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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Galaxy Backbone achieves secure critical national ICT infrastructure

*Ilukwe hands over to Kazaure


Leading Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services provider to the Federal Government, Galaxy Backbone Ltd, has achieved yet another feat in securing critical national ICT infrastructure, reports ITRealms.

This is coming as the outgoing Managing Director, Mr. Gerald Ilukwe has smoothly handed over to his successor, Mr. Yusuf Kazaure.

According to Mr. Franklyn Ginger-Eke of Stakeholder Management unit, Galaxy Backbone Ltd in a press statement made available to ITRealms, this achievement positions Galaxy as first public institution in Nigeria and sub-Sahara Africa to achieve certification with a newer version-ISO27001:2013 by the British Standard Institute (BSI).

ITRealms notes that Galaxy Backbone Ltd received the certificate for the newer version - ISO27001:2013 from the British Standard Institute this week, after undergoing Information and Security Management Systems (ISMS) verification and recertification audit exercise in June 2014.

He also revealed that Galaxy received the initial certification to ISO/IEC 27001:2005 in 2011, stressing that certification was valid for 3 years and expired on 5th July 2014 and thus threw up the need for a fresh assessment for Galaxy to retain the certification.

Adducing reasons for the recertification of the initial version - ISO27001:2005 and transition to the newer version, Igoji Owoicho, Head of Internal Audit and driver of ISMS in Galaxy Backbone, pointed out that based on BSI rules, “companies already certified against the ISO/IEC 27001:2005 revision will have to transit to a newer version which came in to force in October 2013.”

Owoicho said that 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,” Owoicho said.

The certification, he further said, 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.

The outgoing Managing Director/Chief Executive, Galaxy Backbone, Gerald Ilukwe, said that the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification is an independent revalidation of our ability to protect information assets from all manner of threats.


Galaxy Backbone, Ilukwe said, they used the opportunity of the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 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.

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Pix: Yusuf Kazaure, MD/CE Galaxy Backbone Ltd in a congratulatory handshake with Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, SGF and Chairman, Board of Directors, Galaxy Backbone Ltd at a valedictory board meeting and formal presentation of handover notes by Gerald Chukwuka Ilukwe, outgoing MD.

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