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ISACA releases COBIT 2019

First update to COBIT framework in seven years, includes new focus areas and design guides

ISACA releases COBIT 2019
COBIT 2019 has been updated to match modern technology requirements.

ISACA has released the first update for the COBIT framework in almost seven years.

COBIT 2019 builds on the existing industry-standard for IT governance and management, which was first introduced in 1996.

The new version, which is being released in four phases, includes focus areas for new trends and priorities in ICT such as DecOps and cybersecurity, updates aligned with the latest industry standards, and a design guide that provides flexibility and guidance to help organisations tailor a governance system to their needs.

"The COBIT framework has thrived for 20-plus years because it addresses core business principles that are every bit as true now as they were in the 1990s," said Mark Thomas, a COBIT trainer and founder of Escoute Consulting. "But it had become important to provide updated guidance related to key drivers of the current technology landscape, and COBIT 2019 takes a big step forward in that regard."

The first phase includes COBIT 2019 Framework: Introduction and Methodology, which details governance principles, provides key concepts and examples, and lays out the structure of the overall framework, including the COBIT Core Model; and the COBIT 2019 Framework: Governance and Management Objectives. This section provides detailed description of the COBIT Core Model and its 40 governance/management objectives, which are defined and then matched up with the related process, enterprise goals, and governance and management practices.

Both are available to ISACA members and nonmembers free of charge at www.isaca.org/cobit, and a complimentary tool kit is included.

In December, ISACA will release the COBIT 2019 Design Guide, for designing an information and technology governance solution; and the COBIT 2019 Implementation Guide which provides a roadmap for continuous governance improvement.

Training courses and certificate programs will be released in January and April 2019.

Among the changes from COBIT 5, COBIT 2019 uses a maturity model based on the CMMI Institute's Capability Maturity Model Integration to assess enterprises' capability levels for each activity in COBIT. COBIT 2019 adds three additional management objectives (processes), as well as design factors.

"COBIT 2019 provides world-class guidance that can increase the value derived from information and technology assets through better governance and management," said ISACA Board Chair Rob Clyde, CISM. "This kind of guidance spurs new growth and innovation while fortifying organizations worldwide against threats and risks."

COBIT 2019 helps enterprises govern information and technology-from a single project-based implementation, to use by a particular team or business unit, to full, enterprise-wide implementation.

"COBIT 2019 offers enterprises flexibility to design practical governance solutions specific to organizations' business goals and their specific context," said Dirk Steuperaert, lead developer of COBIT 2019. "Those that adopt COBIT 2019 will benefit from optimized resource use, increased efficiency, and better management of their information and technology."

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