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Control objectives for information and related technologies (COBIT) are an IT business framework designed specifically for IT management and governance.
COBIT is a set of control objectives that helps IT management and governance professionals manage IT operations regardless of the organization’s size. It was released in 1996 and is researched, developed, maintained and published by the Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA).
COBIT is primarily a business framework for managing enterprise IT. It is a globally recognized open standard that works on business IT processes and in keeping IT and business goals aligned. It is a comprehensive suite of tools, procedures, guidelines and principles in IT governance and management. COBIT helps organizations in benefiting from their information systems and IT assets, while having enterprise-wide control over enterprise IT.
COBIT also incorporates guidelines and practices from other related frameworks including ValIT, RiskIT and ITIL.