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Implementing an ISO-integrated Management System Using COBIT 5

By Opeyemi Onifade, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, COBIT Certified Assessor, CISSP, ISO 20000 Practitioner, ISO 27001 LA/LI, PRINCE2 (P)

COBIT Focus | 2 March 2015


The Central Bank of Nigeria issued a compliance document titled “Nigeria Financial Services IT Standards Blueprint” in May 2013. The blueprint, which includes time lines, is the main driver for the implementation of IT-related standards such as COBIT 5, ISO/IEC 27001:2013, ISO/IEC 20000:2011... Read More

COBIT and the CPA Firm, Part 2

By R. Curtis Thompson, CISA, CPA, CITP

COBIT Focus | 23 February 2015


Last year, part 1 of this article outlined how CPA firm Yount, Hyde & Barbour was using COBIT to help build processes to allow its IT department to better serve the enterprise’s needs. While progress has been slow, the firm has seen improvements due to its implementation efforts. Read More

A New Practical Guide On Information Systems Auditing

By John Beveridge, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, CFE

COBIT Focus | 16 February 2015


Information Systems Auditing: Tools and Techniques is a practical guide on how to write an information systems (IS) audit report. It assists IS auditors in preparing comprehensible, well-supported audit reports that comply with the requirements of the IS Audit and Assurance Standards and IS Audit and Assurance Guidelines published by ISACA. Read More

COBIT 5 Supports Cloud Computing Migration in the Brazilian Public Sector

By Wellington Evangelista and Joao Souza Neto, Ph.D., CGEIT, CRISC, COBIT Certified Assessor

COBIT Focus | 9 February 2015


Cloud computing has been seen by industry experts as able to revolutionize information technology, because it significantly changes the way IT is consumed and provided. Read More

Tips for Implementing and Sustaining Effective GEIT

By Okanlawon Zachy Olorunojowon, CISA, CGEIT, PMP

COBIT Focus | 2 February 2015


Okanlawon Zachy Olorunojowon For most organizations, the reality is setting in that alignment of IT and corporate strategies is no longer sufficient. Across various industries, banking, retail, energy, health care and other sectors, organizations are adopting and adapting IT governance frameworks, in particular COBIT 5. Read More

ISACA’s COBIT Conference Provides Training and Insights for All Levels of Expertise

By Debbie Lew, CISA, CRISC

COBIT Focus | 26 January 2015


Debbie Lew ISACA is hosting a first-of-its-kind conference devoted exclusively to COBIT. As noted in the recent IT Audit Benchmarking Survey, respondents cited COBIT as the most accepted industry framework on which IT audit risk assessments are based. Read More

Adopting COBIT 5 in a Government Entity

By Sean Atkinson, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, COBIT 5 Foundation, CCSA, CEH, CFE, CISSP, CRMA, CSM, GCIH, N+, PMP, SCTS, Sec+, and Roger F. Aucoin, COBIT 5 Foundation, PMP

COBIT Focus | 19 January 2015


Sean Atkinson Roger F. Aucoin Imagine being on the ground floor of a new government agency in the United States, first conceived in 1994 and implemented in 2012, with the initial responsibility of developing an information system that would eventually process well over US $1 billion in payments monthly, produce enterprisewide reporting, be implemented as Software as a Service (SaaS) to more than 85,000 users in 72 external agencies and by more than 100,000 vendors. Read More

Using COBIT 5 to Deliver Information and Data Governance

By Myles Suer, ITIL, and Roger Nolan

COBIT Focus | 12 January 2015


Myles Suer Roger Nolan COBIT 5 provides guidance for IT practitioners and business leaders regarding the governance and management of data and information. COBIT 5 starts by providing an overarching set of business recommendations. Read More


COBIT 5 Applied to the Argentine Digital Accounting System

By Graciela Braga, CGEIT, CPA

COBIT Focus | 5 January 2015 Spanish


Graciela Braga In Argentina, the Code of Commerce establishes common obligations for businesses: All businesses are obliged to keep accounts and a description of their transactions. Satisfying the current regulatory requirements created a need to identify an IT management and governance framework such as COBIT 5. Read More

Bridging the Governance Gap in Japan With COBIT 5

By Katsumi Sakagawa, CISA, CRISC, and Hiroyuki Yonekawa, CISA

COBIT Focus | 29 December 2014


Katsumi Sakagawa Hiroyuki Yonekawa Since the evolution of COBIT 5 in 2012 and its resultant widespread use, many companies across the globe have adopted it as the primary business framework for the governance and management of enterprise IT (GEIT).

In Japan, there is a fundamental concern over the deliberation to agree upon and adopt corporate governance standards. Read More

COBIT 5 Market Guidance: What Next?

By Sushil Chatterji, CGEIT, CEA, CMC, MBM

COBIT Focus | 22 December 2014


Sushil Chatterji What are the next steps for COBIT 5 guidance? What do users want? What do they need?

In August/September 2014, ISACA undertook a market survey under the direction of the Framework Committee (FC) to identify what guidance COBIT 5 users most need to help them obtain maximum value from their use of the COBIT 5 framework. Read More

New and Improved: An Updated Guide to IT Control Objectives for Sarbanes-Oxley

By Gary Bannister, CGEIT, CGMA, FCMA, and Roger Debreceny, Ph.D., CGEIT, FCPA

COBIT Focus | 15 December 2014


Gary BannisterRoger Debreceny It has been 8 years since the publication of IT Control Objectives for Sarbanes-Oxley Guide, 2nd Edition and 12 years since the passage of the US Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Read More



Seven Tips for the Successful Improvement of GEIT

By Alain Bonneaud, CGEIT, COBIT 5 Certified Assessor, DPSM, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 20000, ITIL Expert

COBIT Focus | 8 December 2014


Alain BonneaudImproving governance of enterprise IT (GEIT) is key to the success of the enterprise. Creating value is the objective and is based on adapting the seven enablers described in COBIT 5. Read More



4 Steps to Integrate IT and Corporate Governance

By Rodrigo de Grazia Bacha Estevam, PMP, and Joao Souza Neto, Ph.D., CGEIT, CRISC, COBIT Certified Assessor

COBIT Focus | 1 December 2014


Rodrigo de Grazia Bacha EstevamJoao Souza NetoIn October 2012, the Brazilian Court of Audit (TCU) conducted a survey involving 337 public institutions, and found that in most of the organizations, corporate governance did not include IT governance under its jurisdiction, granting a worrisome autonomy to the IT department. Read More


Creating Value With COBIT 5 at a Tokio Marine Group Company

By Yuichi (Rich) Inaba, CISA

COBIT Focus | 24 November 2014 Japanese


Yuichi (Rich) Inaba Tokio Marine & Nichido Systems (TMN Systems) recently implemented a governance, risk and compliance ( GRC) system based on COBIT 5, which enables the organization to create significant value for its stakeholders as well as optimize risk and resources for value creation. Read More


COBIT 5 Advantages for Small Enterprises

By Luke Milner

COBIT Focus | 17 November 2014


Luke MilnerTaking the first step towards implementing COBIT 5 in an organisation can be daunting, especially for smaller businesses with few resources. To be fair, it is a large body of work and could well be the first formalised framework with which the organisation engages. Read More


Five Tips on Using COBIT 5 Effectively


COBIT Focus | 10 November 2014


Peter T. DavisWhile facilitating COBIT 5 courses, I have discovered that many students believe that one should take the framework, commence on page one and work through to the last page. I once had a student tell me she wanted to learn how to implement all the processes according to COBIT and was very disappointed when she learned she would not be doing that. Read More


Stakeholder Needs in City Planning


COBIT Focus | 3 November 2014 French | Spanish


Avinash KadamCity planners today have the daunting task of managing ever-expanding cities with burgeoning populations that put heavy demands on infrastructure. Stakeholders are impatient as basic civic facilities rarely meet expectations. Read More


The Certified Assessor Experience: Satish Kini

By Satish Kini

COBIT Focus | 27 October 2014


Satish KiniSatish Kini, CRISC, an India-based IT governance consultant, recently became a COBIT Certified Assessor. He is the second professional in India to achieve this credential. Kini runs his own firm called Firstbest Consultants Pvt. Ltd., which offers IT governance consulting. He is also a member of the ISACA Bangalore (India) Chapter’s board of directors. Read More


COBIT 5’s Flexibility Key to Success

By Mark Thomas, CGEIT

COBIT Focus | 20 October 2014 Portuguese | Turkish


Mark ThomasNine executives (including the author) were in a conference room, when the vice president of IT operations stated that due to recent issues within the organization, they should be looking at a governance-focused framework called COBIT. The remaining eight executives stared at him blankly. Read More


The Failed Vasa: COBIT 5 Governance and the Seven Enablers (Part 3)

By William C. Brown, Ph.D., CISA, CPA

COBIT Focus | 13 October 2014


William C. BrownOn 10 August 1628, the Vasa, among the most expensive ships of the era, sailed on her maiden voyage and within minutes sank below the waves in the Stockholm (Sweden) harbor. This is the third of a three-part series that illustrates Vasa’s stakeholder drivers, benefits, risk, costs, enterprise goals and, ultimately, enabler failures, all of which provide context for the seven COBIT 5 enablers. Read More

Managing the Risk Portfolio Using COBIT 5

By Steven Babb, CGEIT, CRISC, ITIL

COBIT Focus | 6 October 2014


Steven BabbRisk scenario analysis is an important component of enterprise risk management (ERM). This technique is a powerful tool because it helps describe risk in terms that are easier for business leaders to understand. ISACA recently issued Risk Scenarios Using COBIT 5 for Risk to provide guidance to professionals who are responsible for helping the enterprise manage its risk portfolio. Read More

The Failed Vasa: COBIT 5, Technology-related Goals and the New Process Model (Part 2)

By William C. Brown, Ph.D., CISA, CPA

COBIT Focus | 29 September 2014


William C. BrownOn 10 August 1628, the Vasa, among the most expensive ships of the era, sailed on her maiden voyage and, within minutes, sank below the waves in the Stockholm (Sweden) harbor. The second article of a three-part series that illustrates Vasa’s stakeholder drivers, benefits, risk factors, costs, enterprise goals and, ultimately, enabler goals—all of which provide context for the seven COBIT 5 enablers—reminds readers that COBIT 5 is context-based and is not one size fits all. Read More

Improving the RFP and Contracts Process With COBIT 5

By Przemek Tomczak, CISA, CA, CPA

COBIT Focus | 22 September 2014 English | Spanish | Russian


Przemek Tomczak, CISA, CA, CPAChanging IT service providers is never a simple undertaking. It is even more challenging when the organization making the change is responsible for processing meter reads and supporting the billing of more than four million customers on time-of-use rates. Such complexity necessitated a framework to help guide the search and contract process so the organization, in this case, turned to COBIT 5. Read More

The Failed Vasa: COBIT 5 and the Balanced Scorecard (Part 1)

By William C. Brown, Ph.D., CISA, CPA, and Chad E. Hess

COBIT Focus | 15 September 2014


William C. Brown Chad E. HessOn 10 August 1628, the Vasa, among the most expensive ships of the era, sailed on her maiden voyage and, within minutes, sank below the waves in the Stockholm harbor (Sweden). This article is the first of a three-part series that illustrates Vasa’s stakeholder drivers, benefits, risk, costs, enterprise goals and, ultimately, enabler goals, which all provide context for the seven COBIT 5 enablers. Read More

COBIT 5 Online Is Here and Continues to Evolve

By John Lainhart, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC

COBIT Focus | 10 September 2014


John Lainhart, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC COBIT 5 online continues to evolve and has launched a completely enhanced user experience. COBIT users can now experience an interactive opportunity for delving into the details of COBIT 5. Read More



Mapping COBIT 5 With IT Governance, Risk and Compliance at Ecopetrol

By Alberto León Lozano, CISA, CGEIT, CIA, CRMA

COBIT Focus | July 2014 English | Japanese


Alberto León Lozano As part of an updated strategy, Ecopetrol S.A., a vertically integrated energy company, began a corporate transformation with the goals of growth and strengthening its internal control system. It knew it needed a clear approach for governance and management of IT services as well as best global reference standards and a framework, so it used the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) and COBIT frameworks, which helped consolidate strong IT governance practices that were totally aligned with the corporative internal control initiatives. Read More

6 Tips for Implementing IT Governance With COBIT 5

By Juan Carlos Morales, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC

COBIT Focus | July 2014 English | Japanese


Juan Carlos Morales IT has become a strategic element to create opportunities, innovation and competitive advantage. However, it entails inherent risk related to confidentiality, integrity and availability of information that requires attention. Read More


Are COSO 2013 and COBIT 5 Compatible?

By Steven Babb, CGEIT, CRISC, ITIL

COBIT Focus | July 2014 English | Japanese


Steven Babb Many enterprises ask, “With the update of the 2013 COSO Internal Control—Integrated Framework (COSO framework) and the 2012 release of COBIT 5, are they still complementary and compatible?” Read More



COBIT 5 Helps Find Value in the Cloud

By Sai K. Honig, CISA, CIA

COBIT Focus | July 2014 English | Japanese


Sai K. Honig Cloud computing continues to gain popularity as an option to improve IT-related services with minimal investment. In the past five years, cloud adoption has changed from an idea that met resistance to a solution that is growing exponentially and globally. Read More


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