SON moves to curb cyber crimes with new ISO certification

Farouk-Salim SON DG

Farouk Salim SON DG

By Rukayat Moisemhe

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has unveiled plans to checkmate cybercrimes with its ISO 27001 Information Security Management Systems Courses (ISMS) certification.

Director-General (D-G), SON, Malam Farouk Salim, made this known in a report generated from the agency’s certification validation exercise made available to newsmen on Friday in Lagos.

The D-G said that the aim the certification was to standardise the nation’s Information Technology (IT) sector.

He said the certification will checkmate hacking and other cybercrimes which had led to huge financial losses worth over N200 billion annually.

Salim added that the effort was part of SON’s commitment to sanitising the IT industry through training and implementation of the International Organization for Standardisation’s (ISO) Standards.

The D-G said the validation of the ISO 27001 ISMS course was part of the organization’s effort to guarantee confidence in its ability to offer full training and packages to the Nigerian IT Industry.

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He added that the validation course would amongst others provide the organization with holistic and strategic packages to boost reliability and efficiency through the regulatory agencies and professional bodies.

The SON boss further said that the training would also ensure the organization could commence offering ISO 27001 Information Security Management Systems Courses for institutions and businesses.

“This training when deployed would address standardization and regulatory deficits in the IT sector.

“It would also help institutions and businesses that wish to secure their information away from hackers and other cyber security threats.

“The training will also increase SON’s pool of qualified auditors in pursuant of the execution of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between SON and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the nation’s foremost supervisory body for Information Technology.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that SON training services directorate had announced the release of the year 2022 training programmes.

NAN also reports that the organization has commenced the circulation of enrollment forms to the general public for various courses scheduled for the year.

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