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ISACA Invites Public Comment on COBIT 5 Exposure Draft

Washington DC, USA  - ISACA, a global nonprofit professional association, invites public comment on the exposure drafts of COBIT 5: The Framework and COBIT 5: Process Reference Guide. Both documents are now available at and the exposure period will remain open through 31 July.


According to an announcement at ISACAs inaugural World Congress in Washington DC this morning, COBIT 5 will be a major evolution of the globally recognized COBIT guidance, incorporating the most up-to-date thinking in enterprise governance and management techniques. Enterprises of all sizes around the world have implemented COBIT to reduce IT-related risks and increase confidence in the information provided by IT, enable clear policy development and good practice for IT management, increase the value they attain from IT and manage compliance.


COBITs value is in large part due to the collaborative development process that brings together the talents and expertise of industry leaders around the world, said Derek Oliver, CISA, CISM, CRISC, Ph.D., DBA, CITP, FBCS, FISM, MInstISP, co-chair of the COBIT 5 Task Force and CEO of Ravenswood Consultants Ltd. We encourage IT and business professionals to actively participate in this major update to COBIT and help drive the direction of this important global initiative.


COBIT 5 will build and expand on COBIT 4.1 by connecting with other major frameworks, standards and resources, including ITIL, ISO, ISF, OECD, AICPA and NIST, and integrating other ISACA guidanceincluding Val IT, Risk IT, the IT Assurance Framework and the Business Model for Information Security (BMIS)into one cohesive and comprehensive picture. It will help enterprises ensure they can have trust in, and obtain and value from, their information systems.


COBIT 5 will be based on sound enterprise governance principles and will help organizations manage constantly evolving operational risks and stay on top of increasing regulatory compliance requirements, said John Lainhart, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, co-chair of the COBIT 5 Task Force and partner at IBM Global Business Services. It builds and expands on COBITs 15-year history and is being developed by senior IT and business leaders around the world to ensure that it meets stakeholders current needs and expectations.


ISACA received nearly 3,000 comments from more than 600 business and IT professionals during last years public exposure period for the draft design paper of COBIT 5. More than 92 percent of respondents reported that the proposed updates to COBIT would be valuable or very valuable.



With 95,000 constituents in 160 countries, ISACA ( is a leading global provider of knowledge, certifications, community, advocacy and education on information systems (IS) assurance and security, enterprise governance and management of IT, and IT-related risk and compliance. Founded in 1969, the nonprofit, independent ISACA hosts international conferences, publishes the ISACA Journal, and develops international IS auditing and control standards, which help its constituents ensure trust in, and value from, information systems. It also advances and attests IT skills and knowledge through the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) designations.


ISACA continually updates COBIT, which helps IT professionals and enterprise leaders fulfill their IT governance and management responsibilities, particularly in the areas of assurance, security, risk and control, and deliver value to the business.