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Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (2 March 2005)—According to a recent survey by the IT Governance Institute, 89 percent of respondents who use the international IT security and control framework Control Objectives for Information and related Technology® (COBIT®) are very or quite satisfied with it. To learn from COBIT users’ positive experiences as well as their problems, professionals who use or plan to use COBIT can attend ISACA’s third COBIT User Convention from 11-12 April 2005 in Brussels, Belgium, at the Radisson SAS Hotel.
Designed for IT executives; CIOs; assurance, compliance and control practitioners; and others who are using COBIT, the two-day event will discuss how COBIT is employed from assurance, governance and security perspectives. Erik Guldentops, professor at the University of Antwerp and chair of the COBIT Steering Committee, will present on COBIT strategy and COBIT products that can help an organization align its business and IT goals.
“To ensure that the business is enabled and value is returned to the enterprise, management must direct and control information technology,” Guldentops said. “COBIT addresses these objectives and helps management maintain a balance between managing risks and realizing benefits.”
In addition to presentations by COBIT experts, the convention features COBIT case studies from the Dutch National Audit Institute and Swiss Life, facilitated group discussions, and roundtable workshops where attendees can share their practical experiences with COBIT, explore solutions to their problems, provide ideas to influence the improvement and expansion of COBIT products, and learn about new COBIT initiatives.
“Information and the technology that supports it are among a company’s greatest assets,” said Georges Ataya, member of the IT Governance Institute Steering Committee and professor at the Solvay Business School in Brussels, where he launched an IT governance program using COBIT as a cornerstone. “COBIT helps ensure effective IT governance, which lowers risk and helps businesses gain a competitive advantage.”
Registration for the COBIT User Convention is US $1,100. A second person from the same company can attend for US $550. Attendees may earn up to 13 continuing professional education hours. Additional information on the convention is available at www.isaca.org/cobituserconvention.
Control Objectives for Information and related Technology® (COBIT®) (www.isaca.org/cobit) issued by the IT Governance Institute and now in its third edition, is internationally accepted as good practice for control over information, IT and related risks. COBIT is used to implement governance over IT and improve IT controls. It contains control objectives, audit guidelines, performance and outcome metrics, critical success factors and maturity models.
The IT Governance Institute® (ITGI) (www.itgi.org) was established in 1998 to advance international thinking and standards in directing and controlling an enterprise’s information technology. Effective IT governance helps ensure that IT supports business goals, optimizes business investment in IT, and appropriately manages IT-related risks and opportunities. The IT Governance Institute offers symposia, original research and case studies to assist enterprise leaders and boards of directors in their IT governance responsibilities.
With more than 35,000 members in more than 100 countries, ISACA® (www.isaca.org) is a recognized worldwide leader in IT governance, control, security and assurance. Founded in 1969, ISACA sponsors international conferences, publishes the Information Systems Control Journal®, develops international information systems auditing and control standards, and administers the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor™ (CISA®) designation, earned by more than 38,000 professionals since inception, and the Certified Information Security Manager® (CISM®) designation, a groundbreaking credential earned by 5,100 professionals in its first two years.
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