Founder/Chairman of EDP Centre Computer Audit Laboratory, Mr. Chris Ekeigwe, has assured clients of the IT and auditing firm of the safety of their data and devices.
Ekeigwe gave the assurance following an explosion at the gate of the company which is located in River Valley Estate, Ojodu Berger Bus Stop neighbourhood on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, in the early hours of Sunday November 27, 2022.
He said with the help of its international partners, EDP Center has since implemented novel platform and device hardening technologies to protect client data.
He explained that technology has helped the firm to pseudonymize its experts/consultants to make them difficult to identify by criminals, adding that “as for the critical data we handle for clients, we have anonymized critical information so they would be useless in the hands of those without legal rights to have them”.
“We want to assure all our clients that we continue to maintain the integrity of our work and materials in highly secure indeterminate locations with world class electronic and physical security technologies and procedures, and with the help of our global technical partners”, Ekeigwe said, adding that “all sensitive information in our hands are secure and will continue to be in secure chain of custody because we practise our profession as a calling, with intrepidity, and with commitment to protecting client and public interest”. According to him, the firm has over the years made prospective investments in normative security technologies that ensure that no sensitive information of its clients will ever be compromised – in the 40 years of its existence no bit of client sensitive data has been lost or compromised. “Our clients should have no worries; our stolid integrity is unfazed and unawed by criminal adversities,” he assured.
The explosion caused serious vibration to the gatehouse of the leading centre for computer security auditing and data analytics, which is renowned for its pioneering initiatives in training the first generation of information technology (IT) security auditors and audit data analysis experts in Africa.
Though the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, had said that the explosion was caused by a chemical reaction from a refuse dump close to the building of the company, therefore dismissing any insinuation that it is a bomb explosion, Ekeigwe said he believes that the preliminary assessment by the Police may change as they get more scientific evidence from police forensic experts. Given other events that we have experienced, we believe the explosion could be a warning shot from criminal elements.
He said that EDP and its staff could be a target of attack because there is speculation in the industry that the company is currently conducting system security audits for sensitive organizations.
He recalled that some years agoc riminals attacked EDP experts in Lagos traffic after they left sensitive client facilities, taking away high security biometric storage media from them, but pointed out that this resulted in no data loss due to the unassailable technology of the storage media.
criminals attacked EDP experts in Lagos traffic after they left sensitive client facilities, taking away high security biometric storage media from them, but pointed out that this resulted in no data loss due to the unassailable technology of the storage media.