INTEGRATING INTERNAL CONTROL FRAMEWORKS FOR EFFECTIVE CORPORATE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY GOVERNANCE
AbstractAbstract This paper analyzes and proposes how several internal control frameworks can be integrated to achieve effective corporate information technology governance. The fundamental tenet of the current literature in this area is that neither a single framework nor non-integrated multiple frameworks would suffice in achieving effective information technology security and governance. Using the extant literature, a deductive approach, and focusing on three popularized internal control frameworks ERM, COSO, and COBIT5, we propose a framework that can help organizations effectively and efficiently achieve information technology governance through their interaction. An integrated framework is one that links the key control objectives to strategic business objectives and, in doing so, addresses IT governance principles at both a strategic and operational level, whilst aligning IT and business management understanding of the key risk areas that characterize the organization’s goals (Goosen and Rudman, 2013). In addition, this fundamental alignment is expected to eliminate unnecessary controls and processes which in turn help improving IT governance. We expect firms seeking to adopt the proper IT governance to utilize the proposed integrated framework.
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