The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has revealed plans to checkmate hacking and other cybercrimes with its ISO 27001 Information Security Management Systems Courses certification which is aimed at systemizing the country’s Information Technology sector.
The Director-General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, made this known in a report generated from the agency’s certification validation exercise on Friday in Lagos.
Salim said cybercrimes had led to huge financial losses, worth over N200 billion annually, adding that the effort was part of SON’s commitment to sanitise the IT industry through training and implementation of the International Organisation for Standardisation’s standards.
Salim said the validation of the ISO 27001 ISMS course was to guarantee confidence in its ability to offer full training and certification packages to the Nigerian IT industry.
He added that the validation course would, amongst others, provide the organisation with holistic and strategic packages to boost reliability and efficiency through the regulatory agencies and professional bodies.
Salim also said the training would ensure that SON could start offering ISO 27001 Information Security Management Systems Courses for institutions and businesses.
“This training, when deployed, will address standardisation and regulatory deficits in the IT sector.
“It will 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 between SON and the National Information Technology Development Agency, the nation’s foremost supervisory body for Information Technology,” the SON boss said.
The SON training services directorate also announced the release of the year 2022 training programmes and the commencement of the circulation of enrolment forms to the public for various courses scheduled for the year.