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ControlIT User Group: An Independent Support Group for COBIT ™ Users


Welcome to the first internet based independent user group and online forum dedicated to Information Technology (IT) Governance and COBIT ™ . This is an interactive free-to-access resource, designed to enable the peer to peer exchange of information between interested individuals and COBIT ™ professionals alike.

The portal includes a number of areas constructed to enable interaction between our members. These include the fully functional forums, online surveys and content submission areas. Membership is entirely free of charge.


Visitors are invited to participate in all aspects of this growing community.


 .:COBIT ™ Resources and Templates
 .: Thursday, March 16 @ 12:00:40 CST (9865 reads)
IT Governance and COBIT
The Control-IT Toolkit, which contains a whole series of resources to support the COBIT™ framework, is now available as a download. Included in the toolkit are: a compliance plan; a policy framework; a management presentation; an IT Glossary; an audit kit, and a detailed set of aligned framework policies.

The contents are detailed on the following site: COBIT RESOURCES

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 .:First COBIT™ FAQ Now Available
 .: Sunday, April 10 @ 16:24:57 CDT (10947 reads)
IT Governance and COBIT
Our first FAQ, covering the fundamentals, has now been published. The following is an extract:

1) What is COBIT™ ?
COBIT ™ is short for 'Control Objectives for Information and related Technology'. It is essentially an open and freely available standard for good Information Technology security and control practices.

2) Who publishes it?
It was created by the IT Governance Institute and is now in its third edition.

3) What does it comprise?
It includes over three hundred specific 'control objectives' and includes a framework and audit guides for over 30 information technology processes. Overall, COBIT ™ is organized into six components, as follows:
- Executive Summary
- Management Guidelines
- Framework
- Control Objectives
- Implemenation Toolset
- Audit Guidelines

4) Is it a new standard?
No. It was originally produced in the early nineties, but has been revised several times since then, as it's user base has expanded.

5) Are the so called 'measurement tools' included?
COBIT™ includes a range of support items and tools. These include: performance measurement items, a list of critical success factors (CSF's) and maturity models for benchmarking and comparison.

6) How often is COBIT ™ Updated?
New upgrades are published approximately every three years

7) What is the current version?
The most recently published is Version 4.

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 .:COBIT ™ Forums Now Open
 .: Thursday, March 16 @ 11:54:11 CST (6110 reads)
The ControlIT User Group
Our on-board forums dedicated to CobIT ™ and related topics are now open. These are intended to enable free peer to peer discussion and sharing of information. Whether you are a beginner or a CobIT ™ professional, please feel free to participate

Includes are the following topic groups:-
General Discussion
Audit Issues
Training
Jobs & Employment
Information Security
Sarbanes-Oxley

Enter the COBIT ™ FORUMS

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 .:The Sarbanes-Oxley Act 2002
 .: Wednesday, September 15 @ 10:55:56 CDT (10383 reads)
IT Governance and COBIT
Over a recent years, a major driver for the widespread implementation of COBIT™, particularly in the United States, has been the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. This is a hugely influential piece of corporate governance legislation, which was first published in 2002, in the wake of a number of very high profile corporate and financial scandals.

COBIT frequently provides the major control framework introduced to address the demands of this act. although a nummber of other approaches are also in common use.

The main processes in this context are often considered to be:
- Aquire or Develop application software
- Aquire Technology Infrastructure
- Develop and maintain Policies and Procedures
- Install and Test Application Software and Technology Infrastructure
- Manage Changes
- Define and Manage Service levels
- Manage Third Party Services
- Ensure System ecurity
- Manage the Configuration
- Manage Problems and Incidents
- Manage Data
- Manage Operations
... although this should not be considered to be a definitive list.

As this is an area of growing interest, the User Group invites input in terms of papers, articles, or substantive information postings to our on-board forum (see the item above for further information and details on the forum).


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