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Ghana: First National Bank attains ISO/IEC 27001:2022 Certification for Strong Data Security

First National Bank has earned the esteemed certification of ISO/IEC 27001:2022, showcasing its commitment to implementing a robust system for identifying and addressing data security risks effectively.

ISO/IEC 27001, as an internationally recognized standard, establishes the criteria for creating, implementing, sustaining, and enhancing an Information Security Management System (ISMS).

The attainment of ISO/IEC 27001:2022 certification demands a rigorous evaluation of an organization’s information security management processes. First National Bank’s achievement in securing this certification underscores its unwavering dedication to safeguarding customer data and establishes a standard of excellence within Ghana’s financial sector.

Presenting the certificate to the bank, Nii Abeka Gyeshie, the ISO27001 Certification Auditor, commended First National Bank for leading with example. He encouraged the bank to continually improve its ISMS through regular audits, reviews and updates.

Warren Adams, Chief Executive Officer of First National Bank Ghana, explained that in an era where data breaches and cyber threats are on the rise, the importance of securing sensitive information cannot be overstated.

“Banks like ours handle vast amounts of sensitive data and we recognize the paramount importance of safeguarding our customers’ information,” Mr. Adams said. “The decision to pursue ISO/IEC 27001:2022 certification is a strategic move to elevate our commitment to data security. This certification goes beyond a mere compliance checklist. It demonstrates our proactive stance in identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks associated with information security.”

Further elaborating, he emphasized that First National Bank acknowledges the prevalent role of human error in security incidents. Consequently, the bank has made significant investments in training programs aimed at augmenting employees’ awareness of security best practices.

“Our focus remains being better positioned to maintain operational resilience, even in the face of evolving cyber threats, thanks to the proactive measures we have,” Mr. Adams said.

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