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NIMC attains global standards in InfoSecurity - ITREALMS

To ensure the security of data and information obtained from citizens the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has attained the highest global standards for Information Security Management System (ISMS) reports ITREALMS.

as it steps up enrolment and issuance of the National Identification Number (NIN).

The Director-General of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, disclosed this to ITREALMS in Abuja, saying it was in line with the Commission’s commitment to security of information and data.
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“We obtained the ISO/IEC 27001:2013, which is a global information security standard that formally specifies an Information Security Management System (ISMS) to safeguard the data and information obtained from citizens and legal residents in line with global best practices,” he said.

According to Aziz, the ISMS “prescribes a set of best practices that include documentation requirements, divisions of responsibility, availability, access control, security, auditing and corrective as well as preventive measures.”

This, he said would make certain sufficient security of data being collected from citizens and legal residents as the commission gears up to attain 100 per cent enrolment in the on-going efforts to ensure every Nigerian is enrolled and issued the National Identification Number (NIN).

ITREALMS recalled that the mandatory usage of the NIN took effect as at January 1, 2019.

As noted by DG, in this era of rising cyber-attacks, national institutions such as NIMC that hold national data are taking several security precautions to keep their information vault safe. NIMC as the custodian of the most important data in the country, therefore, has taken that a notch higher by embracing the best global practice in data security.

Chuks Egbune/DoP

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