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Monday, November 07, 2011

Galaxy set for 5th ICT public sector forum

Galaxy event recently.

Plans have been advanced for the forthcoming Galaxy Backbone Plc organised public sector focused on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Infrastructure and Services Company forum.

Confirming this, the Corporate Communication Manager, Galaxy Backbone Plc, Mr. Franklyn Ginger-Eke said that the 5th edition in the series, would focus on Information Security.

The event scheduled in the coming weeks, he said, would also feature Public Presentation of ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification to Galaxy Backbone Plc by the British Standards Institute (BSI).

He recalled that Galaxy Backbone Plc was recently awarded the ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification on Information Security Management System (ISMS).

Eke quoted the Group Head, Customer Operations & Services at Galaxy, Mr. Yusuf Kazaure, as saying “Galaxy Backbone ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification is an independent validation of our ability to protect information assets from all manners of threats. Galaxy Backbone is the first public sector organization in Nigeria to be so certified and the third in Nigeria.”

He explained that the public sector ICT Infrastructure forum is a Stakeholders Awareness Series (SAS) hosted by Galaxy Backbone Plc to engender dialogue on how public institutions and other stakeholders could further leverage the benefits of ICT infrastructure and services to deliver efficient public sector services.

Kazaure said, Galaxy Backbone plans to use the opportunity of the ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification to raise stakeholder awareness on information security issues such as cyber security, information security, disaster recovery and business continuity planning and its implications for supporting the role of ICT in governance and national development.

The company, he said, commenced the journey to ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification in 2009, stressing that over this period, the company focused on the key objective of putting in place a globally accepted standard of information security management process that would guarantee the trustworthiness of its Data Centre services and Network Operations Centre. The certification has increased the confidence of our customers and key stakeholders to our commitment to benchmark international best practices in our business processes.

He pointed out that the certification process involved auditing and verification of Galaxy’s Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) practices by the British Standards Institute (BSI).

“Passing a rigorous audit of this nature conducted by such a world-renowned standards body establishes Galaxy as a Nigerian company with processes at par with global standards,” he said.

This certification is also 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 National Vision 20:2020.

More significantly, the certification further reinforces the important role of ICT as a major tool towards the attainment of a 21st century economy and society. With the certification, Galaxy Backbone is well positioned to support Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the delivery of efficient and cost-effective services to Nigerians.

He said, this event would also feature the formal presentation of ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certificate to the honourable Minster for Communication Technology.

Remmy Nweke

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