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COBIT 5 provides a rigorous, experience-based means of relating day to day IT activity to enterprise goals and stakeholder needs.

This allows IT activity to be evaluated in relation to enterprise objectives and improvements to be identified. It also permits the contribution of IT to the enterprise to be demonstrated.

COBIT 5 builds upon the existing COBIT framework and integrates with other recognized frameworks and bodies of knowledge. For example: Risk IT; Val IT; ITIL.

The Principles of COBIT 5

COBIT 5 is based on five key principles:

  • Principle 1: Meeting Stakeholder Needs

  • Principle 2: Covering the Enterprise End-to- End

  • Principle 3: Applying a Single, Integrated Framework

  • Principle 4: Enabling a Holistic Approach

  • Principle 5: Separating Governance From Management

COBIT 5 identifies and describes seven aspects that are necessary for the successful governance and management of enterprise IT.

It calls these enablers, and they are:

  • Principles, policies and frameworks

  • Processes

  • Organizational structures

  • Culture, ethics and behavior

  • Information

  • Services, infrastructure and applications

  • People, skills and competencies

The COBIT 5 Foundation, COBIT 5 Implementation and COBIT 5 Assessor courses and exams are currently available.