Optimising COBIT 5 for IT governance : examples from the public sector

Al Omari, Loai, Barnes, Paul H., & Pitman, Grant (2012) Optimising COBIT 5 for IT governance : examples from the public sector. In Proceedings of the ATISR 2012 : 2nd International Conference on Applied and Theoretical Information Systems Research (2nd. ATISR2012), Academy of Taiwan Information Systems Research, Taipei, Taiwan.

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Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (COBIT) has grown to be one of the most significant IT Governance (ITG) frameworks available and also the best suited for audit, as it provides comprehensive guidance around IT processes and related business goals. However, given the constraints of both time and resources within which the Australian public sector is forced to operate, implementing an audit framework the size of COBIT in its entirety is often considered too large a task. As an alternative to full implementation it is not uncommon for the public sector to “cherry pick” controls from the framework in an effort to reduce its size. This paper reports on research undertaken to evaluate the potential to use an optimised sub-set of COBIT 5 for ITG audit in Australian public sector organisations. A survey methodology was employed to determine the control-objectives considered to be the most important to a selection of public sector organisations. Twelve control-objectives were identified as being most important to Queensland public sector organisations. As ten of these were also identified by previous studies, it appears possible to derive an optimised sub-set from COBIT 5 that would be both enduring and relevant across geographical and organisational contexts.

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ID Code: 55561
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information:

The papers accepted for presentations at the conference will be further evaluated for possible submission to the following journals collaborating with our conference.
The Journal designated to this conference include:

International Journal of Electronic Commerce Studies (IJECS) (ISSN: 2073-9729)

Contemporary Management Research (CMR)(ISSN: 1813-5498)

International Journal of Cyber Society and Education(IJCSE) (ISSN: 1995-6649

Keywords: COBIT 5, Public Sector, Australia, Audit, IT Governance
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 please consult the authors
Deposited On: 14 Dec 2012 00:52
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2013 21:22

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