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ISO38500 - ISO 38500 – ISO/IEC 38500
International Standard for Corporate Governance of IT (IT Governance) - ISO/IEC 38500

ISO38500 is the International Standard for the corporate governance of information technology, and provides guidance to those advising, informing or assisting directors on the effective and acceptable use of Information Technology (IT) within the organisation.

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About ISO38500

ISO/IEC 38500:2008 applies to the governance of management processes and decisions relating to an organisation’s information and communication services.

It defines six principles:

  • Establish responsibilities
  • Plan to best support the organisation
  • Acquire validly
  • Ensure performance when required
  • Ensure comformance with rules
  • Ensure respect for human factors

This Standard originated from an existing Australian standard, AS8015. ISO/IEC 29382, Corporate Governance of Information and Communication Technology, was first published early in 2007 and was officially re-named ISO/IEC 38500 in 2008.

Implementing ISO38500

Although ISO38500 is a short and straightforward international Standard, actual implementation of an IT governance framework can be challenging. The Calder-Moir IT Governance Framework evolved alongside the evolution of the international standard as a conceptual approach to help organisations visualise effective IT governance, drawing on and integrating the wide range of IT management tools and systems that exist in the world today.

IT Governance: Implementing Frameworks and Standards for the Corporate Governance of IT provides practical guidance on how to implement an IT Governance framework based on ISO38500 in your own organisation.

The effectiveness of the Calder-Moir Framework as a unifying approach to IT governance and management is exemplified by the IT Governance Framework Toolkit, which provides practical, detailed tools and guidance for implementing IT governance in your organisation, based on ISO38500.

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ISO/IEC 38500
The ISO38500 Standard is available in two formats: hardcopy or download.

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Available from the IT Governance webshop are the following ISO38500 products to aid you in your implementation of an IT governance framework:

We also offer an IT governance consultancy service. Our consultants work with your board, senior executives and functional specialists to help define, develop and implement an IT governance framework that is appropriate for your business. Please contact us for more information or to arrange an initial meeting.


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