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COBIT® Quickstart, 2nd edition

Jan Devos (UGent)
(2007)
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A baseline for many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and other entities where IT is less strategic or not absolutely critical for survival, and a starting point for larger enterprises in their first moves towards an appropriate level of control and governance of IT Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (COBIT®) is a comprehensive set of resources that contains all the information that organisations need to adopt an IT governance and control framework. Implementation is based on a number of factors, including the size of the organisation. COBIT Quickstart provides a selection from the components of the complete COBIT framework. Quickstart can be used as a baseline and a set of ‘smart things to do’ for many small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other entities where IT is not strategic or absolutely critical for survival. Quickstart can also be a starting point for larger enterprises in their first move towards an appropriate level of control and governance of IT. This selection was made using the top-down philosophy from the IT Governance Implementation Guide: Using COBIT® and ValITTM, 2nd Edition (IT Governance Institute, 2007). This scoping method performs a top-down value and risk analysis starting with business goals, then identifying the supporting IT goals, defining the IT processes that need improvement, ending with the control practices that need to be implemented or enhanced. COBIT Quickstart provides tools to help the organisation carry out a self-assessment to determine whether Quickstart is appropriate for its use. However, it is always important to keep in mind that Quickstart is generic, and if specific areas or processes are considered more important, then extra guidance should be obtained from the full COBIT material. Moreover, in certain circumstances—such as when the organisation operates and manages open (as opposed to closed) systems, i.e., interconnects with customers and suppliers—the need to go beyond COBIT Quickstart should be at least reviewed as a risk management measure. In support of this, pragmatic migration strategies to move from Quickstart to a broader COBIT implementation are provided in this publication. Quickstart is useful for all types of COBIT users in appropriate organisations: auditors, IT managers and implementers of IT governance who are likely to be dealing with IT governance and COBIT for the first time and who wish for a light and easy-to-use approach to get started. Care needs to be taken when using Quickstart to ensure that it is applied intelligently, given the specific needs and conditions of the enterprise. In addition, while Quickstart is powerful as a starting point, providing the ‘smart things to do’, additional controls will be required in many cases to provide an ongoing basis for effective governance of all IT processes.

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Devos, Jan. COBIT® Quickstart, 2nd Edition. Rolling Meadows, IL, USA: IT Governance Institute, 2007. Print.
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Devos J. COBIT® Quickstart, 2nd edition. Rolling Meadows, IL, USA: IT Governance Institute; 2007.
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J. Devos, COBIT® Quickstart, 2nd edition. Rolling Meadows, IL, USA: IT Governance Institute, 2007.
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COBIT Quickstart provides a selection from the components of the complete COBIT framework. Quickstart can be used as a baseline and a set of ‘smart things to do’ for many small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other entities where IT is not strategic or absolutely critical for survival. Quickstart can also be a starting point for larger enterprises in their first move towards an appropriate level of control and governance of IT.
This selection was made using the top-down philosophy from the IT Governance Implementation Guide: Using COBIT® and ValITTM, 2nd Edition (IT Governance Institute, 2007). This scoping method performs a top-down value and risk analysis starting with business goals, then identifying the supporting IT goals, defining the IT processes that need improvement, ending with the control practices that need to be implemented or enhanced. COBIT Quickstart provides tools to help the organisation carry out a self-assessment to determine whether Quickstart is appropriate for its use. However, it is always important to keep in mind that Quickstart is generic, and if specific areas or processes are considered more important, then extra guidance should be obtained from the full COBIT material. Moreover, in certain circumstances—such as when the organisation operates and manages open (as opposed to closed) systems, i.e., interconnects with customers and suppliers—the need to go beyond COBIT Quickstart should be at least reviewed as a risk management measure. In support of this, pragmatic migration strategies to move from Quickstart to a broader COBIT implementation are provided in this publication.
Quickstart is useful for all types of COBIT users in appropriate organisations: auditors, IT managers and implementers of IT governance who are likely to be dealing with IT governance and COBIT for the first time and who wish for a light and easy-to-use approach to get started. Care needs to be taken when using Quickstart to ensure that it is applied intelligently, given the specific needs and conditions of the enterprise. In addition, while Quickstart is powerful as a starting point, providing the ‘smart things to do’, additional controls will be required in many cases to provide an ongoing basis for effective governance of all IT processes.},
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