Pointwest Achieves ISMS Recertification, Keeps Up with International Quality Standards

Jig
August 22, 2012

Pointwest, the Philippines’s largest fully Filipino-owned global service company, continues to measure up to international standards of excellence with its ISMS re-certification. 

Manila, Philippines Pointwest Technologies Corporation was awarded this week its ISMS recertification (Information Security Management System) by TÃœV Rheinland, in compliance with ISO/IEC 27001:2005 requirements. There are very few ISMS-certified companies in the Philippines; even fewer are able to complete the recertification process.

The company is one of the biggest Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO) companies in the country, with over 700 IT professionals in its employ. Given the nature of its business and the large-scale operations it undertakes daily, enforcing strict policies to manage IT-related risks is crucial. 

The ISMS certification was set in place for this specific purpose. The ISO/ IEC 27001:2005, meanwhile, is the only international quality standard that requires the implementation, maintenance, and improvement of an information security management system. 

Getting recertified and continuously improving data and system security are some of the ways Pointwest stays globally competitive. Now that it has been ISMS recertified, the company is now working on achieving CMMI Maturity Level 3 (Capability Maturity Model Integration). As was done with the ISMS initiative, a team dedicated to CMMI was built to beef up process improvement efforts in the entire organization — across headquarters, all delivery centers, and US offices. 

The largest 100% Filipino-owned global service company in the Philippines, Pointwest has set lofty goals for 2012. Aside from laying down a solid information security system and strengthening its quality assurance and verification process, the company also started rolling out its other plans. One of Pointwest’s biggest undertakings is the expansion of its delivery center at the UP-Ayala Land Technohub in Diliman, Quezon City. An entire floor was unveiled early this year.