Wednesday, June 11, 2008

DoF participates in ISO meeting in Japan

DoF's participation - the first-ever by a governmental organisation from the GCC region - reflects its commitment to adopting the latest total quality standards at all levels of Governmental practice, especially in the information security. 

This is in line with DoF's preparations to acquire the ISO 27001 Certificate by the end of this year. 

The participants in the Kyoto meeting discussed several topics related to information security systems, including applied standards and universal measurements set by ISO in this sector. 

The participants brought up issues pertaining to information security management for critical infrastructure and information security governance. 

'Our participation comes in line with the directives of DoF's top management represented by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman; H.E. Hamad Al Hurr Al Suwaidi and H.E. Mohammed Sultan Al Hameli, Executive Director, to enhance the level of IT performance and security. DoF has achieved several milestones in implementing its IT infrastructure and now works to add more value and to enhance overall quality standards,' said Salem Al Rumaithi, Head of the IT Directorate at DoF. 

The discussions at Kyoto focused on a series of standards that will help in establishing and maintaining an efficient information management system, using a constant improvement approach. Putting these standards into practice will help attain the security control objectives through a recommended range of specific security controls. 

Butti Al Rumaithi, Head of Information Security Office, said: 'We are committed to improving the performance of IT systems and information security procedures by adopting International best practices in this field. During the meeting, we exchanged ideas about ways of managing information systems and enhancing their security. We also shared views concerning the implementation of international standards related to data protection and risk management. We look forward to leveraging the department's participation in specialised International meetings, as we consider that developing the overall performance and enhancing security of our IT systems is one of our top priorities.' 

DoF recently launched its Strategic Plan for 2008-2012 which included priorities that call to develop state-of-the-art IT technologies to support the future role and activities of the Department.


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