Jafza implements best-in-class information systems, minimizing security risks

Jafza implements best-in-class information systems, minimizing security risks
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Published December 9th, 2010 - 09:18 GMT

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Economic Zones World (EZW) and its flagship operator Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) announced that it has received the prestigious ISO 27001 certification for its Information Security Management System (ISMS). This certification confirms the most stringent level of standards for information security management and is respected and recognized across all industries.

ISMS is a systematic approach to managing sensitive company information in order to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data pertaining to customers, employees and trading partners. ISO 27001 is an auditable international standard which defines the requirements for Information Security Management Systems.

As part of the ISO 27001 compliance process, EZW has systematically examined information security risks, taking account of the threats, vulnerabilities and impacts. EZW then designed and implemented a comprehensive set of controls and other forms of measures to address those risks that are deemed unacceptable.

Additionally, the company has now adopted best practice management processes to ensure that the information security controls continue to meet the organization's information security needs on an ongoing basis. Periodic surveillance visits by third party auditors help the organization to stay vigilant and ensure continued compliance with the standards.

EZW recently conducted training sessions related to ISMS awareness for its employees, briefing them on information security threats and measures that should be adopted on a continuous basis by individuals in order to minimize associated risks.

Ibrahim Mohamed Al Janahi, Deputy CEO of Jafza and Chief Commercial Officer said: "EZW is an organization with complex security needs and we are part of an industry that demands protection of important information assets. Receiving this ISO 27001 certification confirms our commitment to providing a safe and secure business environment for our clients at all times. We are continuously evaluating and enhancing existing systems to find optimal solutions in our operations, which includes implementing the best available information security infrastructure."

In addition to the ISO 27001 certification, Jafza has also developed a process based Quality Management System meeting ISO standards which documents all core business and support processes in the free zone. In 1996 Jafza won ISO accreditation (ISO 9002:1994) becoming the first ISO certified free zone in the world for its Quality Management System. It was later enhanced to ISO 9001:2000 levels in the year 2001 and the quality was actively maintained till 2009 after which it was upgraded to ISO 9001:2008 standards. 

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