Posted on February 08, 2017

Qatar University’s (QU) Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) yesterday celebrated renewal of its ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Accreditation Certificate for Information Security Management System Standard for three additional years. This achievement reaffirms QU’s commitment to protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of its information assets.

The certificate was presented to QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham by the British Ambassador to Qatar H.E. Ajay Sharma in the presence of officials and dignitaries from QU, the UK Embassy to Qatar, and the British Standards Institution (BSI) Group Qatar.

In his remarks, Dr Hassan Al Derham said: “Qatar University sought to achieve the ISO certificate for Information Security Management System Standard through adhering to information privacy and security management while ensuring its compliance with the adopted procedures and regulations. In this context, the ITS Department at Qatar University achieved the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Accreditation Certificate for Information Security Management System Standard in December 2013. Three years later, the Department has been awarded renewal of its ISO accreditation certificate for three additional years. This achievement is a testament of the high quality services that QU offers to its members.”

He added: “Today’s achievement is not the first to Qatar University. The University has notched up a number of ISO certifications over the last 5 years for its research labs, IT systems, quality management, and environmental, health and safety management systems. This comes in line with the University’s ongoing efforts to enhance its services and develop a knowledge-based economy in line with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.”

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H.E. Ajay Sharma said: “I am pleased to be here today at Qatar University to see the dynamic learning environment that sets the University apart. It has a proud track record of achievement and offers numerous academic programs to the community. It is always a pleasure to meet students and faculty members especially to celebrate successes like this achievement. I would like to thank Qatar University for selecting the British Standards Institution (BSI) Group, which underlines the contribution of the UK government, institutions and business in shaping the future in Qatar and in realizing the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.”

QU ITS Department Acting Director Mr Mohamad Eljazzar said: “The need to access information from anywhere at any time introduces various challenges such as protecting our privacy and maintaining the confidentiality and integrity of our information and systems. Today’s event is a testament that Qatar University has risen to the challenge.”

BSI Qatar Business Development Manager Mr Jamal Dalli said: “I am delighted to celebrate this achievement with Qatar University today. On behalf of BSI, I offer my congratulations on their certification to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for an Information Security Management System. To achieve certification to this standard, an organization must show a continuous structured commitment towards assessing security risks, managing sensitive information and ensuring a holistic plan is in place to respond to any potential disruptions. I applaud Qatar University for leading by example with their commitment to best practice.”