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BEGINNERíS
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Beginner's COBIT Companion provides a gentle introduction to COBIT 4.1, the IT Governance framework from ISACA; it contains a wealth of useful information for any reader new to the subject.The principle chapters are short, and to-the-point, providing just enough information to quickly give the reader an understanding of the fundamentals of COBIT 4.1; in fact, most readers should be pleasantly surprised at just how quickly they can get up-to-speed on COBIT 4.1 using this book.
 
The appendices, which make up a large part of this book, contain the extra details that might be needed later, once the basics have been mastered, to progress to the next level. A revision guide for the COBIT 4.1 Foundation Examination has also been included, along with two, forty-question, mock exams. The inclusion of extensive extracts from the original COBIT 4.1 manual, licensed from ISACA/ITGI, ensures that the reader can start to familiarise themselves with the concepts, terminology, and phraseology found in the official COBIT 4.1 literature.
 

 

 
BEGINNERíS
COBIT
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PREPARING FOR THE
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Passing the COBIT 4.1 Foundation Examination is not difficult; but you do need to know the basics of COBIT 4.1 well, in order to do so.
 
Beginnerís COBIT Companion: Preparing for the COBIT 4.1 Foundation Examination can help you to learn the basics of COBIT 4.1. It contains extensive extracts from the original COBIT 4.1 manual, reproduced under license from ISACA/ITGI, as well as three, forty-question, mock exams to help you gauge your probable readiness to sit the COBIT 4.1 Foundation Examination.
 
Beginnerís COBIT Companion: Preparing for the COBIT 4.1 Foundation Examination is designed to help you get up to speed on COBIT 4.1 quickly, and focuses specifically on those aspects of COBIT 4.1 that you will need to know in order to pass the exam. For example, COBIT 4.1 contains thirty-four processes but only only two are tested in detail by the exam, therefore, whilst all the processes are mentioned, only COBIT processes PO10 and DS2 are presented in full detail in this book.
 

 

 

 

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Pages:
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Title:
Beginnerís COBIT Companion:
Preparing for the COBIT 4.1
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Author:
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Language:
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HISTORY
 
COBIT was created by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). Over the years, several versions of COBIT have been published:
  • COBIT 1 was published in 1996 and was originally focused on auditing.
  • COBIT 2 was published in 1998 and was focused on control.
  • COBIT 3 was published in 2000 and was focused on management.
  • COBIT 4 was published in 2005 and was focused on IT governance.
  • COBIT 4.1 was published in 2007 and remained focused on IT governance.
  • COBIT 5 was published on 10th April 2012 and represents the most significant change in the framework to date, as it integrates COBIT 4.1, Val IT 2.0, Risk IT, Business Model for Information Security (BMIS), IT Assurance Framework (ITAF), and other best practice materials, into a new super-framework; a business framework for the governance and management of enterprise IT.
Before the release of COBIT 5, COBIT was an acronym, that stood for Control OBjectives for Information and related Technology. However, with the launch of COBIT 5, which is no longer just about control objectives for information and related technology, COBIT is no longer an acronym it is simply the name of the new framework.
 
COBIT 5 is still relatively new, and, even now, people are still getting to know it. A rapidly maturing ecosystem of support materials for COBIT 5 is now available. Formal training and certification for COBIT 5 is available through APMG Accredited Training Organisations (ATOs).
 
COBIT 4.1, and the other frameworks that were integrated into COBIT 5, also have their own substantial support materials available for immediate use and which are generally available free of charge from the ISACA web site. COBIT 4.1 has an established installed base, some of which will eventually upgrade to COBIT 5, and some of which will not. COBIT 4.1 is expected to be supported by ISACA for many years.
 
ISACA began life in 1967, and was initially focused on the audit of computer system controls, it became formalised in 1969 as the EDP Auditors Association (EDPAA). In 1976 the association formed an educational foundation, to undertake research in the fields of IT governance and control. EDPAA was renamed Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) in 1994, and from 2006 onwards it has been formally known only by its acronym, ISACA. For more information on ISACA, please visit their website: www.isaca.org
 
ISACA is affiliated with the IT Governance Institute (ITGI), which was founded in 1998 as a not-for-profit think-tank dedicated to IT governance research. Development of the COBIT framework content is supervised by the COBIT Steering Committee, international working groups provide quality assurance and expert review, and overall project guidance is provided by ITGI. For more information on ITGI, please visit their website: www.itgi.org
 
COBIT; your evolving enterprise framework.
 
 

 

 

 

 
AUDIENCE
 
You may be surprised to learn that even though ISACAís COBIT 4.1 framework is designed to address the IT Governance needs of a wide-range of organisations, that the COBIT 4.1 Foundation Certificate is really not aimed solely at your average IT Professional.
 
The COBIT 4.1 framework helps to shape some of the highest-level behaviours in an organisation and accordingly needs to be fully understood by some of the most senior players; those that will be accountable for the ultimate success of any COBIT 4.1 implementation, and its subsequent refinement and maturation. Of course, any COBIT 4.1 implementation will require input and help from all levels, not just those at the top, but also from those that will be responsible, consulted, and informed, including IT Professionals and, perhaps more importantly, Business Professionals. However, first and foremost, it needs to be understood by those in the following roles:
 
  • Board
  • Business Executive
  • Business Process Owner
  • Business Senior Management
  • Chief Architect
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Compliance, Audit, Risk, and Security (CARS)
  • Configuration Manager
  • Deployment Team
  • Head Development
  • Head IT Administration
  • Head Operations
  • Problem Manager
  • Project Management Office (PMO)
  • Service Desk/Incident Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Training Department
 
COBIT 4.1; designed for senior IT and Business Professionals.
 

 

 
SOX
 
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act 2002 (SOX) is a United States federal law that set new or enhanced standards for all U.S. public company boards, management, and public accounting firms. Stricter financial governance laws, based on SOX, have now been adopted in Australia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Africa, and Turkey.
 
COBIT 4.1 is a commonly adopted, and internationally recognised, IT governance framework that can be used to help enterprises comply with the IT control requirements of SOX, and other SOX-like legislation.
 
ITGI has previously published detailed guidance on how COBIT 4.0 can help an enterprise comply with its SOX requirements. The latest version of this guidance is the publication titled IT Control Objectives for Sarbanes-Oxley: The Role of IT in the Design and Implementation of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting, 2nd Edition, published in 2006, and which is available as a hardcopy from the ISACA bookstore here or as a free PDF download for registered members here. This publication was designed as a reference for executive management and IT control professionals, including IT management and assurance professionals; it provides the following guidance:
  • Top-down, risk-based, approach
  • Defining relevant controls
  • Managing the human element
  • Application controls
  • SAS 70 reporting
  • Approaches for smaller companies
COBIT 4.1, launched in 2007, is a minor revision to COBIT 4.0, and is now considered to be equally helpful with regards to achieving SOX compliance.
 
COBIT 5, which was launched on 10th April 2012, is very different to COBIT 4.0 and COBIT 4.1.
 
COBIT 4.1; helping you meet your SOX commitments.
 

 

 
CERTIFICATION
 
COBIT 4.1 is an internationally recognised IT Governance framework from ISACA, it is used in many thousands of organisations, all around the world, not just America. Many of those organisations are publicly listed financial services businesses which use COBIT 4.1 to help them comply with the IT control requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act 2002 (SOX). Of course, COBIT 4.1 can deliver much more than just SOX-compliance. It is applicable to a wide-range of IT-enabled organisations, where it can help to control the efficient and effective use of IT, manage the risks of using IT, and ensure that IT delivers real value to the organisation. COBIT 4.1 has been harmonised with more than forty IT standards, frameworks, guidelines, and good practices, including COSO, ITIL, ISO/IEC 27000, CMM, CMMI, PMBoK, and The Standard of Good Practice for Information Security, to name but a few. COBIT 4.1 is designed to be used at the highest levels of an organisation and acts as an umbrella framework within which other IT standards, frameworks, guidelines, and good practices can seamlessly integrate.
 
Business and IT professionals that have achieved the COBIT 4.1 Foundation Certificate understand the IT management challenges that modern businesses face, and how the different elements of the COBIT 4.1 framework can help to respond to those challenges.
 
Donít delay, get COBIT 4.1 qualified today!
 

 

 
SELF-STUDY
 
You do not need to attend an expensive, and possibly time-consuming, classroom-based training course in order to earn the COBIT 4.1 Foundation Certificate; if you prefer, you can simply self-study in your own time, at your own pace, and then sit the exam on-line, wherever you want, whenever you want. The exam costs US$150 from the ISACA eLearning Campus (here). Study materials, such as the ones listed on this web page, start at US$34.99. Dependent on how quickly you learn, and of course whether you actually pass the exam, you could get your qualification in as little as two weeks.
 
Save time and money; self-study for your COBIT 4.1 qualification!
 

 

 
TRAINING
 
Are you scheduled to attend a classroom-based COBIT 4.1 Foundation Training Course in the near future?  If you are, then perhaps you might like to get up to speed on COBIT 4.1 before you go. Training courses often pack a lot of information into a relatively short period of time, at the end of which you are typically expected to sit an exam. Sometimes it is hard to remember all the facts that you have just been taught. By undertaking some pre-training-course preparation, using one of the COBIT 4.1 study aids available from this web site, you should be able to get a good grade; you might even end up being top of the class.
 
Beginnerís COBIT Companion: Preparing for the COBIT 4.1 Foundation Examination provides an excellent introduction to COBIT 4.1, and also includes three, forty-question, mock exams to help you gauge your readiness to sit the COBIT 4.1 Foundation Examination.
 
Get ahead of the curve; plan for your exam success today!
 

 

 
D.I.Y.
 
Running your own COBIT 4.1 Foundation Examination is easy! Simply go to the ISACA eLearning Campus (here) and purchase an on-line COBIT 4.1 Foundation Examination. Then all you have to do is sit the exam, wherever and whenever you want. You can sit it at your desk at work, you can sit it in your home, its entirely up to you, you choose whatever is most convenient. You do not need a proctor (someone to supervise you) or to be supervised by webcam. All you need is a computer, with a reliable internet connection, and a modern web browser. The exam takes one hour, and consists of 40 multi-choice questions; with a pass mark of 70%. When you are finished, if you have passed, you will then be able to immediately download your COBIT 4.1 Foundation Certificate. Itís fast, convenient, and at US$150.00, very affordable.
 
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EXAMS
 
Business and IT professionals that have passed the COBIT 4.1 Foundation Examination understand the IT management challenges that modern businesses face, and how the different elements of the COBIT 4.1 framework can help to respond to those challenges.
 
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EDUCATORS
 
Are you a training organisation that provides COBIT 4.1 Foundation Courses? If you are then perhaps you might like to consider including the book Beginnerís COBIT Companion: Preparing for the COBIT 4.1 Foundation Examination as a little extra for your students in their course study-packs. The book contains lots of very useful information about COBIT 4.1, as well as three, forty-question, mock exams, that your students are sure to find very helpful.
 
Stand out from the crowd; give your students something extra!
 

 

 

 

 
JOBS
 
The COBIT framework is used by thousands of organisations all around the world, and even though COBIT 5 was launched on 10th April 2012, a large number of those organisations are still using COBIT 4.1, and some might still be using earlier versions.
 
Moving forward, it is expected that all new implementations of COBIT will be based on version 5. However, a handful of market segments may be slowed in their adoption of COBIT 5 due to a lack of clear-cut guidance on how COBIT 5 can be applied to certain critical business processes, such as those relating to regulatory compliance, which were well understood when using COBIT 4.1.
 
Some organisations that previously used COBIT 4.1 have upgraded to COBIT 5, and obtained significant benefit from employing personnel that were skilled in both COBIT 4.1 and COBIT 5, as such personnel were able to understand both the old IT Governance system, which was based on version 4.1 and the new IT Governance system, which would be based on version 5.
 
It should be noted that change for the sake of change makes no sense, and the launch of COBIT 5, was not, by itself, a good enough reason for most organisations to upgrade to COBIT 5. Such an upgrade had to make good business sense, and bring real benefit at a justifiable cost. For some organisations, the business case, for upgrading to COBIT 5, has not been clear cut, and, so, they have stayed with COBIT 4.1. Simply put, if something works well, why change it? Also, the differences between COBIT 4.1 and COBIT 5 are, in many ways, really quite substantial; for example, COBIT 5 is no longer just about IT Governance, it is about a whole lot more, and any upgrade project between the two will, as a consequence, not be trivial, quick, or cheap, even when focussing on just the commonalities between the two versions. In such a situation, the Return On Investment (ROI) of the upgrade must be clear, and usually fairly substantial, in order to justify not only the costs but also the risks that are inherent in all such changes.
 
So, for the foreseeable future, the demand for COBIT 4.1-related jobs is likely to remain relatively steady, in order to support the on-going needs of existing COBIT 4.1-based IT Governance systems. COBIT 5 Implementation Projects and COBIT 4.1 to COBIT 5 Upgrade Projects will obviously need to employ professionals that are certified in COBIT 5, but the upgrade projects will most probably need to employ professionals that have an understanding COBIT 4.1 as well. So even if all the organisations that currently have COBIT 4.1-based IT Governance systems decide to upgrade to COBIT 5 there will still remain a need for COBIT 4.1 skills, albeit mostly in the form of those individuals that have both COBIT 4.1 and COBIT 5 certifications and experience.
 
COBIT skills are useful not only for implementation or upgrade projects, but are also used by internal and external auditors to check, for example, that an organisation has correctly complied with the IT control requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. From the perspective of an external auditor, various versions of COBIT could be encountered from one audit to the next, suggesting that a good understanding of the two most recent versions, namely COBIT 4.1 and COBIT 5, would be beneficial skills to have under your belt.
 
So, if you are an IT Governance professional that already holds a COBIT 5 qualification but not a COBIT 4.1 qualification then you should really consider getting the COBIT 4.1 Foundation qualification, as well. Alternatively, if you are an IT Governance professional that already holds a COBIT 4.1 qualification but not a COBIT 5 qualification then you really should consider getting the COBIT 5 Foundation qualification, as well.
 
Click on the following links to search for COBIT jobs in various countries around the world; the links will take you to the Monster.com job site:
 
COBIT 4.1; your passport to a better future!
 
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