A Director's Guide to Governing Information Technology and Cybersecurity

Boardroom Report

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Increasingly, information technology (IT) is an essential enabler of new product initiatives, product delivery and innovation in companies. Many organisations are now dependent on IT, not just for business as usual but also for the ability to bring new products to market.

With this increased dependence comes an increase in the number of risks that need to be considered:

  1. The risk that these larger more critical IT projects may fail through poor governance and oversight;
  2. The risk that an increased use of IT provides greater target though cybersecurity attacks;
  3. The risk that failing to invest in the right IT projects at the right time will leave the business exposed to competitors who make better choices.

For those organisations that make the right choices and manage these risks well, the rewards can be very significant.

This book is designed for directors who increasingly find themselves in a position where IT is underpinning a digital transformation of their organisation or rapidly becoming a key driver of their business, whether that organisation is a company, a not-for-profit entity or a government department.

In plain language, it provides an understanding of the IT and cybersecurity landscape and offers practical guidance on how to implement sound governance (including templates for board IT committees and cybersecurity risk committees).

When you purchase this publication you are entitled to a complimentary webinar Successfully governing IT and cybersecurity hosted by Nick and Alexander Tate. Please email webinars@aicd.com.au to register. Click here for further webinar details.

About the authors

Dr Nicholas Tate is the CEO of BCI Technologies and has over 40 years’ experience in the field of information technology, including 16 years as IT Director and Head of IT at two London banks and at the University of Queensland (UQ). He has worked in the UK, Europe, Middle East, North America and Australia and his career has included 18 years with investment/commercial banks based in London and two years at Macquarie Bank in Sydney. He has also spent 15 years working with universities and research organisations, two years in real-time systems development and three years working with the Royal Navy and others on anti-missile systems. He has 16 years’ experience as a company director in 11 Australian and two US companies.

Alexander Tate is a senior lawyer with the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) and was formerly the associate to a judge of the Federal Court. He primarily practises as a litigator in the areas of competition and consumer law.