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Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:23

What is COBIT?

A framework for alignment and governance

COBIT is an IT management framework developed by the ISACA to help businesses develop, organize and implement strategies around information management and governance.

First released in 1996, COBIT (Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies) was initially designed as a set of IT control objectives to help the financial audit community better navigate the growth of IT environments. In 1998, the ISACA released version 2, which expanded the framework to apply outside the auditing community. Later, in the 2000s, the ISACA developed version 3, which brought in the IT management and information governance techniques found in the framework today.

Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:15

How to Differentiate Machine ..

How to Differentiate Machine Learning From Dressed-up BI?

Machine learning is the use of computing resources that have the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed — that is, acquire and apply knowledge and skills that maximize the chance of success. That definition of machine learning, provided courtesy of Rob Clyde, vice-chair of the ISACAboard of directors and board director and executive chair to White Cloud Security is a pretty standard explanation. Or here’s another. Machine learning is a cognitive system that has the potential to learn from interactions and then deliver evidence-based answers to a problem.

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By Mandy Harris [Presented during our Monthly meeting - May 2017]
 
In recent years, companies have seen dramatic increases in the costs for Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) audits.  A significant portion of the cost is attributed to new requirements from the PCAOB, including the much more extensive procedures required for validating information produced by the entity (IPE).  With the cost of SOX compliance on the rise, organizations are struggling to find areas where they can cut costs or at least contain them. 
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Chapter Members and Visitors,

Welcome to our ISACA, Great Houston Chapter website!

We recently held our Annual General Meeting and one day gratis Security and Audit Conference July 21. We have not offered a gratis one day conference in a while, although all of our conferences are quite reasonable, and it was appreciated. As someone noted, “Free is always good!”

We had a good turnout, around 125, with approximately 85 staying to the final bell; it did help that we gave away several $100 certificates at the close of the day.

We had several folks who gave significantly of their time to both plan and serve our members and guests during the conference, and we will acknowledge them shortly on our website. However, one person I want to thank now is Mel McQueary, with HCC, who was able to help us rent the auditorium at their West Loop South Campus. We received many compliments on the space itself, and the location.

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Our aim is to sponsor local educational seminars and workshops, conduct regular chapter meetings, and help to further promote and elevate the visibility of the IS audit, control and security profession throughout the area. 

 We conduct chapter meetings the third Thursday of the month that typically includes a morning or afternoon training along with a luncheon meeting/training.  We also sponsor SIG group meetings on the same day.

Local seminars are held in the spring and fall that include topics of high relevance to our membership community. Certification training is scheduled before each ISACA exam date based on interest level. 

We partner with other organizations to provide additional educational opportunities for our greater Houston area membership. Please visit our chapter EVENTS page frequently for the latest educational and networking opportunities.

 

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