“IT governance is the responsibility of the board of directors and executive management. It is an integral part of enterprise governance and consists of the leadership and organizational structures and processes that ensure that the organization’s IT sustains and extends the organization’s strategies and objectives.”
"Board Briefing on IT Governance" second edition 2003:
Board members need diverse skills and expertise in many areas - and that includes information technology and IT governance.
Essentially, boards are as accountable for IT and the associated strategic risks as they are for finance and legal compliance issues. Governance starts at the top and the board should provide the leadership and oversight in setting strategy, managing risks, delivering value, and measuring performance.
Technology is ubiquitous in organizations, and because Information Technology affects every area of an organization, boards need to review how critical IT is for the delivery of their company's strategy.
One of my goals as an IT professional is to increase the awareness of IT governance at the executive and board level.