IT Governance Training & Certification

IT Governance in More Detail

The implementation of effective IT Governance is a major driver for organizations who want to ensure that IT projects do not waste money, productivity or competitive advantage.

COBIT 5 is the globally accepted framework for the governance and management of an enterprise’s IT, and a good common starting point for professionals in this space.

This COBIT 5 Foundation Certification is popular because it provides individuals and teams with a good level of knowledge about the common issues of IT management facing organizations and how they can make use of COBIT 5 to solve these issues.

To learn more about the history of IT Governance, it's evolution within the business and IT industry, and how understanding and practicing it can benefit you and your organization, continue reading below.

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The field of IT Governance emerged as a derivative subset of Corporate Governance in the early 90s, after high profile governance failures in the 1980s had prompted the development of established codes for corporate governance. It was recognized that specific attention should be paid to the role of information and the underpinning technology if good overall corporate governance were to be achieved.

The three goals of IT Governance are to ensure that IT creates business value, to direct and monitor management, and to mitigate IT-related risks.

In simple terms, IT Governance sets out to maximize the value for money achieved by IT spending - whether this is creating shareholder return in the private sector, or improving service levels in the public sector.

Since its inception, IT Governance practices have had a great influence on how IT is looked on, such that IT has since grown from being viewed as a an enabler of corporate governance, to being recognized as a resource and value creator in its own right.

Several frameworks have been developed which support IT Governance practices. COBIT, first drafted in 1996 by ISACA, is a generic and process-based framework geared for larger organizations, and is considered the world’s leading IT governance framework - with an emphasis on control over information, IT and related risks, and auditability.

COBIT essentially works to translate high-level business goals at the Governance level into a generic collection of 37 business and IT processes, ensuring strategic alignment throughout the enterprise.

The latest version is COBIT 5, which was released in April 2012. COBIT 5 incorporates and integrates the content of three pre-existing ISACA frameworks:

  • Risk IT (focused on the identification, management and reduction of risk)

  • Val IT (for the governance of IT investments)

  • COBIT 4.1 (the previous version of COBIT)

As well as compiling this comprehensive base of good practices, COBIT 5 was also designed to be compatible with other IT frameworks such as ITIL, ISO, PMBOK, PRINCE2 and TOGAF. In this way, COBIT can be seen as an ‘umbrella framework’.

COBIT has been used as a basis for auditing for two decades, and is a commonly used and essential framework for meeting the specific compliance requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley, and King III.

The business orientation of COBIT consists of linking business goals to IT goals, providing metrics and maturity models to measure their achievement, and identifying the associated responsibilities of business and IT process owners.

With the addition and integration of Val IT and Risk IT, as well as the introduction of a governance layer, COBIT 5 is a major step forward, establishing itself as a comprehensive IT standard.

COBIT 5 will be of immense value to any organization seeking to increase security, increase the performance and efficiency of IT delivery, lesson the load of auditing and compliance, and reduce IT-related risk.

COBIT Structure

COBIT offers three separate qualifications via two paths, as shown on the diagram.

When you have completed the COBIT Foundation e-learning course, you should be ready to start preparing for the Foundation Level exam. This exam is available to take online, via a web-based examination system provided by APMG.

Individuals seeking to follow either path must first start by taking the Foundation course and exam. Individuals who have passed the Foundation exam can then progress to the Assessor and Implementation courses and exams.

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COBIT 5 Foundation

This course is for anyone interested in obtaining foundation-level knowledge of COBIT, and explains the COBIT framework and supporting materials in a logical and example-driven approach. Passing the Foundation exam gives the candidate COBIT 5 Foundation certified status.

The qualification is a pre-requisite for advancement to higher levels of COBIT 5 accreditation, such as COBIT 5 Implementation and subsequently COBIT 5 Assessor.

 
COBIT 5 Implementation Level

Building on the knowledge gained at the Foundation Level, the COBIT 5 Implementation course looks at how to practically apply COBIT 5 to real business problems, pain points, trigger events and risk scenarios within the organization.

 
COBIT 5 Assessor Level

This course and exam are for individuals who wish to learn how to assess an enterprise’s process capabilities against the COBIT 5 Process Assessment Model (PAM). Passing the COBIT 5 Assessor exam satisfies one of the eligibility requirements for those who wish to become a COBIT 5 Certified Assessor.

The course provides methods for guiding implementation activities, performing process assessments, creating process improvement, measuring the achievement of business goals, bench-marking and reporting.

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