IIM-Africa introduces GIMC-Certification for employees
With the prevailing information breaches in government and private organisations in recent times, the Institute of Information Management (IIM-Africa) has introduced a unique General Information Management Competence Certification (GIMC-Certification) programme aimed at mitigating information risk and raising the awareness among stakeholders and employees in various organisations.
Speaking on the programme, President and Chairman (Board of Directors / Governing Council) at Institute of Information Management (IIM) – Africa, Dr. Oyedokun Oyewole, said that information, in whatever form, is a valuable asset to any organisation be it public or private; as it is the basis on which strategic decisions are made and daily tasks are performed. Management executives, employees, customers and other stakeholders all rely on that information being timely, reliable, accurate and complete.
Dr. Oyewole said, “It’s no surprise to see insider threats as the biggest risk to information management and security as employees will always be the one thing that cannot be controlled. Employees and other information users within any organisation constitute one of the greatest threats to information security, as the individuals closest to the organizational data and information. They do not necessarily have to be malicious to put a company at risk due to the fact that they may not understand the possible risks and consequences associated with their actions”.
Good information, he said, can be undermined in many ways, as corrupted or compromised information can cause a wide range of problems, from those that are simply annoying to those that could have a major impact on an organisation’s future. “Information risk encompasses all the challenges that result from an organisation’s need to control and protect its information”.
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