Zenith Bank Gets British Standards Institution Certifications

Jim Ovia


ZENITH Bank recorded another milestone when it received three certifications from British Standards Institution, BSI, recently. The certifications received by the bank are the BIS certifications for Information Security Management System ISO/IEC 27001:20013, IT Service Management System ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 and Business Continuity Management System, ISO 22301:2012.

Jim Ovia, chairman, Zenith Bank, who received the certificates from Mike Purves, deputy British High Commissioner, at a ceremony in Lagos, said the bank’s commitment to these internationally accepted standards stems from a resolve to deepen customer experience through greater information security, an efficient IT management system and a robust business continuity plan that emphasises the protection of the customers and their investments in an increasingly unpredictable business environment. “Certification to these three standards is strong proof of the bank’s commitment to implement policies and practices that meet globally recognized standards.”

Peter Amangbo, managing director, Zenith Bank Plc.

Also, Peter Amangbo, chief executive officer of the bank, said Zenith Bank was proud to have achieved this milestone, adding that technology was at the core of the bank’s business strategy to meet the needs of its customers. “For us, the customer is the reason we are in business, therefore it is essential that we deliver exceptional customer services. Certification to these standards will assist us in doing this. Today is a landmark occasion. Landmark, not just because Zenith Bank is being awarded, but today is actually a special journey for me.

“We are talking of a three in one award and this is the first time in the history of this country that any institution at all, whether financial institution, manufacturing or service industry would be having these three certifications at the same time. I want to say that the award itself comes with a lot of responsibilities. It challenges us further to ensure that we keep to the tenets of the awards and I want to assure the BSI and all those present here today that the management and board of Zenith Bank is absolutely committed to continue to support this initiative and we would continue to give our support to ensure that this bank gains other certifications. We should not rest on our oars.

“We would also ensure that the award and all what it stands for is engraved in our DNA. Becoming certified to these three standards provides evidence in our efforts to comply with local and international regulations relating to data protection, privacy and IT governance. We hope through implementing ISO/IEC 27001, it will give greater confidence to our customers,” he said.

— Jul 15, 2015 @ 18:30 GMT


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