Women in Business: Adedoyin Odunfa

MD/CEO, Digital Jewels Limited

Adedoyin has almost 30 years professional experience spanning information/cyber security, IT governance, risk and compliance, business strategy, business development, project management, e-business and capacity development.

She holds the CISA, CISSP, CGEIT, PMP, ITBMC & ISO27001 Lead Auditor certifications. She is also a SFIA (Skills Framework for the Information Age) Accredited Consultant.

Odunfa holda an MBA(IT Management) from the CASS Business School, Barbican Centre, London (formerly City University Business School) and a B.Sc in Computer Science & Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo Univerisity, Ile-Ife.

Digital Jewels is the leading IT Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) Consulting & Capacity Building Firm with a foot print across 9 African countries and offices in 5 cities (Lagos, Abuja, Accra, Nairobi and Kigali).

The Firm is certified to the ISO27001:2013 (Information Security Management System) and ISO9001:2015 (Quality Management System) standards as well as being a Qualified Security Assessor for the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCIDSS QSA) with jurisdiction for the CMEA region. Making it the only such professional services firm in Africa to be so accredited.

Over the past 12 years, the Firm has successfully strengthened governance and risk management processes and built professional capacity across a wide spectrum of IT-related disciplines by conducting over 100 implementations of global best practice standards.

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These standards include the PCIDSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), ISO27001 (information Security Management System), ISO22301 (Business Continuity Management System), ISO20000 (IT Service Management), the ISO45001 (Occupational Health & Safety) as well as frameworks such as COBIT (Control Objectives for Information & Related Technology) for diverse organisations across the public and private sector in Africa including central banks, national switching companies, government ICT companies, commercial banks, e-payment companies, amongst others.

“We describe ourselves as an IT governance, risk and compliance company which is information security, information assurance, project management and a lot of capacity building. We look at information as being the central asset. We focus on the technical aspect of security.” Adedoyin said.

Consumers transact with cooperate entities in one shape or form and they want to ensure that the cooperate entity is secure. The cooperate entity owes to the generality of the people they serve to ensure that they are vigilant, that they are conducting periodic assessments, especially hacking exercises because “You want to pick up the vulnerability before the hackers do.” Odunfa stated, and that is where Digital Jewels comes in.

According to Adedoyin, what also gives the consumer the assurance is usually some type of global certification, where the bank is seen to be certified by a reputable global organisation, and have been examined by an independent global party, and therefore they are conforming to certain high standards. “This service is also what we provide to organisations” She revealed.

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