The East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) has once again demonstrated a steadfast commitment to excellence in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) management, culminating in its recent achievement of ISO certification. The ELIDZ has been honoured with three International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) certificates for ICT standards: ISO 27001, ISO 27017, and ISO 27018, accompanied by an official Audit Report confirming its ICT ISO certification. Following a comprehensive recertification process, the ELIDZ has successfully retained its ISO 27001 certification for six consecutive years. This achievement underscores the ELIDZ’s ongoing commitment to meeting and surpassing the stringent standards outlined by the certification. ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised standard that centres on information security, providing specifications for an effective Information Security Management System (ISMS). By maintaining ISO 27001 certification, the ELIDZ not only mitigates the risk of costly security breaches but also demonstrates to stakeholders its proactive approach to safeguarding data against potential threats.
The recently obtained certifications, ISO 27017 and ISO 27018, establish specifications for managing data privacy within a cloud computing environment as part of the Information Security Management System (ISMS). ISO 27017 aids in minimising the risk of data breaches in cloud computing, while ISO 27018 enhances customer trust by affirming ELIDZ’s dedication to information security. Additionally, these certifications facilitate internal auditing for compliance with responsibilities related to the protection of personal data.
After undergoing a thorough ISO certification audit conducted by an accredited independent ISO Auditor, the ELIDZ demonstrates its commitment to upholding the highest standards of quality, security, and performance. This comprehensive effort aims to mitigate the risk of costly security breaches, effectively manage data privacy within a cloud computing environment, and align ELIDZ’s ICT management systems with international standards. It represents a significant step towards establishing a framework for excellence in ICT governance, risk management, and business continuity.
“At the ELIDZ, we believe in unlocking potential, fostering innovation, and driving economic transformation. Our commitment is not just to meet standards, but to set them – shaping a future where excellence is the norm,” said Mr Simphiwe Kondlo, Chief Executive Officer at the ELIDZ.
“Obtaining ISO certification is not just a milestone for the ELIDZ, it is a testament to our unwavering dedication to quality, security, and performance. It reaffirms our commitment to excellence and underscores our readiness to meet the highest international standards,” remarked Mr Kondlo.
“ISO certification is more than just a validation of our processes; it is a reflection of our commitment to continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. At the ELIDZ, it is not just about achieving certification; it is about ensuring that every aspect of our operations adheres to the highest standards,” emphasised Mr Kondlo.
Tirelessly, the ELIDZ is reviewing and maintaining its management systems as well as improving where necessary. Non-conformances identified by the auditor are promptly and effectively addressed through our corrective action system. This proactive approach ensures regulatory compliance and reassures our stakeholders of ELIDZ’s unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards. By addressing these issues, we are not only shaping the future of ICT in the Eastern Cape but also setting a benchmark for excellence that extends beyond our region.
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