EGA migrates successfully to ISO 27001:2013

Audit of aluminium giant’s Information Security Management System yields latest certification

United Arab Emirates: With the information technology wave sweeping the business world and the simultaneous rise of security incidents (as per a recent global survey, 38 per cent more security incidents were detected in 2015 than in 2014), business leaders worldwide agree unanimously on the need for adequate and proportionate security controls. Indeed, the importance for such measures is fundamental to the deep commitment to sustainability and business continuity at Emirates Global Aluminium (“EGA”), where a strong Information security management system (“ISMS”) is considered essential for providing secure, reliable and highly available information security system to its employees, customers and business partners.

On the basis of this premise, EGA obtained initial certification to the ISO 27001:2005 ISMS standard in 2006 (in DUBAL) and in 2012 (in EMAL) as a part of its corporate information security compliance programme, which aims to reduce the threat and vulnerability posed to the business continuity by information security risks. Excellent work done in the interim by the Information Technology department has led to the development of an integrated information security system at EGA, which was certified to the more stringent ISO 27001:2013 ISMS standard (an upgraded version of the 2005 edition) on 12 July 2015. Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (“LRQA”, an internationally renowned third-party certification body) issued the certificate to EGA after conducting a comprehensive audit.

Commenting on the achievement, Abdulla Jassem bin Kalban (MD & CEO of EGA) said, “Successfully migrating to the more advanced ISO 27001 standard reflects our corporate commitment to continuous improvement. It also confirms that EGA’s Information security practices and controls comply with international standards and best practices, thus ensuring the security of our information assets.”

Ahmad Al Mulla (Senior Vice President, I.T.) presented the ISO 27001:2013 Certificate to Abdulla Jassem bin Kalban (MD & CEO), with Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei (CEO: UAE Operations), Senior Vice Presidents, Senior Managers, and core team members of EGA’s Information Technology and Quality Assurance departments in attendance.