BSA 505 ENTIRE COURSE


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BSA 505    ENTIRE COURSE
 
 
WEEK  1


BSA 505 Week 1 Individual Assignment Governance in a Changing IT Environment

 

Instructions: Reference: Ch. 5, "Internal Controls Concepts Knowledge," of Auditor's Guide to IT Auditing. An organization has implemented the guidance provided by their Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). In the future, you will perform an IT audit on the organization. This organization is rapidly moving away from desktop and laptop solutions into mobile or appbased solutions. Write 10 audit questions (1 to 2 pages total) using Microsoft® Word, that will help you establish the degree to which the organization is complying with IS objectives as defined by the CISM certification requirements focusing on IS governance and quality assurance. Provide sample answers. Emphasize areas where the technology change to mobile computing may introduce vulnerabilities to the IT environment. Submit your questions using the Assignment Files tab.

 


WEEK  2

 BSA 505 Week 2 Learning Team Assignment IT Audit Preparation Guide – Summary


Instructions: Reference: "Preplanning Specific Audits" section of Ch. 3, "Audit Process," of CISA®: Certified Information Systems Auditor Study Guide. Select an organization, perhaps one in which a team member is employed, or use the holographic social networking organization. Details of the holographic organization may be extrapolated from published articles related to publicly traded social networking companies and public enforcement actions. Prepare a 90- to 175-word summary using Microsoft® Word that addresses the following:   

  • What are the audit program objectives, scope, and criteria? Consider associated law, regulation, or internal direction or policy
  • What are the key aspects and indicators of information security governance?
  • What are the key goal, performance, and risk indicators? Include a statement of the probable scope of the audit and the scope of the audit preparation covered by this guide. Note: Audit quality control indicates that early drafts will be improved as new information and considerations are integrated. Submit the summary using the Assignment Files tab


 BSA 505 Week 2 Individual Assignment Audit Planning

 

Instructions: Reference: "Preplanning Specific Audits" section of Ch. 3, "Audit Process," of CISA®: Certified Information Systems Auditor Study Guide. Create a 1-page chart in Excel® that depicts the steps and actions that are needed to prepare an audit plan (see example below). Step Action 1

 

Include a 1-page brief that identifies steps that are most difficult to conduct when preparing for an audit. Submit your assignment using the Assignment Files tab. 

 

 

WEEK  3

BSA 505 Week 3 Learning Team Assignment IT Audit Preparation Guide – Presentation


Instructions: Continuing work on the IT Audit Preparation Guide, prepare a 6- to 8slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation that addresses the following points included in your guide:   

  • Evidence tracking
  • Internal controls to include information security processes and procedures
  • Information system security controls

 

 
BSA 505 Week 3 Individual Assignment Evidence Gathering

 
Instructions: Reference: "Gathering Audit Evidence" section of Ch. 3, "Audit Process," of CISA®: Certified Information Systems Auditor Study Guide; and Ch. 36, "Preventing and Investigating Information Technology Fraud," of Auditor's Guide to IT Auditing. As part of your internship, you will be asked to collect any IS/IT evidence in an incident. You must exercise due care when gathering evidence. The senior auditor you are working with has asked you several questions related to this process:   

  • What are the categories of audit standards you will use?
  • What will you do when you gather evidence of an incident?  
  • Why do you need to know the positions of duties of IS/IT employees as well as managers in terms of evidence collection?
  • How will you grade evidence?
  • Why does the audit process consider fraud?
  • What are internal controls? Prepare a 1- to 2-page memo in Microsoft® Word to the senior auditor you're working with to briefly answer each question. Include a definition of what an information technology assurance framework is and how it relates to recognizing and gathering evidence Submit your memo using the Assignment Files tab.

 

WEEK  4

BSA 505 Week 4 Individual Assignment Audit Preparation Reporting – Memo


Instructions: Reference: Ch. 10, "Audit Reporting Follow-up," of Auditor's Guide to IT Auditing. Prepare a 175- to 260-word memo to the CEO of a company in Microsoft® Word addressing audit preparation reporting. Audit preparation reporting is used to familiarize management with audit reporting practices. Include how the reporting of any findings are presented in a style that is likely to be used by an independent audit team. Submit your memo using the Assignment Files tab.

 

 

BSA 505 Week 4 Individual Assignment Audit Reporting

 

Instructions: Scenario: As a significant learning experience in your internship with an IT/IS audit firm, the senior auditor with whom you are working has asked you to design the audit presentation and report for clients in both groups: top management executives and lower level staffs in the organization. Prepare a 2- to 3-page memo to the senior auditor in Microsoft® Word discussing how you would provide the information to the clients in both groups. Select either interim report or closing conference report. They may be either written or verbal. Provide the logic for your selection and to what group in the organization you will first present the audit findings. Include your logic for presenting to this group first. Discuss the major characteristics of your detailed audit finding report and how you would distribute the report to each group. Submit your memo using the Assignment Files tab.

 

 

 

WEEK  5

BSA 505 Week 5 Learning Team Assignment IT Audit Preparation Guide – Audit Log

 

Instructions: Create a 1-page Audit Log for software bugs in Excel® that depicts each bug and the action taken. Place 3 examples in the log of bugs depicted in the readings. Indicate if a security warning notice was issued (see example below).

Software Bug Action

Write a 1-page description in Microsoft® Word of security warning notices and how this becomes part of the audit trail.  Submit the assignment using the Assignment Files tab.

 

BSA 505 Week 5 Learning Team Assignment Role Clarification

 

Instructions: Reference: "Auditor Is an Executive Position" and "Exam Essentials" sections of Ch. 1, "Secrets of a Successful Auditor," of CISA®: Certified Information Systems Auditor Study Guide. Scenario: During the early stages of preparing for an IT audit, you have the impression that the organization's CEO believes you are working for her and will support her insights into IT operations. The organization's audit committee assumes that the IT auditors will be independent and audit the organization against recognized best practices, applicable laws, regulations, and standards. Prepare a 6- to 8-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation designed to educate the CEO on the proper role of an IT audit. It should reflect your own appraisal of the role of an IT auditor. Include an overview of some applicable best practices or standards, applicable laws, and regulations. Emphasize the independent nature of the IT audit and include some ISACA key IT audit tasks and application of knowledge statements. Highlight the evaluation process that the auditor must use to conduct an effective audit. Include speaker notes throughout the presentation. Note: the role of the audit committee in providing guidance to the IT audit. Submit your presentation using the Assignment Files tab.

 

WEEK  6

 

BSA 505 Week 6 Learning Team Assignment IT Audit Preparation Guide

 

Instructions: Based on your Learning Team activities in Weeks Two, Three, and Five, compile the Audit Preparation Guide using Microsoft® Word. Include a 1/2-page introduction to the guide. Prior Week assignments to be compiled include: Week Two: A 90- to 175-word summary using Microsoft® Word addressing the following:   

  • What are the audit program objectives, scope, and criteria? Consider associated law, regulation, or internal direction or policy
  • What are the key aspects and indicators of information security governance?
  • What are the key goal, performance, and risk indicators? Week Three: Convert the 6- to 8-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® addressing the following points into an outline in Microsoft® Word:
  • Evidence tracking
  • Internal controls to include information security processes and procedures
  • Information system security controls Week Five: A 1-page Audit Log for software bugs in Excel® depicting each bug and the action taken, and a 1-page description in Microsoft® Word of security warning notices and how this becomes part of the audit trail. Submit the assignment using the Assignment Files tab.

 

BSA 505 Week 6 Individual Assignment Control Self-Assessment

 

Instructions: Scenario: Your manager is concerned that IT/IS internal controls are not being owned by appropriate functional operators and managers. The concern is that employees do not feel accountable and are not working to find control weaknesses and improve the controls. Your manager has heard about control self-assessments (CSAs) and has asked you how CSA is implemented as well as the expected effect from a successful CSA program. Prepare a 12- to 14-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation to answer the manager's questions. This presentation should be prepared for senior executive management, because your manager will likely ask you to present it to them. Include a title slide, a reference slide, and a script in each slide's speaker's notes. Submit your presentation using the Assignment Files tab.

 

 

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