Erik Guldentops, until 2010 Executive Professor at the Management School of the University of Antwerp (UAMS), an independent management consultant. He was a member of the boards of the IT Governance Institute and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) in different capacities from 1992 to 2006. He conceived the concepts of CobiT (Control Objectives for Information and related Technology) and has led the developments from 1992 to 2006 that made it into the internationally accepted standard for control and governance of IT. In 2004 also initiated the expansion of this standard beyond the concepts of risk and compliance into the field of IT value with the ValIT project.
On May 1st, 2001, Guldentops retired as director of security at SWIFT. He advised the executive on issues of information security, IT risk, e-trust and IT governance. He had global responsibilities for physical security, information security and business continuity reporting to the executive. Before that he was Chief Inspector, in charge of security audit at the international banking cooperative, reporting to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of SWIFT on issues of risk, control and security. This included responsibility for the operation of a trusted third party function to accommodate the needs for independent security and claim arbitration relative to electronic payments instructions in the banking industry. During that period (1986-1992) he also proposed, initiated and oversaw the development and deployment of the first worldwide public key infrastructure to support the banking industry’s requirement for secure authentication of financial transactions.
Guldentops joined SWIFT in the mid-1970s as a systems engineer, after holding technical supervisory positions in IT in major multinationals. He moved to the security office three years later, where he developed the trusted third party functions and set up the systems audit group. He became audit manager in the early 1980s and chief inspector in 1989. In that period he worked with the SWIFT Board in the development and deployment of rules for Responsibility and Liability in International Payments, and in the set up of governance practices for risk and security oversight. In 1995 he set up the corporate security function and initiated a five-year strategy to enhance and maintain his organisation’s leadership position in secure financial communications. This strategy is executed through a powerful blend of high technology, sophisticated risk management and advanced security awareness practices.
Guldentops is past president of the Benelux Chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), was programme chairman of ISACA’s European Computer Audit, Control and Security Conference and served as ISACA international executive vice president with responsibility for research. He has been a trustee of the board of ISACF for many years and directs ISACA's CobiT Project, with the objective to set an internationally accepted standard for control and governance over IT. The third edition of CobiT was published in 2000, and the fourth edition is underway. He recently led ISACA’s projects for the development of the Board Briefing on IT Governance and Information Security Governance: Guidance for Boards of Directors and Executive Management. He is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and has been a member of its Board of Research Advisors (BORA). He was instrumental in the renewed cooperation between ISACA and IIA, initiating the UNIX joint research project.
Guldentops holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in computer science and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) as well as a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). He frequently speaks at international conferences and has written several articles on the subjects of IT risk management, system reliability, network security, IT value management and IT governance. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2005 J.Wasserman Award for his overall contribution to the IT Audit profession and the 2000 J.Lainhart Award for his impact on the profession’s Common Body of Knowledge.
His current activities concentrate a few high level consulting relationships; on teaching university courses on the subjects of IT Risk management, control, audit and governance; running advanced seminars on IT governance, its implementation and assurance; briefing executives on the importance of IT governance and on advanced related research particularly in value delivery, risk management and performance measurement in cooperation with CIONet, a European organisation of CIO’s.
He also recently chaired the IT Audit Master of Science Accreditation Committee for the joint Belgian-Dutch Academic Authority.
Presentation on IT governance (Thursday 20 September 2012)
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The CONFENIS 2012 Conference is a joint effort of the Economic Council for East Flanders, the Ghent University and the IFIP TC8 Working Group 8.9 on Enterprise Information Systems.
The sixth International Conference on Research and Practical Issues of Enterprise Information Systems, CONFENIS 2012, will be held in Ghent, Belgium, September 19-21, 2012. CONFENIS, The Enterprise Information Systems International Conference on Research and Practical Issues of EIS, is a primary international event of the IFIP TC8 Working Group 8.9. This event provides an opportunity for academicians and practitioners throughout the world to gather, exchange ideas, and present original research in the field of enterprise information systems. Scientists and professionals are invited to address the current research topics in the area or the research frontier at this unique international forum.
Accepted papers will be published as full or short papers in a Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) volume by Springer. Chairman of the conference is prof. dr. Geert Poels, Professor in the rank of Senior lecturer, Department of Management Information and Operations Management, Ghent University.