IT and IS Governance
nPoint provides IT and Information Security Governance implementation consulting services to its clients. nPoint consultants are experienced in IT and Information Security Governance Framework, Standards and methodologies, and they took hand-holding approach to implement IT and Information Security governance in the organization.
IT Governance is a subset of Enterprise Governance focused on information related technology (IT) systems, their performance and risk management. IT Governance is the responsibility of the Board of Director. The improvement of the governance of enterprise IT is widely recognized by top management as an essential part of Enterprise Governance. The significance of information and the pervasiveness of information related technology (IT) are increasingly part of every aspect of business and public life, the need to drive more value from IT investments and manage an increasing array of IT-related risk has never been greater. Increasing regulation is also driving heightened awareness amongst boards of directors regarding the importance of a well-controlled IT environment and the need to comply with legal, regulatory and contractual obligations.
nPoint consultants play a vital role by engaging all the stakeholders of IT governance for a successful implementation of the IT Governance in the organization. Successful implementation of the IT and IS Governance creates the following values in the Organization:
- Establish informed and committed leadership
- Ensure alignment and integration of business and IT strategies with key business goals
- Define the value governance framework
- Assess the quality and coverage of current processes
- Identify and prioritize process requirements
- Define and document the processes
- Establish, implement and communicate roles, responsibilities and accountabilities
- Establish organizational structures
- Define portfolio characteristics
- Align and integrate value management with enterprise financial planning
- Establish effective governance monitoring
- Continuously improve value management practices
The IT Governance Institute (ITGI) defines governance as “the set of responsibilities and practices exercised by the board and executive management with the goal of providing strategic direction, ensuring that objectives are achieved, ascertaining that risks are managed appropriately and verifying that the enterprise's resources are used responsibly." This entails “structure through which the objectives of the enterprise are set, and the means of attaining those objectives and monitoring performance are determined," Structure and means will include strategy, policies and their corresponding standards, procedures and guidelines, strategic and operational plans; awareness and training; risk management; controls; and audits and other assurance activities.
Information security addresses the universe of risks, benefits and processes involved with information.
Information security and IT governance are the responsibility of the board of directors and executive management. It must be an integral and transparent part of enterprise governance. It consists of the leadership, organizational structures and processes that safeguard information.
Finally, because new information technology provides the potential for dramatically enhanced business performance, effective information security can add significant value to the organization by reducing losses from security-related events and providing assurance that security incidents and breaches are not catastrophic.
nPoint Consulting ensures the following basic outcomes of effective Information Security governance
- Strategic alignment - Aligning information security with business strategy to support organizational objectives.
- Risk management - Executing appropriate measures to mitigate risks and reduce potential impacts on information resources to an acceptable level.
- Value delivery - Optimizing security investments in support of business objectives.
- Resource management - Using information security knowledge and infrastructure efficiently and effectively to:
- Ensure that knowledge is captured and available.
- Document security processes and practices.
- Develop security architecture(s) to define and utilize infrastructure resources efficiently.
- Performance measurement - Monitoring and reporting on information security processes to ensure that objectives are achieved.
- Integration - Integrating all relevant assurance factors to ensure that processes operate as intended from end to end.