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Two workshops on offer at ITWeb Governance, Risk & Compliance 2019

ITWeb Governance, Risk & Compliance 2019 will be holding two workshops: 'Governance frameworks and implementation', and 'Data governance: guaranteeing reliable data that is well protected', aimed at helping delegates protect their most valuable information assets through good governance.

Themed: 'Effective IT governance in the interconnected business world', the conference will be held at The Forum, in Bryanston, with the conference on 20 February, and workshops on 21 February.

Angela Mace, CRM and Events director at ITWeb, says GRC is no longer isolated to a few functions within today's organisations, it is now far-reaching and integrated into every aspect of the business. "Our workshops are aimed at helping delegates manage the incredibly complex regulatory and risk landscape today, and arm them with practical advice to help them develop, implement and manage data governance initiatives."

The first workshop: 'Governance frameworks and implementation', will be facilitated by Gary Hardy, owner of IT Winners.

Hardy boasts more than 40 years' experience in the IT industry, and is recognised around the world as an expert and thought leader in gaining business value from technology. In addition, he has helped organisations across the private and public sector to deliver improved governance and management practices.

Often referred to as 'Mr COBIT', Hardy was one of the originators of the COBIT initiative in 1992, and has been a key member of ISACA's COBIT development team for the past 20 years. He has been a lead developer of all the COBIT iterations and acted as an advisor to ISACA, and author of many of the ISACA IT governance guidance publications.

Hardy was instrumental in initiating the COBIT education programme in 2003 and is the architect of the IT preneurs, IT governance education portfolio.

The workshop is divided into two parts: 'Choosing your IT governance framework: it's not a one-size-fits-all exercise', and 'Implementing your governance initiative'.

The first part will link potential frameworks to business drivers and the existing environment, and will explore the various IT governance frameworks, including King IV, COBIT 2019, TOGAF, ITIL4 and others. It will also look at how to integrate and adapt guidance from frameworks into an IT governance initiative.

In part two, delegates will learn how to position IT governance correctly with stakeholders for business value, and will cover influencing the board and identifying who will share the responsibility for IT governance and the team that will be driving the implementation.

The second half will also cover identifying the gap between existing capabilities and required capabilities, communication and enabling a culture change across the enterprise in the digital age, and deploying an IT governance solution: how to incrementally improve capabilities.

[SIDEBAR]Workshop number two is themed: 'Data governance: guaranteeing reliable data that is well protected', and will explore how businesses can protect and govern this most valuable of assets.

Also divided into two parts, the first will look at developing policies for effective data use that is in line with compliance requirements such as POPIA and GDPR, and will also examine privacy policies, and whether or not they are enough to protect an organisation and its clients' data.

Finally, part one will examine key points to consider when implementing a data governance programme, and recognising the interconnected nature of IT governance, data governance and cloud governance.

In the second part, delegates will be led through a practical approach to creating awareness internally regarding data handling. It will detail how to put formal controls in place to maximise cross-functional processes and integration of departmental information, and will discuss how long to hold on to data, including deciding when data has become redundant.

It will discuss data residency issues, including cross-border data, and how to protect data transferred to other countries, and will examine agile data governance, and implementing a less rigid stance towards managing and governing evolving data.

Attendees will also enjoy tea and lunch breaks, as well as the opportunity to network with their peers after the workshops.