IT Governance

Time to get a job in Cyber Security?

Cyber attack
UK companies face a chronic shortage of specialist cyber security workers according to a survey released by ISC², a professional organisation for security professionals. The report concludes that there will be a worldwide 1.8m workforce gap in security professionals between now and 2022 with 66% of British companies facing a […]

Now is not the time to ignore GDPR!

We have reported over the last couple of months that the new EU Data Protection Regulation, due for launch in May 2018, will result in a major change in how organisations can obtain, use and store customer data with potentially severe penalties for those that fail to comply. Does the […]

Does the new EU Data Protection Regulation affect me?

If you haven’t heard this could be one of the more important things you deal with in 2017. Called the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), from 25th May 2018 this new EU legislation will come in to force and many are commenting that this is the most significant reform […]

Are you ready for the new EU Data Protection Regulation?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is surely going to be one of the biggest issues that businesses will face in 2017. This new EU regulation comes into force in 25th May 2018 and companies need to start preparing now in order to ensure they are compliant in time for the […]

Tech Partnership Training Fund

Update: This Funding Scheme Has Now Expired! This new government fund offers grants of 50% to companies in England who invest in IT training. The target is to support development of IT skills which are of strategic importance to business growth and competitiveness. Funding is earmarked either for short courses […]

Real World ITIL + ISO20000 + COBIT

In 2010 News International embarked on a major re-structuring of IT services. This was to be supported by a new service desk and, more of a challenge, a new service culture. The feedback has been very positive:  “IT have become innovators rather than inhibitors.” News International (recently re-branded News UK) […]

ISO20000 v ITIL

ISO/IEC 20000 is the internationally accepted quality standard for IT service management. It is aligned with, and can be underpinned by, ITIL but they are not the same. It’s not really a choice of one or other but some organisations have tended to think about it that way. Ricoh decided […]

COBIT 5 – What’s New?

COBIT provides a comprehensive framework that assists enterprises in achieving their objectives for the governance and management of enterprise information and technology.  The latest release is described as “evolutionary” but there are significant changes. What is COBIT? – COBIT originated in 1996 as Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology […]

Implementing ISO 27001 – What’s Involved?

ISO/IEC 27001 is an Information Security Management System (ISMS) which  is designed to bring information security under management control. Implementing ISO 27001 involves understanding how an organisation functions in detail, as it’s implementation will involve fundamental changes to the way an organisation functions Every security rule that is implemented will […]

IT Governance – What’s Involved?

Firstly, it’s important to make the distinction between governance and management. Governance is about establishing chains of responsibility and creating metrics, policies, standards and control mechanisms. Governance talks of decision making. Management talks of implementing the decisions efficiently. Governance decides the direction, management builds the road. IT governance, which began [&hel