ASSIST launches SHIFT Project in Indonesia

18 03 2011

CEOs and decision-makers from the banking, financial services, telecommunications and hospitality industries, among other sectors, gathered for the SHielding Income and Financial Transactions (SHIFT) Project Launch last March 16 at the Hotel Dharmawangsa in Jakarta, Indonesia.

 Co-financed by DEG and implemented by ASSIST and TUV Rheinland Indonesia, SHIFT i a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) that seeks to maintsream information security measures in the market. It drew interest especially in Indonesia, which ranks as the second worst country in terms of dealing with credit card fraud.

The Project Implementors planned to hold training activities to build the local capacity in this field, and create ripple effect in the market. Among such activities are technical training and certification programs focusing on information security (ISO 27001 & PCI DSS), which will be conducted in April or May in Jakarta and Bali. Ten interested companies will be selected on May and technical assistance will be provided to align their systems and processes with ISO 27001 and PCI DSS standards.

Present during the launch were Mr. Sathappan Sathappan, ASSIST Projects and Grants Management Director, Mr. How Kang Yit of TUV Rheinland Malaysia Security Audits and Assessments, and Mr. Muhammad Bascharul Asana and Mr. Nicolas Pitet, President Director and Deputy General Manager Business Development of TUV Rheinland Indonesia, respectively.

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EQUIPBPO holds Awareness Training on Information Security, Quality and Health and Safety Standards

5 03 2011

ASSIST and TÜV Rheinland, partners under the EQUIPBPO (Enhanced QUality and Information security Program for Businesses and Professionals in the Outsourcing sector), conducted an awareness training on the ISO 9001:2008, ISO 27001:2005, and Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS) last February 28 to March 2, 2011 at the TÜV Rheinland in Makati City.

Participants of the ISO awareness training at TÜV Rheinland, Makati City

ISO 9001:2008 is the most widely recognized international standard for Quality Management, which provides guidance for documentation requirements for an effective quality management system. The course introduced the basic principles of Quality Management and ways through which organizations can control and continuously improve product quality and/or service performance.

Meanwhile, ISO 27001 is a set of guidelines for Information Security System, which is necessary to help protect critical business activities and processes in times of disasters and catastrophes. The EQUIPBPO project team helped the participants understand, assess and address the Information Security Risks within their organization.

Finally, the training covered the basics of and the international best practices on health and safety, based on the OHSAS 18001 standard. Participants learned steps for Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments, as well as risk mitigation measures.

The course was facilitated by Raj Kumar, a Senior Process Consultant from the Environmental Compliance Consultants International (ECCI) with extensive experience and exposure on Information Security and Quality Management Systems, Vulnerability assessments, Business Continuity Management and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI). Raj has been trained and certified on many modalities including but not limited to Ethical Hacking, ISO Family of Standards and IT Service Continuity Management.

ECCI is known in the region for its expertise in knowledge acquisition, development, packaging and dissemination, quality, productivity, risk management, information technology, environment, health and safety, human resource and organizational development. Meanwhile, TÜV Rheinland is a leading global provider of technical services, operating in 490 locations in 61 countries.# MPY