Sunday, February 17, 2008

CISAC-2008: Conference of information security audit and control

ICAG (Indian Chapters Advisory Group) organized CISAC 2008, a conference on Information Security Audit and control. Mr KVSS Prasad Rao, Chairman, National Technical Research Organization, Govt of India, and Ex-officio Secretary to the Govt of India inaugurated the conference today. Hosted by ISACA New Delhi chapter the conference will be held for two days 15th &16th Feb' 08 at Hotel Shangri-la. ISACA New Delhi chapter is one of the nine Indian chapters of ISACA, a recognized worldwide leader in IT governance, control, security and assurance. Indian Chapters Advisory Group or ICAG represents all the ISACA chapters in India (presently nine with two more coming up).

The theme of the conference is "Enterprise Risk Management and IT Governance". The conference will encompass topics like- IT Governance as part of corporate governance, ERM framework and methodology, Information security governance, etc. On the first day of the conference key speakers were Mr Avinash Kadam, International Vice President, ISACA HQ; Mr Anupam Kulshrestha, DG IT Audit & Training, iCISA, Office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India; Dr Gulshan Rai, Director, CERT IN, ED ERNET India, Ministry of IT; Mr Mritunjay Kapur, MD Protiviti Consulting Pvt. Ltd.; Mr Anantha Sayana, Head Corporate IT L&T Ltd, and Mr Jacob Paul, Principal Consultant, Satyam Computers. CISAC 2008 aims at providing practical and actionable content to enable participants to build further upon their existing IT governance practices, to enhance the value that IT provides to their enterprises and ensure that IT-related risks are properly managed and regulatory compliance is being assured.

Welcoming the chief guest and other dignitaries, Ms Kusum Gulati, President ISACA New Delhi chapter said, "IT governance and its effective application is the responsibilities of the board of directors and executive management and should be valued as one of the critical success factors in their corporate governance model." In his inaugural address Mr KVSS Prasad Rao applauded the role of ISACA in bringing the experts and professionals on a single platform to discuss various aspects of the IT governance and Enterprise Risk management. He further added," Relation between IT professionals and customers is very poor, at the same time people in India are not used to rudimentary practices of internet. This needs to be addressed very urgently."

ICAG was formed earlier this year and consists of Presidents and Vice Presidents of all the ISACA Chapters in India. The purpose of this group is to jointly promote ISACA/ ITGI vision by supporting professional education and research activities relating to IT Governance in India. In today' digital economy, organizations are faced with the challenge of Managing and protecting their information assets while delivering the required services and meeting stakeholders expectations. All these factors together call for the need of good governance. IT Governance is an integral part of corporate governance consisting of leadership and organizational structures and processes to ensure the organization's information technology sustains and extends enterprise strategies and objectives. ISACA New Chapter understands and recognizes the need of a common platform to discuss and answer the above organizational challenges.
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With more than 65,000 members140 countries, ISACA ( is a recognized worldwide leader in IT governance, control, security and assurance. Founded in 1969, ISACA sponsors international conferences, publishes the Information Systems Control Journal,and develops international information systems auditing and control standards. It also administers the globally respectedCertified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designation, earned by more than 55,000 professionals since1978; theCertified Information Security Manager (CISM) designation, earned by 7,000 professionals since 2002; and the new Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) designation.

About ITGI

The IT Governance Institute® (ITGI) ( was established by ISACA in 1998 to advance international thinking and standards in directing and controlling an enterprise's information technology. ITGI developed Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (COBIT), now in its fourth edition, and offers original research and case studies to assist enterprise leaders and boards of directors in their IT governance responsibilities.

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