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ISACA® CGEIT® study guide mind map

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CGEIT Exam Passing Principles

The job profile of the CGEIT® (Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT) published in 2008 is the consistent enhancement of the initiative started in the area of IT governance: at that time, the IT Governance Institute was founded and the first COBIT® version published as a synthesis of more than 30 national and international standards. The manifold, since then published ITGI documents, covering all aspects of IT governance, as well as the numerous certified CGEIT®s reflect the relevance of the consistent expansion of governance in information technology.



The CGEIT® job profile was first published in 2008, and CGEIT® job description has been adapted for the exam in 2013.

Overview of the CGEIT® certification

About the CGEIT® exam

Domain 1: Framework for the Governance of Enterprise IT

Domain 1 - CGEIT® Exam Relevance

Benefits of IT Governance (ITG)

IT Governance (ITG)

9 Rules for Better Governance

Techniques for IT Strategy

Enterprise Architecture

3 Key things to establishing a Framework

4 Types of changes

Standards related to Governance of Enterprise IT (GEIT) (selected)

Standards related to Management of Enterprise IT (a.k.a. "forest of methodologies, standards, frameworks")

Basic IT Governance (ITG) related definitions (from ISACA® CGEIT® perspective)


Asset (ISACA®)

Benefits Realization (COBIT® 5)

Business case (ISACA®)


Goal (Mission)

IT Governance (ITG)

Objectives (milestones)

Portfolio (ISACA®)

Portfolio Management (ISACA®)


Project (ISACA®)




Value (ISACA®)

Value creation (COBIT® 5)

Value delivery


Domain 2: Strategic Management

Domain 2 - CGEIT® Exam Relevance

Alignment between business and IT

Strategic planning processes and techniques

Impact of changes in business strategy on IT Strategy

Barriers to the achievement of strategic alignment

Policies and procedures necessary to support IT and business strategic alignment

Methods to document and communicate IT strategic planning processes

Current and future technologies

Prioritization processes related to IT initiatives

Scope, objectives and benefits of IT investment programs & projects


Project Management tools and techniques (non-exhaustive list)

6 methods to cascade business and IT objectives to key personnel

Strategic Alignment and Roles

Domain 3: Benefits Realization

Domain 3 - CGEIT® Exam Relevance

Lack of Benefits Realization

Enterprise Governance of IT Focus Areas

Val IT Framework

Value Governance Practices

Investment Management

Portfolio Management

The Business Case

7 Best Practices for Systems Development

Domain 4: Risk Optimization

Domain 4 - CGEIT® Exam Relevance

Risk Management

Asset risk

Hazard risk

Strategic risk

Risk Hierarchy - 4 Levels of Risk

3 domains in the Risk IT framework

IT Risk in the Risk Hierarchy (from ISACA® Risk IT™ perspective)

Three IT Risk Categories (from ISACA® Risk IT™ perspective)

3 basic types of SLAs (based on ITIL®)

IT services sourcing models

Availability Management

Domain 5: Resource Optimization

Domain 5 - CGEIT® Exam Relevance

Resource Management

4 Critical IT Resources

IT Provisioning

Human Resource Management (HRM)

Value of Human Resources

7 key factors to increase productivity and help reduce IT staff turnover

Cost-benefit Analysis (CBA)

Nonfinancial Cost Benefit Analysis (nCBA)

Roles and Responsibilities


Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Chief Risk Officer (CRO)

Chief Security Officer (CSO)

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Chief Information Risk Officer (CIRO)

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Business Executive

Business Process Owner

Strategy Committee (IT Executive)

IT Sterring Commitee

Project and Programme Steering Committees

Architecture Board

Enterprise Risk Committee

Head of HR



Head of Architecture

Head of Development

Head of IT Operations

Head of IT Administration

Programme and Project Management Office (PMO)

Value Management Office (VMO)

Service Manager

CGEIT® Official website

Official Recommended exam study materials


Development Guides

ISACA® CGEIT® Review Manual 2015

ISACA® CGEIT® Review Questions, Answers & Explanations Manual 2015 Supplement

ISACA® CGEIT® Review Questions, Answers & Explanations Manual 2015

Interactive Glossary

Interactive CGEIT® Glossary

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