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Garry Barnes
Vital Advisory
Garry Barnes, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC
ISO/IEC27001 LI (PECB) ISO27001 LA (PECB)
Practice Lead, Governance Advisory at Vital Advisory.

Garry has twenty-five years of experience in IT governance, information security, IT audit, and risk management, helping public and private organisations meet both their business goals and their regulatory and other obligations. He has extensive experience with globally recognised frameworks and standards including COBIT5, ISO27001, ISO31000 and privacy. Garry is also a sought-after presenter within organisations and at international conferences and seminars. He is also an experienced trainer in ISO 27001, risk management and security.

Garry has held significant leadership roles as a volunteer for ISACA, including International Director and Treasurer, member of ISACA’s Audit and Risk Committee, Strategic Advisory Council, Credentialing and Career Management Board, and CISM Certification Committee (including chairing the committee), and an exam item writer for CISM certification. He has also participated in developing COBIT 5 for Information Security and provided subject matter expert review of many ISACA publications. He is a Past President and Director of the Sydney Chapter of ISACA.

In his spare time, he coaches an Under 12s girls’ soccer team.

Closing the Governance Gap: Improving your Business Through Comprehensive Strategy


Garry Barnes, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, Practice Lead, Governance Advisory at Vital Interacts and ISACA Expert Speaker, provides insights into ISACA global research, “Better Tech Governance is Better for Business,” released in Q4 2017. The research highlights the need for governance in leadership and the boardroom; while executives recognize that better governance of information and technology has a positive impact on business outcomes and increased agility, not enough organisations are putting that knowledge into action. This governance gap calls for business and IT goals to align; boards need to fully leverage technology to improve business outcomes while diligently safeguarding the organisation’s digital assets.

Dive into the research’s highlights, which show that leadership teams recognise that internal cyber threats are as real as external ones, and yet only 55 percent say their organisation’s leadership team and board are “doing everything they can” to safeguard their organisation’s digital assets and data. Additionally, most organisations are not planning to increase funding for training over the next year.

When 69% of respondents admit that they need to establish a clearer connection between business goals and IT goals, how can an organisation address the governance gap? How can an enterprise develop a comprehensive governance, risk and security strategy? Learn how to improve your business through comprehensive strategy that addresses the governance gap and align tech investments with enterprise strategy.

Delivering strong project management and governance has been an integral part of Mr Barnes’ twenty-five years of experience in IT governance, information security, IT audit, and risk management, helping public and private organisations meet both their business goals and their regulatory and other obligations.