IT Governance and Information Controls

 

 

IT Governance has assumed critical importance in modern day organizations where the Information Technology investments are significant. Adding to that is the tremendous dependence of information, systems, and on technologies. While technology improves business processes, reduces costs and alters business practices, it also carries significant risks. Successful organizations are able to understand and manage these risks.

 

IT Governance has been described as “A structure of relationships and processes to direct and control the enterprise in order to achieve the enterprise’s goals by adding value while balancing risks versus return over IT and its processes”*.

 

Implementing a formal and a structured IT Governance framework would allow the organizations not only to manage the risks but would also lead to an increased transparency and a balanced approach to business needs and priorities.

* Robert Roussey CPA, 2002/2003 President ISACA & ITGI

Deflategate Getting Hyperinflated Daily

1, Bill Belichick Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

Patriots coach Bill Belichick arrives with his partner Linda Holliday at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix for NFL Super Bowl XLIX against the Seahawks. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

Deflategate already way overinflated, with no end in sight

PHOENIX The longer Deflategate dragged on the less it figured to be about the pressure inside a football and the more it figured to be about the pressure on the NFL to prove its own integrity.

And, so it is has come to pass . or run for that matter.

From one side, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman alleged Sunday that no matter what the Patriots do wrong, commissioner Roger Goodell will bail them out because of his friendship with owner Robert Kraft.

From the other side, reports by Jay Glazer of Fox and Ed Werder of ESPN assert that the NFL already had planned to inspect the balls for under inflation at halftime of the AFC Championship and it had nothing to do with the ball the Colts’ D’Qwell Jackson intercepted. That’s right. The NFL reportedly was running a sting on the Patriots.

Super Bowl Today: Patriots Arrive In Arizona PAUL DOYLE

The Courant’s Paul Doyle is in Arizona this week covering the Patriots, Seahawls and everything Super Bowl XLIX. Follow along through each day’s activities leading up to the game as he sets the scene from Phoenix.

The Courant’s Paul Doyle is in Arizona this week covering the Patriots, Seahawls and everything Super Bowl XLIX. Follow along through each day’s activities leading up to the game as he sets the scene from Phoenix. ( PAUL DOYLE )

Suddenly, this is far bigger than pounds per square inch. Suddenly, the NFL is being pressed hard from both sides of the ball. And if the league and Goodell are not careful the next pop you hear could be the remaining shreds of Goodell’s reputation.

In the midst of this Monday came a report by Fox Sports that the NFL has focused on a Patriots locker room attendant who allegedly took the footballs from the officials’ room to another area on the way to the field. According to Fox, the NFL has interviewed him and even has some sort of video. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick swear they don’t know anything about any football tampering and surely their reputations remain on trial, too. Yet the idea that the NFL could have allowed the Patriots to use illegal footballs in a championship game in order just to catch them raises all sorts of red flags and shouts to problems far beyond air pressure.

“If the Wells investigation is not able to definitively determine that our organization tampered with the air pressure in the footballs I would expect and hope that wholesale nhl jerseys the league would apologize to our entire team and in particular coach Belichick and Tom Brady for what they have had to endure,” Kraft said Monday night in denying unconditionally that the Patriots have done anything inappropriate. “I am disappointed in this entire matter has been handled and reported upon.

“[Belichick and Brady] are my guys. I have never known them to lie to me. It bothers me greatly their integrity has been called into question.”

Sherman is a flamethrower. Make no mistake about it. He is smart, he is edgy and he is a provocateur. Within one week, Sherman has painted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as the real instigator of hard feelings between the Super Bowl teams. More important, he has called into question the validity of any punishment Goodell might levy on the Patriots in Deflategate.

“Will they be punished? Probably not,” Sherman said Sunday of the Patriots. “Not as long as Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell are still taking pictures at their respective homes.

“You talk about conflict of interest. As long as that happens, it won’t affect them at all. Nothing will stop them.”

Asked about Sherman’s assertion, Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, another flamethrower, said during Monday’s media session, “Obviously, it has some validity.”

Stop and think about Sherman’s words, now backed up by Baldwin, for a moment. An employee in a major sports league called out the boss man’s credibility and, to this point, he has gotten away with it? Could you imagine Pete Rozelle taking that kind of abuse? Or Kenesaw Mountain Landis? Or David Stern?

If Sherman is referring to the fact that Goodell, who made $44.2 million in the fiscal year ending in 2013, is an employee of the owners, he is absolutely correct. If he is referring to the fact that Kraft was one of the first and certainly loudest defenders of Goodell in the commissioner’s horrible handling of the Ray Rice case, he is absolutely correct again. And if Sherman means it looks bad for a commissioner to be photographed partying at Kraft’s home on the eve of the AFC title game, I’d argue Sherman is correct a third time.

Yet Goodell is also answerable to 31 other owners and there is more than enough evidence that other teams are either sick or jealous enough of the Patriots to empower Goodell to be brave enough to make as fair a call as he deems fit. At the very least, however, at least two Seahawks are mocking him.

Goodell did take a first round pick from the Patriots and fine them $750,000 total ($500,000 to Bill Belichick) in SpyGate. Of course, the commissioner also destroyed the tapes, because he said they lined up with what the Patriots admitted. One could argue that act also ensured no one would see the worst of what the Patriots did.

At any rate, such matters have left the Patriots easy prey to all the cynics. And none is any more effective than Sherman.

“Richard is one of the most intelligent guys in the league if not one of the most intelligent people in the world,” Baldwin said.

That’s the kind of Super Bowl week hyperbole you have got to love. Sherman, of course, did better than cause mayhem with Kraft. He went after Tommy Perfect last week. While Sherman is cheap jerseys well known for having gone up cheap nfl jerseys to Brady after the Seahawks beat the Patriots 24 23 on a late touchdown in 2012 later tweeting “U Mad Bro?” Sherman said it actually was Brady who initiated the trash talking with him and Earl Thomas during the game.

“I think people somehow get a skewed view of Tom Brady that he’s just cleancut, does everything right, never says a bad word to anyone,” Sherman said back cheap jerseys in Seattle. “We know him to be otherwise.

“He was pretty much saying we were nobodies and that we should come up to him after they win. We should take that pretty well. ‘Cool, can I get your autograph too?’”Articles Connexes:

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