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Chapter 8. Practice Exam 1

Chapter 8. Practice Exam 1

1.The traditional role of an IS auditor in a control self-assessment (CSA) should be that of a(n):


2.What is the primary objective of a control self-assessment (CSA) program?

A.Enhancement of the audit responsibility
B.Elimination of the audit responsibility
C.Replacement of the audit responsibility
D.Integrity of the audit responsibility

3.IS auditors are MOST likely to perform compliance tests of internal controls if, after their initial evaluation of the controls, they conclude that control risks are within the acceptable limits. True or false?


4.As compared to understanding an organization’s IT process from evidence directly collected, how valuable are prior audit reports as evidence?

A.The same value.
B.Greater value.
C.Lesser value.
D.Prior audit reports are not relevant.

5.What is the PRIMARY purpose of audit trails?

A.To document auditing efforts
B.To correct data integrity errors
C.To establish accountability and responsibility for processed transactions
D.To prevent unauthorized access to data

6.How does the process of systems auditing benefit from using a risk-based approach to audit planning?

A.Controls testing starts earlier.
B.Auditing resources are allocated to the areas of highest concern.
C.Auditing risk is reduced.
D.Controls testing is more thorough.

7.After an IS auditor has identified threats and potential impacts, the auditor should:

A.Identify and evaluate the existing controls
B.Conduct a business impact analysis (BIA)
C.Report on existing controls
D.Propose new controls

8.The use of statistical sampling procedures helps minimize:

A.Detection risk
B.Business risk
C.Controls risk
D.Compliance risk

9.What type of risk results when an IS auditor uses an inadequate test procedure and concludes that material errors do not exist when errors actually exist?

A.Business risk
B.Detection risk
C.Residual risk
D.Inherent risk

10.A primary benefit derived from an organization employing control self-assessment (CSA) techniques is that it can:

A.Identify high-risk areas that might need a detailed review later
B.Reduce audit costs
C.Reduce audit time
D.Increase audit accuracy

11.What type of approach to the development of organizational policies is often driven by risk assessment?


12.Who is accountable for maintaining appropriate security measures over information assets?

A.Data and systems owners
B.Data and systems users
C.Data and systems custodians
D.Data and systems auditors

13.Proper segregation of duties prohibits a system analyst from performing quality-assurance functions. True or false?


14.What should an IS auditor do if he or she observes that project-approval procedures do not exist?

A.Advise senior management to invest in project-management training for the staff
B.Create project-approval procedures for future project implementations
C.Assign project leaders
D.Recommend to management that formal approval procedures be adopted and documented

15.Who is ultimately accountable for the development of an IS security policy?

A.The board of directors
B.Middle management
C.Security administrators
D.Network administrators

16.Proper segregation of duties normally does not prohibit a LAN administrator from also having programming responsibilities. True or false?


17.A core tenant of an IS strategy is that it must:

A.Be inexpensive
B.Be protected as sensitive confidential information
C.Protect information confidentiality, integrity, and availability
D.Support the business objectives of the organization

18.Batch control reconciliation is a _____________________ (fill in the blank) control for mitigating risk of inadequate segregation of duties.


19.Key verification is one of the best controls for ensuring that:

A.Data is entered correctly
B.Only authorized cryptographic keys are used
C.Input is authorized
D.Database indexing is performed properly

20.If senior management is not committed to strategic planning, how likely is it that a company’s implementation of IT will be successful?

A.IT cannot be implemented if senior management is not committed to strategic planning.
B.More likely.
C.Less likely.
D.Strategic planning does not affect the success of a company’s implementation of IT.

21.Which of the following could lead to an unintentional loss of confidentiality? Choose the BEST answer.

A.Lack of employee awareness of a company’s information security policy
B.Failure to comply with a company’s information security policy
C.A momentary lapse of reason
D.Lack of security policy enforcement procedures

22.What topology provides the greatest redundancy of routes and the greatest network fault tolerance?

A.A star network topology
B.A mesh network topology with packet forwarding enabled at each host
C.A bus network topology
D.A ring network topology

23.An IS auditor usually places more reliance on evidence directly collected. What is an example of such evidence?

A.Evidence collected through personal observation
B.Evidence collected through systems logs provided by the organization’s security administration
C.Evidence collected through surveys collected from internal staff
D.Evidence collected through transaction reports provided by the organization’s IT administration

24.What kind of protocols does the OSI Transport Layer of the TCP/IP protocol suite provide to ensure reliable communication?

A.Non–connection-oriented protocols
B.Connection-oriented protocols
C.Session-oriented protocols
D.Non–session-oriented protocols

25.How is the time required for transaction processing review usually affected by properly implemented Electronic Data Interface (EDI)?

A.EDI usually decreases the time necessary for review.
B.EDI usually increases the time necessary for review.
C.Cannot be determined.
D.EDI does not affect the time necessary for review.

26.What would an IS auditor expect to find in the console log? Choose the BEST answer.

A.Evidence of password spoofing
B.System errors
C.Evidence of data copy activities
D.Evidence of password sharing

27.Atomicity enforces data integrity by ensuring that a transaction is either completed in its entirely or not at all. Atomicity is part of the ACID test reference for transaction processing. True or false?


28.Why does the IS auditor often review the system logs?

A.To get evidence of password spoofing
B.To get evidence of data copy activities
C.To determine the existence of unauthorized access to data by a user or program
D.To get evidence of password sharing

29.What is essential for the IS auditor to obtain a clear understanding of network management?

A.Security administrator access to systems
B.Systems logs of all hosts providing application services
C.A graphical map of the network topology
D.Administrator access to systems

30.How is risk affected if users have direct access to a database at the system level?

A.Risk of unauthorized access increases, but risk of untraceable changes to the database decreases.
B.Risk of unauthorized and untraceable changes to the database increases.
C.Risk of unauthorized access decreases, but risk of untraceable changes to the database increases.
D.Risk of unauthorized and untraceable changes to the database decreases.

31.What is the most common purpose of a virtual private network implementation?

A.A virtual private network (VPN) helps to secure access between an enterprise and its partners when communicating over an otherwise unsecured channel such as the Internet.
B.A virtual private network (VPN) helps to secure access between an enterprise and its partners when communicating over a dedicated T1 connection.
C.A virtual private network (VPN) helps to secure access within an enterprise when communicating over a dedicated T1 connection between network segments within the same facility.
D.A virtual private network (VPN) helps to secure access between an enterprise and its partners when communicating over a wireless connection.

32.What benefit does using capacity-monitoring software to monitor usage patterns and trends provide to management? Choose the BEST answer.

A.The software can dynamically readjust network traffic capabilities based upon current usage.
B.The software produces nice reports that really impress management.
C.It allows users to properly allocate resources and ensure continuous efficiency of operations.
D.It allows management to properly allocate resources and ensure continuous efficiency of operations.

33.What can be very helpful to an IS auditor when determining the efficacy of a systems maintenance program? Choose the BEST answer.

A.Network-monitoring software
B.A system downtime log
C.Administration activity reports
D.Help-desk utilization trend reports

34.What are used as a countermeasure for potential database corruption when two processes attempt to simultaneously edit or update the same information? Choose the BEST answer.

A.Referential integrity controls
B.Normalization controls
C.Concurrency controls
D.Run-to-run totals

35.What increases encryption overhead and cost the most?

A.A long symmetric encryption key
B.A long asymmetric encryption key
C.A long Advance Encryption Standard (AES) key
D.A long Data Encryption Standard (DES) key

36.Which of the following best characterizes “worms”?

A.Malicious programs that can run independently and can propagate without the aid of a carrier program such as email
B.Programming code errors that cause a program to repeatedly dump data
C.Malicious programs that require the aid of a carrier program such as email
D.Malicious programs that masquerade as common applications such as screensavers or macro-enabled Word documents

37.What is an initial step in creating a proper firewall policy?

A.Assigning access to users according to the principle of least privilege
B.Determining appropriate firewall hardware and software
C.Identifying network applications such as mail, web, or FTP servers
D.Configuring firewall access rules

38.What type of cryptosystem is characterized by data being encrypted by the sender using the recipient’s public key, and the data then being decrypted using the recipient’s private key?

A.With public-key encryption, or symmetric encryption
B.With public-key encryption, or asymmetric encryption
C.With shared-key encryption, or symmetric encryption
D.With shared-key encryption, or asymmetric encryption

39.How does the SSL network protocol provide confidentiality?

A.Through symmetric encryption such as RSA
B.Through asymmetric encryption such as Data Encryption Standard, or DES
C.Through asymmetric encryption such as Advanced Encryption Standard, or AES
D.Through symmetric encryption such as Data Encryption Standard, or DES

40.What are used as the framework for developing logical access controls?

A.Information systems security policies
B.Organizational security policies
C.Access Control Lists (ACL)
D.Organizational charts for identifying roles and responsibilities

41.Which of the following are effective controls for detecting duplicate transactions such as payments made or received?

A.Concurrency controls
B.Reasonableness checks
C.Time stamps
D.Referential integrity controls

42.Which of the following is a good control for protecting confidential data residing on a PC?

A.Personal firewall
B.File encapsulation
C.File encryption
D.Host-based intrusion detection

43.Which of the following is a guiding best practice for implementing logical access controls?

A.Implementing the Biba Integrity Model
B.Access is granted on a least-privilege basis, per the organization’s data owners
C.Implementing the Take-Grant access control model
D.Classifying data according to the subject’s requirements

44.What does PKI use to provide some of the strongest overall control over data confidentiality, reliability, and integrity for Internet transactions?

A.A combination of public-key cryptography and digital certificates and two-factor authentication
B.A combination of public-key cryptography and two-factor authentication
C.A combination of public-key cryptography and digital certificates
D.A combination of digital certificates and two-factor authentication

45.Which of the following do digital signatures provide?

A.Authentication and integrity of data
B.Authentication and confidentiality of data
C.Confidentiality and integrity of data
D.Authentication and availability of data

46.Regarding digital signature implementation, which of the following answers is correct?

A.A digital signature is created by the sender to prove message integrity by encrypting the message with the sender’s private key. Upon receiving the data, the recipient can decrypt the data using the sender’s public key.
B.A digital signature is created by the sender to prove message integrity by encrypting the message with the recipient’s public key. Upon receiving the data, the recipient can decrypt the data using the recipient’s public key.
C.A digital signature is created by the sender to prove message integrity by initially using a hashing algorithm to produce a hash value or message digest from the entire message contents. Upon receiving the data, the recipient can independently create it.
D.A digital signature is created by the sender to prove message integrity by encrypting the message with the sender’s public key. Upon receiving the data, the recipient can decrypt the data using the recipient’s private key.

47.Which of the following would provide the highest degree of server access control?

A.A mantrap-monitored entryway to the server room
B.Host-based intrusion detection combined with CCTV
C.Network-based intrusion detection
D.A fingerprint scanner facilitating biometric access control

48.What are often the primary safeguards for systems software and data?

A.Administrative access controls
B.Logical access controls
C.Physical access controls
D.Detective access controls

49.Which of the following is often used as a detection and deterrent control against Internet attacks?


50.Which of the following BEST characterizes a mantrap or deadman door, which is used as a deterrent control for the vulnerability of piggybacking?

A.A monitored double-doorway entry system
B.A monitored turnstile entry system
C.A monitored doorway entry system
D.A one-way door that does not allow exit after entry

51.Which of the following is an effective method for controlling downloading of files via FTP? Choose the BEST answer.

A.An application-layer gateway, or proxy firewall, but not stateful inspection firewalls
B.An application-layer gateway, or proxy firewall
C.A circuit-level gateway
D.A first-generation packet-filtering firewall

52.Which of the following provides the strongest authentication for physical access control?

A.Sign-in logs
B.Dynamic passwords
C.Key verification

53.What is an effective countermeasure for the vulnerability of data entry operators potentially leaving their computers without logging off? Choose the BEST answer.

A.Employee security awareness training
B.Administrator alerts
C.Screensaver passwords
D.Close supervision

54.What can ISPs use to implement inbound traffic filtering as a control to identify IP packets transmitted from unauthorized sources? Choose the BEST answer.

A.OSI Layer 2 switches with packet filtering enabled
B.Virtual Private Networks
C.Access Control Lists (ACL)
D.Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol

55.What is the key distinction between encryption and hashing algorithms?

A.Hashing algorithms ensure data confidentiality.
B.Hashing algorithms are irreversible.
C.Encryption algorithms ensure data integrity.
D.Encryption algorithms are not irreversible.

56.Which of the following is BEST characterized by unauthorized modification of data before or during systems data entry?

A.Data diddling
C.Data corruption
D.Salami attack

57.Which of the following is used to evaluate biometric access controls?


58.Who is ultimately responsible and accountable for reviewing user access to systems?

A.Systems security administrators
B.Data custodians
C.Data owners
D.Information systems auditors

59.Establishing data ownership is an important first step for which of the following processes? Choose the BEST answer.

A.Assigning user access privileges
B.Developing organizational security policies
C.Creating roles and responsibilities
D.Classifying data

60.Which of the following is MOST is critical during the business impact assessment phase of business continuity planning?

A.End-user involvement
B.Senior management involvement
C.Security administration involvement
D.IS auditing involvement

61.What type of BCP test uses actual resources to simulate a system crash and validate the plan’s effectiveness?


62.Which of the following typically focuses on making alternative processes and resources available for transaction processing?

A.Cold-site facilities
B.Disaster recovery for networks
C.Diverse processing
D.Disaster recovery for systems

63.Which type of major BCP test only requires representatives from each operational area to meet to review the plan?


64.What influences decisions regarding criticality of assets?

A.The business criticality of the data to be protected
B.Internal corporate politics
C.The business criticality of the data to be protected, and the scope of the impact upon the organization as a whole
D.The business impact analysis

65.Of the three major types of off-site processing facilities, what type is characterized by at least providing for electricity and HVAC?

A.Cold site
B.Alternate site
C.Hot site
D.Warm site

66.With the objective of mitigating the risk and impact of a major business interruption, a disaster-recovery plan should endeavor to reduce the length of recovery time necessary, as well as costs associated with recovery. Although DRP results in an increase of pre- and post-incident operational costs, the extra costs are more than offset by reduced recovery and business impact costs. True or false?


67.Of the three major types of off-site processing facilities, what type is often an acceptable solution for preparing for recovery of noncritical systems and data?

A.Cold site
B.Hot site
C.Alternate site
D.Warm site

68.Any changes in systems assets, such as replacement of hardware, should be immediately recorded within the assets inventory of which of the following? Choose the BEST answer.

A.IT strategic plan
B.Business continuity plan
C.Business impact analysis
D.Incident response plan

69.Although BCP and DRP are often implemented and tested by middle management and end users, the ultimate responsibility and accountability for the plans remain with executive management, such as the _______________. (fill-in-the-blank)

A.Security administrator
B.Systems auditor
C.Board of directors
D.Financial auditor

70.Obtaining user approval of program changes is very effective for controlling application changes and maintenance. True or false?


71.Library control software restricts source code to:

A.Read-only access
B.Write-only access
C.Full access
D.Read-write access

72.When is regression testing used to determine whether new application changes have introduced any errors in the remaining unchanged code?

A.In program development and change management
B.In program feasibility studies
C.In program development
D.In change management

73.What is often the most difficult part of initial efforts in application development? Choose the BEST answer.

A.Configuring software
B.Planning security
C.Determining time and resource requirements
D.Configuring hardware

74.What is a primary high-level goal for an auditor who is reviewing a system development project?

A.To ensure that programming and processing environments are segregated
B.To ensure that proper approval for the project has been obtained
C.To ensure that business objectives are achieved
D.To ensure that projects are monitored and administrated effectively

75.Whenever an application is modified, what should be tested to determine the full impact of the change? Choose the BEST answer.

A.Interface systems with other applications or systems
B.The entire program, including any interface systems with other applications or systems
C.All programs, including interface systems with other applications or systems
D.Mission-critical functions and any interface systems with other applications or systems

76.The quality of the metadata produced from a data warehouse is _______________ in the warehouse’s design. Choose the BEST answer.

A.Often hard to determine because the data is derived from a heterogeneous data environment
B.The most important consideration
C.Independent of the quality of the warehoused databases
D.Of secondary importance to data warehouse content

77.Function Point Analysis (FPA) provides an estimate of the size of an information system based only on the number and complexity of a system’s inputs and outputs. True or false?


78.Who assumes ownership of a systems-development project and the resulting system?

A.User management
B.Project steering committee
C.IT management
D.Systems developers

79.If an IS auditor observes that individual modules of a system perform correctly in development project tests, the auditor should inform management of the positive results and recommend further:

A.Documentation development
B.Comprehensive integration testing
C.Full unit testing
D.Full regression testing

80.When participating in a systems-development project, an IS auditor should focus on system controls rather than ensuring that adequate and complete documentation exists for all projects. True or false?


81.What is a reliable technique for estimating the scope and cost of a software-development project?

A.Function point analysis (FPA)
B.Feature point analysis (FPA)

82.Which of the following is a program evaluation review technique that considers different scenarios for planning and control projects?

A.Function Point Analysis (FPA)
C.Rapid Application Development (RAD)

83.If an IS auditor observes that an IS department fails to use formal documented methodologies, policies, and standards, what should the auditor do? Choose the BEST answer.

A.Lack of IT documentation is not usually material to the controls tested in an IT audit.
B.The auditor should at least document the informal standards and policies. Furthermore, the IS auditor should create formal documented policies to be implemented.
C.The auditor should at least document the informal standards and policies, and test for compliance. Furthermore, the IS auditor should recommend to management that formal documented policies be developed and implemented.
D.The auditor should at least document the informal standards and policies, and test for compliance. Furthermore, the IS auditor should create formal documented policies to be implemented.

84.What often results in project scope creep when functional requirements are not defined as well as they could be?

A.Inadequate software baselining
B.Insufficient strategic planning
C.Inaccurate resource allocation
D.Project delays

85.Fourth-Generation Languages (4GLs) are most appropriate for designing the application’s graphical user interface (GUI). They are inappropriate for designing any intensive data-calculation procedures. True or false?


86.Run-to-run totals can verify data through which stage(s) of application processing?


87.________________ (fill in the blank) is/are are ultimately accountable for the functionality, reliability, and security within IT governance. Choose the BEST answer.

A.Data custodians
B.The board of directors and executive officers
C.IT security administration
D.Business unit managers

88.What can be used to help identify and investigate unauthorized transactions? Choose the BEST answer.

A.Postmortem review
B.Reasonableness checks
C.Data-mining techniques
D.Expert systems

89.Network environments often add to the complexity of program-to-program communication, making the implementation and maintenance of application systems more difficult. True or false?


90.______________ risk analysis is not always possible because the IS auditor is attempting to calculate risk using nonquantifiable threats and potential losses. In this event, a _______________ risk assessment is more appropriate. Fill in the blanks.

A.Quantitative; qualitative
B.Qualitative; quantitative
C.Residual; subjective
D.Quantitative; subjective

91.What must an IS auditor understand before performing an application audit? Choose the BEST answer.

A.The potential business impact of application risks.
B.Application risks must first be identified.
C.Relative business processes.
D.Relevant application risks.

92.What is the first step in a business process re-engineering project?

A.Identifying current business processes
B.Forming a BPR steering committee
C.Defining the scope of areas to be reviewed
D.Reviewing the organizational strategic plan

93.When storing data archives off-site, what must be done with the data to ensure data completeness?

A.The data must be normalized.
B.The data must be validated.
C.The data must be parallel-tested.
D.The data must be synchronized.

94.Which of the following can help detect transmission errors by appending specially calculated bits onto the end of each segment of data?

A.Redundancy check
B.Completeness check
C.Accuracy check
D.Parity check

95.What is an edit check to determine whether a field contains valid data?

A.Completeness check
B.Accuracy check
C.Redundancy check
D.Reasonableness check

96.A transaction journal provides the information necessary for detecting unauthorized _____________ (fill in the blank) from a terminal.


97.An intentional or unintentional disclosure of a password is likely to be evident within control logs. True or false?


98.When are benchmarking partners identified within the benchmarking process?

A.In the design stage
B.In the testing stage
C.In the research stage
D.In the development stage

99.A check digit is an effective edit check to:

A.Detect data-transcription errors
B.Detect data-transposition and transcription errors
C.Detect data-transposition, transcription, and substitution errors
D.Detect data-transposition errors

100.Parity bits are a control used to validate:

A.Data authentication
B.Data completeness
C.Data source
D.Data accuracy


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