IT Auditing: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

  About the Author 


Robert E. Davis

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 a Pleier Corporation author.  His IT audit specializations include Control Objectives for Information and related Technology, Information Security Management, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Regarding information security and privacy, Robert is available to provide International Standards Organization-27000, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, 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 assurance services (from staff through senior management levels) 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, Clarity, 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.  Subsequently, 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.  

Robert has authored "Did IT Auditing Forget the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act",  "How Does Management Support Deploying IT Governance?", and "Preserving Electronically Encoded Evidence" for IT AUDIT magazine, IT Governance, LTD and ISACA Journal; respectively.

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 3rd Securasia Congress, the Data Processing Management Association, and the ISACA-Philadelphia Chapter CISA Review course.
 
Robert is a member of The Institute of Internal Auditors,
ISACA, American Association of University Professors, 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.  A consolidated and enhanced version of these monographs is available through Pleier Corporation as "IT Auditing: An Adaptive Process".


Based on his accomplishments, Robert has been featured in Temple University's Fox School of Business Alumni Newsletter and The Institute for Internal Controls e-Newsletter.  Furthermore, he is a lifetime member of the Madison Who's Who Registry of Executives and Professionals.

Robert has also authored 8 other indispensable resources available from Pleier Corporation:


These publications are also especially valuable references to prepare for 5 of the 6 job practice domains on ISACA's Certified Information Systems Auditors examination.  Robert's following titles are offered
at a reduced price as "CISA Review Course" available at $ 495 at a saving of $ 145 from the price of purchasing these CDs separately.


Additional references and information is available at
Have CISA - Will Travel.




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IT Auditing: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Robert E. Davis 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 training of IT auditors, IT Audit Managers , and Audit Managers.  The “Administrator’s Guide” and accompanying "Participant's Guide" provide 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 IT audits and reviews related to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.  Furthermore, participant attentiveness to the material and completion of the ten Guide exercises can enhance auditor professionalism in corresponding job responsibilities.

Participants who complete this training will be adequately prepared  to perform competent Business Continuity and Di saster Recovery assurance services.


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 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 online click here for each copy of the Participant's Guide produced on paper or file.

When making payment please send a separate email with the place and date that the training was held to licensing@pleier.com.

Your feedback, concerning this product, should be sent to pleier@pleier.com.


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Presentation


IT Auditing: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery contains over 320 PowerPoint slides with slide notes offering a practical method for performing IT audits and reviews addressing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.  Furthermore, the PowerPoint slides content allows presentation and participation in either a group or individual self-paced training format.

This “IT Auditing: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery” course can be offered in a 3 day period as outlined in the PowerPoint slides, in any timeframe to meet an organization's needs, or in a self-paced mode for individuals.

To view each of the 3 PowerPoint presentations click the blue link for that module such as the one that follows.  Click View Slide if necessary.  Click the left mouse button each time you are ready to advance to the next item or to check an answer throughout this presentation.  To continue a presentation at a specific slide while viewing slideshow right click the mouse, select Go To Slide, and select a specific slide number.


“IT Auditing: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Presentation – module 1"

Module 1 sets the framework for learning about Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery associated with IT audits and reviews, as well as offering suggestions on how to use this CD in a self-study or group training mode, specifically addressing: 

Introduction
Objectives
Introductions (for group training)
Appropriate IT Auditor Training
An 18-question Diagnostic Test with answers
IT Audit Training Agenda
Suggested Training Schedule
Standards
Overview of Audit Methodology
IT Auditing Glossary
Audit Related Certifications
Overview of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
IT Governance
Control Environment


“IT Auditing: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Presentation – module 2"

Module 2 continues the learning concerning Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery associated with IT audits and reviews specifically addressing:

IT Management Roles & Responsibilities
IT Management Planning
Entity Employees Training & Awareness
Entity Employees File Back-Up
Entity Employees Incident Response
Entity Employees Periodic Testing
Entity Employees Analyzing Test Results


“IT Auditing: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Presentation – module 3"

Module 3 continues the learning concerning Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery associated with IT audits and reviews specifically addressing:
 
IT Audits and Reviews
IT Audits and Reviews Issues
IT Audits and Reviews Planning
Studying and Evaluating Controls
Testing and Evaluating Controls
Reporting
Follow-up
Training Evaluation
Where to Get More Information




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Administrator's Guide


"IT Auditing: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Administrator's Guide"

The 65-page "Administrator's Guide" provides the administrator / seminar leader with an excellent guide to offer quality training correlated to the "IT Auditing: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery" 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.

The "Administrator's Guide" includes 10 Course Exercises with an Answer Key for each exercise.

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".

To access the Administrator's Guide click the blue link above. 


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Participant's Guide


"IT Auditing: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Participant's Guide"

The 32-page "Participant's Guide" encourages active learning about Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery 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" includes 10 Course Exercises.  The answer for each exercise is contained in the "Administrator's Guide".

To access the Participant's Guide click the blue link above. 


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