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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Galaxy is ISO/IEC 27001: 2005 compliant

The Federal Government-owned Galaxy Backbone plc has become the first certified public sector entity in the country with the ISO/IEC 27001:2005 Certification on Information Security Management System (ISMS) practice.

ISO/IEC 27001 is the formal set of specifications against which organizations may seek independent certification of their Information Security Management System (ISMS).

The Marketing Communications Manager, Galaxy Backbone, Mr. Franklin Ginger-Eke, confirmed this to ITRealms Online, saying that the feat is in line with the vision of Galaxy enable digital inclusion in the country.

Galaxy Backbone plc, he said, is the first public sector Information and Communication Technology (ICT) company of the Federal Government to be awarded the ISO/IEC 27001:2005 Certification on Information Security Management System (ISMS) practice.

He quoted the Internal Auditor, Owoicho Igoji, who doubled as the Chief Information Security Officer until recently as saying, the journey to ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification commenced in 2009.

“We remained focused on the key objective of putting in place a globally accepted standard of information security management process that would guarantee the trustworthiness of our data centre services, network operations and shore up the confidence of our customers and key stakeholders” he said.

Igoji also highlighted that the certification process involved the auditing and verification of Galaxy’s Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) practices by the British Standards Institute (BSI), the accredited certification agency from the United Kingdom.

He said that by passing a rigorous audit of this nature conducted by such a world-renowned standards body established Galaxy as a Nigerian company with processes at par with global standards.

In his comment, Group Head, Strategy & Development at Galaxy, Sadiq Abubakar said, that the benefits of the certification amongst others includes brand enhancement, reduced business risks, market differentiation, improved risk rating, evidence of due diligence, linkages with other management systems, proven capacity to address other industry standards and increased customers and stakeholders confidence and trust in the capacity of the company to safeguard their information assets.

He noted that with this development, Galaxy Backbone plc has joined a select group of only three organisations in Nigeria to be so certified.

He described the certification as a positive milestone for the Federal Government as it resonates with the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan and underscores Government’s commitment to achieving the nation’s Vision 20:2020.

Additionally, he said, the certification reinforced the important role of ICT as a major tool towards the attainment of a 21st century knowledge and information society as outlined in the mandate of the recently created Ministry of Communication Technology.

“With the certification, Galaxy is well positioned to support government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the delivery of efficient public services to Nigerians,” he assured.

Remmy Nweke

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1 comment:

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