IT Governance, or Information Technology Governance, is a subset of Corporate Governance focused on information technology (IT) systems performance and risk management. There is a continual interest in IT governance as a result of compliance initiatives and the knowledge that IT projects can easily get out of control and have a serious effect on the performance of a company.
A characteristic theme of IT governance discussions is that IT can no longer operate in a “black box.” Traditionally, board-level executives stayed out of the IT decision making process. IT governance implies a system in which all stakeholders, including the board, have input into the information technology decision making process. This prevents IT from independently making decisions that can affect the outcome of the entire organization.
A popular new certification program has been implemented by the It's called Certified in the Governance of Enterprise Information Technology or certification is an advanced certification created in 2007. It is designed for experienced professionals serving in a management or advisory role focused on the governance and control of IT at an enterprise level.