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AI6.1 - Change Standards and Procedures

This topic is intended to enable collaboration and sharing of information to facilitate a better understanding and approach to implementing this COBIT control objective based on the risk, value and guidance provided by its corresponding control practices.

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Change Standards and Procedures

Set up formal change management procedures to handle in a standardised manner all requests (including maintenance and patches) for changes to applications, procedures, processes, system and service parameters, and the underlying platforms.

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  • An agreed-upon and standardised approach for managing changes in an efficient and effective manner
  • Changes reviewed and approved in a consistent and co-ordinated way
  • Formally defined expectations and performance measurement
  Risk Drivers
  • Inappropriate resource allocation
  • No tracking of changes
  • Insufficient control over emergency changes
  • Increased likelihood of unauthorised changes being introduced to key business systems
  • Failure to comply with compliance requirements
  • Unauthorised changes
  • Reduced system availability

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  1. 1. Develop, document and promulgate a change management framework that specifies the policies and processes, including:
    • Roles and responsibilities
    • Classification and prioritisation of all changes based on business risk
    • Assessment of impact
    • Authorisation and approval of all changes by the business process owners and IT
    • Tracking and status of changes
    • Impact on data integrity (e.g., all changes to data files being made under system and application control rather than by direct user intervention)
  2. Establish and maintain version control over all changes.
  3. Implement roles and responsibilities that involve business process owners and appropriate technical IT functions. Ensure appropriate segregation of duties.
  4. Establish appropriate record management practices and audit trails to record key steps in the change management process. Ensure timely closure of changes. Elevate and report to management changes that are not closed in a timely fashion.
  5. Consider the impact of contracted services providers (e.g., of infrastructure, application development and shared services) on the change management process. Consider integration of organisational change management processes with change management processes of service providers. Consider the impact of the organisational change management process on contractual terms and SLAs.

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Hello guys. I'm starting a change mgt audit and looking for a COBIT standard for change management. One of my testing is to compare my organization's change management policy to COBIT standard to ensure adequacy and consistency. Can anyone suggest wher...
Oluwatosin572 | 3/1/2017 12:41:17 PM | COMMENTS(0)

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