Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has been awarded triple International Organisation for Standardisation Certification, which comprise of ISO/IEC 27001- for Information Security; ISO 20000 – for IT Service Management and ISO 22301 – for Business Continuity Management.
The award also came along with PAS 99:2012 Integrated Management System certification by the British Standard Institute (BSI).
A statement from the bank, quoted its Executive Director, Ohis Ohewerei, as saying that the bank remains committed to following global practices and standards to ensure its customers enjoy the highest quality of service delivery, efficiency and convenience at all times.
Ohewerei, who spoke at the presentation of the certificate, explained that “for us, holding these standards offers stakeholders increased confidence and ensures effective business continuity management, information security and information technology service at all levels.
“As a Bank, we are dedicated to preserving the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all physical and electronic assets of the bank with the sole objective of enhancing the customer experience through improved information security.
“The Bank’s firm commitment remains centred on providing superior IT service delivery, the timely resumption of the Bank’s business operations in the unlikely occurrence of an incident and the protection of its staff and the organization in its entirety,” he added.
According to Theuns Kotze, Regional Managing Director BSI, Middle East & Africa, “to achieve certification to these standards, a company must show a continuous, structured commitment towards assessing security risks, managing sensitive information, and ensuring a holistic plan is in place to respond to any potential disruptions.
“In obtaining these certifications, Guaranty Trust Bank clearly demonstrates that they are operating at this level and meets the needs of their customers. Also, GTBank is the first organisation in Nigeria to obtain and fully implement these certifications in its operational processes.”
BSI certification recognises companies that have implemented systems and structures that ensure their operations are in line with international best practices. With more than 70,000 certified clients and more full-time assessors than any other certification body worldwide, the BSI Group is one of the largest and most experienced certification bodies focused primarily on training, auditing and certification of qualified organisations.