ISO/IEC 38500 helps the governing bodies to understand the importance of Information Technology (IT) by providing principles, definitions, and a model. Generally the ISO/IEC 38500 standard is intended to help all types of organizations in evaluating, directing and monitoring the use of Information Technology (IT), regardless of the degree of IT usage.
The purpose of ISO/IEC 38500 standard is to promote an effective, efficient and acceptable use of IT in all organizations by informing and guiding governing bodies in governing the IT use and establishing an IT governance vocabulary.
ISO/IEC 38500 consists of management practices and decisions associated with the current and future use of IT.
ISO/IEC 38500 helps in assisting governing bodies to ensure that the use of IT contributes positively to the performance of the organization. Therefore, by fulfilling ISO/IEC 38500 requirements, the organizations are able to monitor IT usage, ensure business continuity and sustainability, align IT with business needs and ensure appropriate implementation and operation of IT assets.