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IT Control in the Australian public sector: an international comparison


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Liu, Q and Ridley, G ORCID: 0000-0003-2706-3995 2005 , 'IT Control in the Australian public sector: an international comparison', paper presented at the Proceedings of the Thirteenth European Conference on Information Systems, 26-28 May 2005, Regensburg, Germany.

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Despite widespread adoption of IT control frameworks, little academic empirical research has been undertaken to investigate their use. This paper reports upon research to benchmark the maturity levels of 15 key IT control processes from the Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT) in public sector organisations across Australia. It also makes a comparison against a similar benchmark for a mixed sector group from a range of nations, a mixed sector group from Asian-Oceanic nations, and for public sector organisations for all geographic areas. The Australian data were collected in a mail survey of the 387 non-financial public sector organisations identified as having more than 50 employees, which returned a 27% response rate. Patterns seen in the original international survey undertaken by the IS Audit and Control Association in 2002 were also seen in the Australian data. However, the Australian public sector performed better than sectors in all the international benchmarks for the 15 most important IT processes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Liu, Q and Ridley, G
Keywords: IT control, public sector, Australia, IT governance, COBIT, maturity levels, control objectives, control frameworks, systems security
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 13th European Conference of Information Systems
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