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Re: CoBIT a Security Audit Framework?
From: "J. Oquendo" <sil () infiltrated net>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 13:52:13 -0600

On Mon, 01 Dec 2008, Jon Kibler wrote:

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And what REALLY gets me is that organizations expect you to be able to
do a PEN TEST using CoBIT! When I explain that something like OSSTMM is
a more correct framework for a PEN TEST (or even NIST 800-115 or
800-53A), they don't want to hear it -- its gotta be CoBIT! They have so
many misunderstandings as to what CoBIT is and is not useful for, it is
incredible -- and they are not interested in learning anything different.

Who / what is driving this "CoBIT is the only acceptable IT Security
audit framework" mentality and what can we do to change it?


I should have been a little more clear on my initial post so
apologies for the second email on this. You're comparing
apples and oranges here. ISECOM's OSSTMM framework is great
for the penetration tester and for the testing methodologies
used, especially for the verification purposes however it is
solely a pentesting framework. Your client is probably under-
clued with the differences and wants to maintain CoBIT 
compliance, keeping in tune with the checks and balances of
CoBIT's framework.

If you have the modules' information, they correlate them
for your client on how you will match them up so they can
understand the difference in your testing and how it maps
into the CoBIT framework. In either case of whatever a
company is choosing, there will be overlap, there will be
one over the other, but the bottom line for those asking
for it is likely a need to maintain compliance with the
CoBIT framework. It is a lot more than meets the eye and
is well structured on the information security scale to
both macro and micro manage many portions of security

Irrespective of the testing methodologies used, there is
one end result and its this result that is likely what
your client is worried about. Cobit maps most of the
given frameworks and models and exceeds a lot of them,
when you understand it a little better, you'll likely
see the disconnect in someone asking for a pentest to
help make sure the company is CoBIT compliant:

Search ISACA for the term mapping it will give you a
clearer picture of the mappings and overlap with the


J. Oquendo

"Each player must accept the cards life deals him
or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone
must decide how to play the cards in order to win
the game." Voltaire

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