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IT is essential to delivering today's business. However, concerns are increasingly being raised about IT services, internal and outsourced, not aligning with the needs of businesses and customers. A recognized solution to this problem is to use an IT Service Management System (ITSMS) based on ISO/IEC 20000, the international standard for IT service management. Certification to this standard enables you to independently demonstrate to your customers that you meet best practice. ISO/IEC 20000 is based on and replaces BS 15000, the internationally recognized British Standard.
ISO/IEC 20000 is published in two parts:
» Part One is the specification for service management which covers the IT service management. It is this part which you can be audited against and it sets out minimum requirements that must be achieved in order to gain certification.
» Part Two is the code of practice for service management, which describes the best practices for service management processes within the scope of the specification.
Who is it relevant to?
ISO/IEC 20000 is applicable to any organization, large or small, in any sector or part of the world which relies on IT services. The standard is particularly suitable for internal IT service providers, such as IT departments, and external IT service providers, such as IT outsourcing organizations.
The standard is already making a positive impact in some of the leading IT-dependent sectors, such as the business process outsourcing, telecommunications, finance and public sectors.
Primarily, ISO/IEC 20000 certification demonstrates that an organization has adequate controls and procedures in place to consistently deliver a cost effective, quality IT service.
Some of the key benefits are listed below:
» IT service providers become more responsive to services which are business led rather thantechnology driven.
» External service providers can use certification as a differentiator and win new business as this increasingly becomes a contractual requirement.
» Gives you the ability to select and manage external service providers more effectively
» More opportunities to improve the efficiency, reliability and consistency of IT services impacting costs and service .
» Certification audits enable the regular evaluation of the service management processes, which helps to maintain and improve effectiveness .
» The certification process can reduce the amount of supplier audits, thereby reducing costs » ISO/IEC 20000 is fully compatible with the ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) framework of best practice guidance for ITSM processes.
Managing IT risk is part of running any business these days. Regardless of the business, understanding IT risk helps increase network security, reduce management costs and achieve greater compliance posture.
Failure to identify, assess and mitigate IT risk sets the business up for serious security breaches and financial losses down the road. And those that think managing IT risk is the job solely of the IT staff are in for a big shock.
Companies make considerable investments in people, processes and technology to ensure their businesses run smoothly. Understanding the relationships and levels of risk among these vital assets is imperative if you want to increase network security, streamline compliance and reduce overall IT costs. The challenge for most companies is to identify a repeatable process to identify, assess and remediate IT risk without interrupting their business activities.
IT Risk Management practice provides practical and comprehensive privacy, security and regulatory compliance solutions for public and private organizations of all sizes. We primarily serve the healthcare, retail and financial services industries.