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5 Tips For Propagating Best Practices

In its December 1997 issue, The Systems Thinker newsletter featured an article entitled “Putting Best Practices into Practice”. Its authors, Charles Parry, Marilyn Darling and Stever Robbins discuss how sharing best practices can be an important driver for success within an organization. The article focuses on five principles for sharing and implementing best practices. Some…

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Enterprise IT Management Defined

Now more than ever, business leaders are being asked not only to manage their technology investments, but to develop integrated and comprehensive solutions that address privacy, security and regulatory compliance. Similarly, IT managers are being asked to manage technology in a way that brings value to the enterprise by reducing risk, increasing customer confidence and…

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Which Risks Are Most Common?

In my last post, I discussed the importance of senior executive involvement in the risk management function. In this post, I’ll take a look at some common risks. There is no universally accepted set of risk definitions; however industry experts agree that they fall into the following broad categories: Project – the risk that an…

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Is IT Risk Getting The Visibility It Needs?

Understanding and proactively managing IT risks is a key component of IT Governance. Effective risk management provides senior executives with the visibility needed to make critical business decisions regarding IT investments and the information necessary to determine how IT impacts the business. Risk management does not involve only identifying the negative impacts that IT might…

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Why IT Governance Is Good For Government

On any given day, the federal government and its contractors are developing vast amounts of software and systems that will be deployed around the world. There are a host of regulatory guidelines that govern the manner in which these systems are to be acquired, designed, developed and deployed. The regulations fall into a category called Information…

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Security Matters – Part II

In order to secure critical business information and protect against e-crimes, you need a game plan – an effective security governance program. Generally speaking, the goal of any governance program is to mitigate risks. Other goals include ensuring that your business is in compliance with regulations, setting an example for how business is to be…

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Security Matters – Part I

Security breaches. You hear about them all the time, like the recent one at Washington Dulles International Airport. A pilot’s laptop containing top secret airport access codes came up missing and posed a potential threat to 17 airports across the country. Had airport officials not responded quickly, the recipient of the access codes could have…

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