try to do the same for this afternoon’s session.  If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 

 

Slides will be made available after the session.

ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 11 12th May 2015 Chapter 5 pt1

CISA Presentation raniel ch4 ch5

 

For those who missed the last two sessions, they are available on Youtube as follows:

CISA Special Q&A Session (Session 9) public

CISA Chapter 4 Part 2 (Session 10) public

 

Facilitated CISA Study Session 28/4/2015 : Chapter 4 Part 1 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on April 28, 2015

This evening we are discussing Chapter 4 of the study material. We will go through a general overview of the Chapter and then be discussing specific challenges participants may have and also questions from any of the sources that they may have got wrong or are having difficulty understanding. Raniel was going to lead this afternoon’s session but has taken ill so I (Justin) will lead it. Don’t forget we are also planning to host a question binge discussion session / catch-up on Saturday 2nd May 2015 (the full schedule of the remaining sessions is in the slide deck).

The sessions from the last few weeks have been reasonably successfully broadcast and recorded on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try to do the same for this afternoon’s session.  If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 


You can download a copy of tonight’s slides here : ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 8 28th April 2015 Chapter 4 pt1

Facilitated CISA Study Session 21/4/2015 : Chapter 3 Part 2 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on April 21, 2015

This evening we are discussing Chapter 3 of the study material. We will had an overview last week so if you didn’t catch that please go back and look at last week’s recording. This afternoon we are discussing specific challenges participants may have and also questions from any of the sources that they may have got wrong or are having difficulty understanding.

The sessions from the last few weeks have been reasonably successfully broadcast and recorded on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try to do the same for this afternoon’s session.  If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 

 

You can download a copy of tonight’s slides here : ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 7 21st April 2015 Chapter 3 pt2

Facilitated CISA Study Session 14/4/2015 : Chapter 3 Part 1 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on April 14, 2015

This evening we are discussing Chapter 3 of the study material. We will have an overview of the content of the chapter and then discuss specific challenges participants may have and also questions from any of the sources that they may have got wrong or are having difficulty understanding.

The sessions from the last few weeks have been reasonably successfully broadcast and recorded on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try and do the same for this afternoon’s session.  If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 

 

You can download a copy of tonight’s slides here : ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 6 14th April 2015 Chapter 3 pt1.

Facilitated CISA Study Session 7/4/2015 : Chapter 2 Part 2 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on April 07, 2015

This evening we are discussing Chapter 2 of the study material. Refer back to last week’s broadcast for an overview of the chapter content. This week we are discussing specific challenges participants may have and also questions from any of the sources that they may have got wrong or are having difficulty understanding.

The sessions from the last two weeks have been reasonably successfully broadcast and recorded on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try and do the same for this afternoon’s session.  If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 

 

Download the slides from the session here.  ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 5 7th April 2015 Chapter 2 pt2

Working with SQL Server error logs in Log Parser Studio

Posted on April 05, 2015

Microsoft Log Parser Studio (LPS) has become one of my favourite (free) tools whenever it comes time to work with log files of any significant size. In the past I have always used one of the pre-define log type formats when working with log files. Recently I needed to work with SQL Server error logs and was a little concerned initially that there was no pre-defined format for these logs and trying one of the standard log types didn’t give me the output I expected (or needed).

With a little bit of effort I managed to figure out what was required, it turned out to be fairly simple. The trick was using the TSV format and then customising the settings.

LPS - select TSVLOG

 

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The new Nespresso Limited Edition Monsoon Malabar is available

Posted on March 31, 2015

 

 

 

 

Nespresso Monsoon Malabar

 

The new Nespresso Monsoon Malabar is available to try. It’s an Indian coffee of a fairly high (8) intensity that is ideally enjoyed as an espresso. Time to head on down to the Nespresso shop and grab some to try.

Will report back once have had a chance to sip on some.

 

Slides for Facilitated CISA Study Sessions 24/3/2015 & 31/3/2015 : Chapter 1 Part 2 & Chapter 2 Part 1

Posted on March 31, 2015

Last week we held the third of the CISA facilitated study sessions at the ITSec offices.  The number of attendees is still growing and we have an increasingly diverse group of attendees which is greatly beneficial to all participating.  The last two sessions were broadcast on Google Hangouts on Air.  Our listener count was up to two :)  The benefit of doing the broadcast is that it is recorded and now available for anybody to watch / listen to. Check it out (links in post below) and let us know if it is useful.

This evening’s session beings in about two hours. Please feel free to join us.

Attached below are the slides from the session of 24/3/2014 as well as tonight’s session (they are also in the recorded hangout).

ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 3 24th March 2015 Chapter 1 pt 2

ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 4 31st March 2015 Chapter 2 pt 1

Facilitated CISA Study Session 31/3/2015 : Chapter 2 Part 1 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on March 31, 2015

The sessions from the last two weeks have been reasonably successfully broadcast and recorded on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try and do the same for this afternoon’s session.  If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 

 

Hangouts are limited to a maximum of 10 people participating via video / audio and many more who can watch the video feed and participate in the chat. First come first serve.

Facilitated CISA Study Session 24/3/2015 : Chapter 1 Part 2 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on March 19, 2015

Last week’s session seemed to work reasonably well on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try and do the same for the next session. If you have missed it the recording is available. If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 

 

Hangouts are limited to a maximum of 10 people participating via video / audio and many more who can watch the video feed and participate in the chat. First come first serve.

 

 

Slides for Facilitated CISA Study Session 17/3/2015 : Chapter 1 Part 1

Posted on March 18, 2015

Last night we held the second of the CISA facilitated study sessions at the ITSec offices.  The number of attendees is growing and we have an increasingly diverse group of attendees which is greatly beneficial to all participating.  We also broadcast the session on Google Hangouts on Air.  We had a total of zero :) live listeners to the event. The benefit of doing the broadcast is that it is recorded and now available for anybody to watch / listen to. Check it out (links in post below) and let us know if it is useful. I encourage anybody who would like to join the live session next week to listen to this week’s session and just leave a comment here or pop me a mail / message on twitter to let me know you will be joining.

Attached below are the slides from last night for your reference (they are also in the recorded hangout).

ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 17th March 2015 Chapte 01 part 1

Solution to CISA 2014 Self-Assessment

Posted on March 18, 2015

A number of the participants in our weekly CISA study session asked for the solution to the 2014 CISA self assessment hosted on the ISACA website.

Summary

Summary

Below is a PDF print of the answers. Please use responsibly and goodluck with your studies.

CISA Self-Assessment – all answers (all correct)

Facilitated CISA Study Session 17/3/2015 : Chapter 1 Part 1 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on March 16, 2015

ITSec is hosting CISA Exam Preparation facilitated study sessions at our offices in West Riding, Durban. Last week we had the kickoff session where we just did some introductions, discussed expectations of the participants for the exam and for the study sessions, spoke a bit about the structure of the exam and the five practice domains,  spoke through Geroge Pajari’s Ten Steps to acing the exam, agreed and approach to the studies and set some objectives and pre-work for the next study session (to be held on Tuesday 17th March 2015).

If you are based in KZN you are welcome to join us for these sessions. Take a look on the ITSec website for directions to our offices (a map is included in the presentation pack).

On Tuesday 17th March at 4:45pm South Africa time (GMT+2) we will be covering Chapter 1 of the study guide. Participants were asked to do the self assessment on the ISACA website, read Chapter 1, note down area of concern, do some of the sample questions and come with a list of questions that went wrong.

For those not close enough to join us for the sessions, download the slides, read through and see if you can find some useful tips in there. You can also use the study schedule, customise it for your use, and then have a structured plan for your exam prep. Having a structure to assist in your study discipline is always a good idea.

We are going to try and set up a Google hangout for the session Tuesday afternoon. I am not sure how that will work out, we don’t have professional equipment to broadcoast the session, so it will be done off a reasonable webcam. Feel free to join us.

Google Hangout event link

Youtube link

 

 

Download a copy of the introductory presentation from last week.

ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 1 10th March 2015 with slides for Prep 17th March

 

 

 

Checking a sample of South African ID Numbers in Excel

Posted on March 11, 2015

All South African Identity numbers have built in validation digits. The formula to check these isn’t a secret. This afternoon I needed to check a list of ID numbers to ensure they were all valid and was most grateful to Robert MacLean (and Riaan Pretorius) for their work in putting together (and sharing) an excel sheet which can validate the numbers. Just copy and paste in your sample.

Find a copy of this useful spreadsheet here : ID Number checker

Cross posted on ITSec’s blog.

 

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