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COBIT®

COBIT® is a globally recognised IT governance framework, developed by ISACA®, which helps organisations meet business challenges in the areas of regulatory compliance, risk management and aligning IT strategy with organisational goals. COBIT 5, the latest iteration of the framework, was released in 2012.

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How is COBIT 5 different from COBIT 4.1?

COBIT 5 builds and expands on the guidance in COBIT 4.1 by integrating other major frameworks, standards and resources, including ISACA's Val IT and Risk IT, ITIL®, and related standards from ISO including ISO/IEC 38500 and ISO/IEC 27001.

This newest version of COBIT takes into account the latest thinking on the governance of information technology. COBIT 5 provides principles, analytical tools and models to increase trust in, and the value derived from, information systems.

A few of the key changes to COBIT are listed below:

  • COBIT 5 introduces five new governance processes that help an organisation refine and strengthen the governance of information technology practices at management level.
  • COBIT 5 processes now cover the business and IT activities end to end, providing a full enterprise-level view.
  • COBIT 5 is aligned to ISO/IEC 38500 and supports integration with existing organisational governance practices.
  • COBIT 5 is fully aligned with the same goal and metrics concepts as COBIT4.1, Val IT and Risk IT, but these have been renamed as
    • Enterprise goals
    • IT-related goals
    • Process goals.
  • COBIT 5 offers an updated, reworked goals cascade based on enterprise goals driving IT-related goals.
  • COBIT 5 provides a more comprehensive, clearer and more in-depth range of generic business and IT role plays and charts for each management practice than in the previous versions of COBIT, Val IT and Risk IT.
  • COBIT 5 does away with the Capability Maturity Modelling approach, which enabled less rigorous self-assessments for internal gap analysis and process improvement initiatives.
  • COBIT 5 uses a Process Assessment Model (or PAM) designed in accordance with ISO 15504, which is more robust, reliable and repeatable.
  • COBIT 5 comes with inputs and outputs for each management practice; this information is provided to enable better integration between processes.

Benefits of COBIT

The COBIT 5 framework can help organisations of all sizes to:

  • improve and maintain high quality information to support business decisions
  • use IT effectively to achieve business goals
  • use technology to promote operational excellence
  • ensure IT risk is managed effectively
  • ensure organisations realise the value of their investments in IT
  • achieve compliance with laws, regulations and contractual agreements.

Structure of COBIT 5

COBIT 5 provides five high-level principles that are essential for the effective management and governance of enterprise IT:

  • Principle 1: Meeting Stakeholder Needs
  • Principle 2: Covering the Enterprise End-to-End
  • Principle 3: Applying a Single Integrated Framework
  • Principle 4: Enabling a Holistic Approach
  • Principle 5: Separating Governance from Management

These five principles enable an organisation to build a holistic framework for the governance and management of IT that is built on seven enablers’. The enablers are:

  1. People, Policies and Frameworks
  2. Processes
  3. Organisational Structures
  4. Culture, Ethics and Behaviour
  5. Information
  6. Services, Infrastructure and Applications
  7. People, Skills and Competencies

Together, the principles and enablers allow an organisation to align its IT investments with its objectives to realise the value of those investments.

The IT Governance Control Framework Implementation Toolkit

The IT Governance Control Framework Implementation Toolkit has been designed to simplify the complex process of COBIT implementation. It provides documentation templates that cover all 37 of the COBIT processes and ready-to-use policies and procedures that will save you time and money when implementing COBIT.

Try a free trial version of the IT Governance Control Framework Implementation Toolkit.

The COBIT 5 publications

Please find below the full list of official COBIT 5 publications:

  • COBIT 5 Manual: The core COBIT 5 manual from ISACA, which provides all the details of the COBIT framework.
  • COBIT 5 Enabling Processes: A guide to the processes in the COBIT 5 Process Reference Model.
  • COBIT 5 Implementation: A guide to implementing an IT governance framework based on COBIT 5.
  • COBIT 5 Enabling Information: A structured way for thinking about information governance and management decisions in any type or size of organisation.
  • COBIT 5 for Assurance: A guide to IT assurance according with the COBIT® 5 framework.
  • COBIT 5 for Information Security: A professional guide from ISACA® on implementing the COBIT® 5 framework on IT governance and management in an enterprise context.
  • COBIT 5 for Risk: A guide that shows you can employ COBIT 5 to effectively manage IT risk by linking information and technology risk to the attainment of an organisation's strategic objectives.

Each item in the COBIT 5 Publication Suite can also be ordered separately.

COBIT 5 and other frameworks

COBIT 5 has been designed with integration at its heart. It is aligned with numerous best-practice frameworks and standards, such as ITIL, ISO 20000, and ISO 27001.

Sometimes when implementing an IT governance framework it is best to take an integrated approach, using parts of several different frameworks and standards to deliver the results you need. In Pragmatic Application of Service Management, Suzanne Van Hove and Mark Thomas provide an approach to integrating COBIT 5, ITIL and ISO 20000 that delivers better ROI and alignment of IT with organisational objectives.

COBIT resources, training and further reading

IT Governance offers a complete range of books, toolkits, e-learning, training, software and consultancy relating to all areas of IT governance, risk and compliance, including:

COBIT books

COBIT 5 e-learning

COBIT classroom training

  • COBIT 5 (2 Day) Foundation Course: An introduction to the benefits of a sound IT governance framework and how it can be realised using COBIT 5.
  • COBIT 5 Implementation Course: How to implement COBIT 5 to deliver effective IT governance initiatives and management practices in your organisation.
  • COBIT 5 Assessor Course: Develop the knowledge and skills to assess an enterprise’s process capabilities against the COBIT 5 Process Reference Model.

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