Practitioners charged with effective governance of information and technology have a tremendous new resource to draw upon with a significant refresh to the COBIT framework. Today, the first two books of COBIT 2019 have been released, with additional publications to follow later this year.
I could go on for hours about the elements of COBIT 2019 that I believe will be well-received by our passionate global community of COBIT users (and considering I am one of those passionate COBIT users, if I catch you in person at an ISACA event, I might just do so). For the purposes of this blog post, I will put forward a list of five aspects of COBIT 2019 that I consider especially appealing.
For many organizations to have an effective cyber culture, they must also have a mature cyber culture. A recent cybersecurity culture study conducted by ISACA and CMMI Institute found that only 5 percent of organizations believe no gap exists between their current and desired cybersecurity culture. A full third see a significant gap. That’s why I found it so valuable to sit down with cybersecurity leaders across the public, private and non-profit sectors to have a discussion in the UK last week about cyber maturity, what it means to people and how we can help organizations value being more prepared.
Editor’s note: The ISACA Now series titled “Faces of ISACA” highlights the contributions of members of ISACA’s global professional community, as well as providing a sense of their lives outside of work. Today, we spotlight Kyla Guru, a leader in spreading cybersecurity awareness among young people and an active proponent of ISACA’s SheLeadsTech program.
Kyla Guru is in a hurry to make her presence felt in the cybersecurity field.
While many of her fellow teenagers still are figuring out what they want to pursue in college – or if they want to go to college at all – Guru already is spreading cybersecurity awareness as founder of Bits N’Bytes Cybersecurity, which lists as its goal to immerse the youngest members of society in cybersecurity concepts.
Tim Mason, ISACA Chief Experience Officer and SVP, Operations, and a six-year member of ISACA’s executive leadership, passed away unexpectedly on 31 October. As members of ISACA’s professional community, we extend our condolences to Tim’s family.
Tim’s leadership and his commitment to incredible member and customer experiences are the cornerstone of his very successful professional career. What I will recall as his most high-impact contribution to ISACA is Tim’s work with me in 2015 to define our organizational Values as well as our Purpose and Promise, centered on helping practitioners and their enterprises realize the positive potential of technology. Both were unanimously approved by the ISACA Board of Directors, and together with our Values they form the foundation for our ongoing transformation to an organizational culture of ONE. These are not just words on a wall. From this foundation, and driven by Tim’s leadership experience and energy, the ISACA community has benefitted from a wellspring of new capabilities and offerings. These include sophisticated digital marketing and analytics, an accredited training organization program, online learning and webinars, a heightened focus on product management, and a customer experience center, to name only a few. Our members and customers have seen, felt and experienced the incredible difference Tim brought to the workplace, and around the world, every day.
Editor’s note: The ISACA Now blog is featuring a series of posts on the topic of election data integrity. ISACA Now previously published a US perspective and UK perspective on the topic. Today, we publish a post from Laszlo Dellei, providing an EU perspective.
Brexit and the 2016 US presidential election showed that microtargeting voters to deliver them certain political messages may gradually alter voters’ decisions. While less publicized, concerns related to election data integrity also exist throughout the EU. The European Parliament has conducted several public hearings on this topic and the Commission is supporting Member States to secure their local and national elections, as well as their citizens’ participation in EU elections.
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