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Standards for the Governance of IT Services in Australia


Although many legislations and acts are the standards for security and order in the IT industry, there wasn’t always this level of protection. As the industry continued to grow, the Australian government recognised the need for these measures and were able to set them in place to develop IT security policies for both the public and the government. The following article includes just a few of the essential standards to be followed by all of those involved in the IT services industry.

Corporate Governance of ICT

The Australian Standard for Corporate Governance of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) was released in 2005, after the identification of many failures that resulted from a lack of similar regulations. It is a standard that requires the continuous management and evaluation of information, and data of businesses using these services. This standard provides a team of directors who can offer advice to ICT companies, and assist them in maintaining services that are acquired fairly, support the clients and respect both rules and human consideration throughout their work. It also protects intellectual property and personal details, which are loaded onto various computer systems, from being accessible to the public.

Online Data Protection; the Privacy Act

The Privacy Act of 1988 was initially passed as a means of protecting private information from being misused, mainly when stored online. The act follows a set of principles rather than rigid rules, but its overall purpose is to protect individuals, organisations and the government from the invasion of privacy. Any information gathered needs to be necessary to the cause of the organisation, or service, and any details no longer needed, is required to be destroyed or removed from their databases. All information should be kept safe, regardless of the reason for it being acquired, and organisations are compelled to provide full transparency regarding any use of personal information online.