Political corporate governance of ICT: Essential for national service delivery and security

Tersia Van Der Walt, Sebastiaan Von Solms

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In any developing country, delivering of proper services to the people of the country, on a national level by the incumbent Government, is crucial to the social and economic development and stability and security of the country. A sound ICT system is essential to achieve this. This PhD project investigated the Political Corporate Governance of ICT (PCGICT) in South Africa (SA) and identified how the lack of such political governance and accountability for ICT is core to the problems with service delivery, fraud and corruption in SA. The identified weaknesses of the present system of PCGICT and the relation with bad service delivery was informed by several strategic reports and audits, amongst others by the Auditor-General of SA (AGSA). Using international best practices for ICT, some strategic planning documents created by the Government itself and the identified weaknesses as drivers, a new model and structure for PCGICT in SA was created. It was shown how the new structure, which consolidated many dysfunctional and disjoint existing ICT governance mechanisms into a sound structure with clear accountabilities, addressed most, if not all of the problems identified by the AGSA. The proposed model is also much more in line with the outcomes of Government plans over many years, which were never implemented. The proposed model clearly highlights the importance for Political Corporate Governance of ICT in a developing country to really leverage the benefits of ICT for the country as a whole.One core component of the proposed model, which was escalated right up to the highest level of Government, is the accountability from the highest level of the political structures for Information and Cyber Security (ICSec). In the proposed model, accountability for ICSec was consolidated and escalated right to the top of the Government structure. This ensures that national security of the country will surely be improved and will therefore realise strategic benefits for SA.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ECCWS 2017
EditorsMark Scanlon, Nhien-An Le-Khac
PublisherCurran Associates Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781911218432
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event16th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ECCWS 2017 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 29 Jun 201730 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameEuropean Conference on Information Warfare and Security, ECCWS
ISSN (Print)2048-8602
ISSN (Electronic)2048-8610


Conference16th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ECCWS 2017


  • Accountability
  • Developing countries
  • ICT governance mechanisms
  • Information and cyber security
  • Leadership
  • Political Corporate Governance of ICT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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