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ISACA Launches COBIT 5 Online to Address Critical Gaps in IT Governance

78% of COBIT survey respondents report increase in value of IT governance

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Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (8 September 2014)—ISACA today launched the online version of COBIT 5, a consolidated and comprehensive resource center to improve governance and management of enterprise IT. The new online platform helps increase the utility of the COBIT 5 framework, a business framework that helps manage information and technology risk, and the COBIT family of products.

As cybersecurity incidents and large-scale data breaches continue to escalate in number and impact, they reveal critical gaps in IT governance among organizations of all sizes. A recent ISACA survey of 1,245 professionals from 50 countries who downloaded the COBIT 5 framework shows that, in the face of the business and technology landscape their enterprises have faced over the past 12 months, close to 8 in 10 people (78 percent) say having effective IT governance in place has become more valuable.

“High-profile cyber threats have highlighted the risks and vulnerabilities in enterprises worldwide,” said Robert E Stroud, CGEIT, CRISC, international president of ISACA. “Making COBIT 5 available in an online, customizable format extends the ability of enterprises to protect their information assets and improve business performance.”

Increased Visibility With Board of Directors

More than 70 percent of the survey respondents said that COBIT 5 has helped them address practical business issues. When asked to rank the top four ways COBIT 5 has benefited their organizations, they listed:

  1. Better integration of business and IT (73 percent)
  2. Improved risk management (60 percent)
  3. Improved ability to identify gaps (49 percent)
  4. Greater visibility with the board of directors (45 percent)

New COBIT Tools

The new online version of COBIT 5 enables users to personalize the responsible, accountable, consulted, informed (RACI) planner and goals cascade tool for their enterprise or clients. The goals and RACI planner facilitates the use of COBIT by leading users through the selection of enterprise, IT-related and enabler goals based on stakeholder needs. The RACI chart planner supports the selected governance and management practices.

The online version of COBIT 5 also enables users to:


  • Browse timely content from ISACA and external sources covering top issues and challenges.
  • Quickly and easily search, filter and export content from COBIT 5 publications such as COBIT 5, COBIT 5 Implementation, COBIT 5: Enabling Processes and COBIT 5: Enabling Information.
  • Comment and ask questions to facilitate learning and best practices.


Much of COBIT online is available free of charge at Full results of the 2014 Global COBIT Governance Study are available at


With more than 115,000 constituents in 180 countries, ISACA ( helps business and IT leaders build trust in, and value from, information and information systems. Established in 1969, ISACA is the trusted source of knowledge, standards, networking, and career development for information systems audit, assurance, security, risk, privacy and governance professionals. ISACA offers the Cybersecurity Nexus, a comprehensive set of resources for cybersecurity professionals, and COBIT, a business framework that helps enterprises govern and manage their information and technology. ISACA also advances and validates business-critical 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) credentials. The association has more than 200 chapters worldwide.

ISACA continually updates and expands the practical guidance and product family based on the COBIT framework. This 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.

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