Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. announced last week the certification of its information management apparatus to the ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management System standard.
Alba says the certification demonstrates the firm’s Information Security Management System (ISMS) is equipped with a systematic and ongoing approach to handling potential security risks that may be confronted by its information systems.
“As we progress to become the world’s largest aluminium smelter, we want to assure our stakeholders – shareholders, clients, and suppliers – that we are fully committed to the security of our systems and information,” said Alba’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali in a related press release. “This highly recognised certification confirms that our internal processes and security controls are well-aligned with industry best practices, and we are continuously strengthening our resilience against growing cyber security threats.”
ISO 27001:2013 is an outgrowth of an initiative launched by the United Kingdom Government’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 1995. The certification consists of three parts – a preliminary review of the ISMS, a more thorough audit and independent test of the ISMS, and an ongoing review to ensure that the standards found in the first two stages are still in place.
Alba is one of the largest industrial companies in the Middle East and is one of the top 10 largest aluminium producers in the world. Originally incorporated in 1968, the company is based in Bahrain and 84% of its total workforce are Bahraini nationals. It began operations in 1971 with a 120,000 metric ton annual capacity. Modernization bumped the output up to 450,000 metric tons in 1992. In the spring of 2005, Alba opened Line 5, raising output by 860,000 metric tons per year. In 2018 Alba’s smelter produced 1,011,101 metric tons of primary aluminium.