Blazing the Global Best Practice Trail

Blazing the Global Best Practice Trail

In April 2013, Digital Jewels became the first professional services firm in Nigeria to certify an organization to the ISO2000 standard- the global standard for IT Service Delivery. This further demonstrates our commitment and passion to break barriers and add distinctive value. The client, First Bank Plc, a major financial institution in Nigeria, also became the first Bank in Africa to attain accreditation to this globally acclaimed standard with notably enhanced service levels to attest to this. Digital Jewels supports the majority of certifying organizations in Nigeria today in the process of accreditation to international best practice standards, having overseen 6 certification projects in over 9 audit exercises (Certification & Surveillance) across 4 key standards– the Information Security Management System (ISMS – ISO27001), the IT Service Management System (ITSMS – ISO2000), the Business Continuity Management System (BCMS – ISO22301), and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCIDSS). Our Consulting team were extremely busy in the year 2013, kicking off the year with a landmark project: ISO 27001 implementation for the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC. Within the first quarter, the Firm had concluded two major global certification projects for the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCIDSS): NIBSS (conducted in record time), and Unity Bank Plc. The First Bank Plc ISO 20000 (IT Service Management Standard) accreditation followed speedily in April, making history! As a foremost PCIDSS Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), the Firm took the initiative to offer assistance to the Apex financial regulatory body, the Central Bank of Nigeria, in its quest to fortify security of the e-payment value chain given its unrelenting emphasis on Cashless Nigeria. As a result, the Firm was appointed as auditors to assess the Banking Sector’s level of compliance to the CBN directive of attaining PCIDSS accreditation in the 4th Quarter of 2013. The Telecoms sector was not left out of the best practice trail as our Consultants conducted a rigorous large scale Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration testing exercise for the largest telco company in the country. The Oil and Gas Sector awakened to the benefits of implementing global best practice standards as our Consultants were engaged to support a leading Oil Company to implement the ISO27001 standard. More accreditations are in progress. We did not stop at the shores of Nigeria as we once again ventured to Ghana, this time to conduct an Information Security Assessment based on the ISO27001 and PCIDSS Standards and provide remediation management support. Other industry shaping initiatives are ongoing.