ISO/IEC 38500 The IT governance standard: A Pocket Guide

ISO/IEC 38500 The IT governance standard

Understand ISO/IEC 38500 the International standard for the corporate governance of IT - Buy this guide today!

This useful pocket guide provides an account of the scope and objectives of the standard, and offers advice on how to set up and implement the IT governance framework.

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A concise introduction to the international standard for the corporate governance of IT

ISO/IEC38500 is the international standard for the corporate governance of information and communication technology. The purpose of the standard is to create a framework to ensure that the Board is appropriately involved in the governance of the organisation’s IT. The standard sets out guiding principles for directors on how to ensure the effective, efficient and acceptable use of IT within their company.

This useful pocket guide provides an account of the scope and objectives of the standard. It outlines the standard’s six core principles, sets out the three major tasks that the standard assigns to directors regarding IT, and explains the interrelationship between the two. The guide also offers advice on how to set up and implement the IT governance framework.

Benefits to business include:

  • Manage the organisation’s investment in IT responsibly
    The pocket guide shows how the standard can be used to ensure that your decision making about IT investment remains clear and transparent, and that the associated risks are clearly understood.
  • Meet compliance requirements
    ISO/IEC38500 requires directors to verify that their IT systems are in compliance with all applicable regulations. As this pocket guide explains, following the procedures set out in ISO/IEC38500 will help company directors both to achieve and demonstrate compliance.
  • Improve the performance of the organisation
    On average, investment in IT represents more than 50 per cent of every organisation’s annual capital investment. Both private and public sector organisations need to maintain a high standard of service while at the same time keeping costs low. The pocket guide looks at how following the guidance contained in ISO/IEC38500 can enable directors to retain a grip on costs and obtain better value for money from IT equipment.
  • Introduce effective project governance
    This pocket guide describes how ISO/IEC38500 can help company directors to identify problems in an IT project at an early stage. In this way, the standard promotes effective management of the risks associated with major IT projects, enables the board to keep a grip on budgets and militates against project failure.

What other people say about this book:

“For those who are spearheading the drive for IT Governance, usage of this book with Senior Management and the Board of Directors is a first step. It provides the high level understanding that is needed, without the technical clauses that are related in the standard.”

James Ritchie, CISA, CISSP.

An IT governance framework serves to close the gap between the importance of IT and the understanding of IT. For this reason, you can use an IT governance framework to improve your company’s competitive position.

Find out how ISO/IEC38500 can improve your organisation’s performance ... Buy this pocket guide today!

About the author:

Alan Calder is the founder director of IT Governance Ltd. His long executive career has spanned both the private and public sectors. He writes, speaks and consults widely on IT governance, compliance and information security.

Author: Alan Calder
Publisher: IT Governance Publishing
ISBN: 9781905356577

Pages: 52
Format: Softcover
Published Date: 31 July 2008
Availability: In Stock
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