The Central Bank of Nigeria has just released an IT Standards Blueprint Final document for the financial service industry. The IT standards will not stop with the banks but will also include other financial sectors such as Pension, Insurance and others as times go on.



The document presents the IT Standards that have been defined and agreed by Banks' CIOs. For each defined standard, the documentation includes the objective and intention, description, minimum acceptable maturity level, derivable benefits, requirements for compliance, and consequences for deviations.


The IT Standards provide expected industry practices in respect of:  


- Enterprise IT Architecture

- Process architecture

- Systems integration/ Interoperability

- Network/ Communications

- Data Centre Infrastructure


Adoption and compliance to the defined standards will improve IT leverage and significantly enhance operating efficiency and cost effectiveness of Banks. The impact of the IT Standards in Bank operations will include improvements in:


  • Processing
  • Up time and availability
  • Service quality
  • Enterprise Control and Management
  • Risk Management and Assurance
  • Regulatory reporting
  • Business Continuity


Expected Impacts and Benefits


Implementation of these standards is expected to provide the following benefits:

  • Increased up-time / availability of Banks leading to increased cost savings
  • Establishment of a reference point for objective assessment of the IT function leading to improved IT performance measurement
  • Improved data integrity and electronic information exchange
  • Increased efficiency and productivity of staff due to interoperability of IT systems
  • Business Continuity / Recovery and reduced risk of prolonged downtime
  • Improved data security assurance to customers leading to increased customer confidence




Years back, Business Continuity (part of the IT standards) was taken as a nice-to-have concept, now it has now become a standard for IT, this means that IT professional must brace up and get professional certification to be recognized and to carry out their work with confidence to meet the standard.


Opportunities abound for the IT professional

  1. The knowledge of Business Continuity Planning is not restricted to IT alone, it is a management course that will not restrict owners of the certification to IT.
  2. The knowledge does not restrict you to any sector of the economy. BCP principles that can be used in ANY sector of the economy.
  3. BCP knowledge can be applied to manage real disaster; to mitigate respond and recover..
  4. Getting certified helps you to progress in your chosen career.
  5. There are very few people in Nigeria with BCP certification
  6. The demand for people with this special skill is increasing daily.
  7. BCP certification and knowledge can help you in your post employment years.

Where we come in:  

We represent DRI International in Nigeria, Ghana and Cote D'ivore.


DRI is a non-profit organization committed to: 


  • Promoting a base of common knowledge for the continuity management industry
  • Certifying qualified individuals in the discipline of Business Continuity
  • Promoting the credibility and professionalism of certified individuals
  • DRI will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2013.
  • DRI is the industry's premier education and certification program body.
  • DRI International has certified people in over 95 Countries.
  • DRI International conducts training courses in over 45 countries.
  • More individuals choose to maintain their certification through us than all other organizations in our industry combined.
  • DRI International certifies and teaches in the English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian languages.



 Government Organizations

  • Chaired the Alfred P. Sloan Committee that drafted the Framework for Preparedness that has been the foundation for the Title IX Implementation.
  • Member U.S. Chamber of Commerce Homeland Security Task Force
  • Member of the Council of Experts for ANSI-ANAB who will set the credentialing standard for certifying bodies for PS-Prep
  • Member of FEMA National Advisory Council Private Sector Subcommittee
  • Member of Advisory Committee for Congressionally funded Project for National Security Reform

 Non-Government Organizations

  • Member of the NFPA 1600 Technical Committee
  • Member of the BS25999 - ASIS Technical Committee
  • Participant RIMS (Risk Insurance Managers Society) PERK (Professional Exchange of Risk Knowledge) Program
  • Cooperative Education Credit Sharing with ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association)
  • Cooperative Education Credit Sharing with (ISC)2 - (International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc.)
  • Audit Course Development and Training for Auditors with NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association)
  • Meeting with Special Assistant to The President for Homeland Security Standards Policy
  • Chairman of Safe America Drill Down for Safety

** APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) has endorsed DRI's (Disaster Recovery Institute International) CBCP (Certified Business Continuity Professional) and MBCP (Master Business Continuity Professional) certifications into their Information Security Certification Guide Book.  The DRII's 10 Professional Practices is mapped onto the ISO17799 & FIPS200.  APEC has 21 Member Economies which account for more than one third of the world's population (2.6 billion people), over 50% of world GDP (US$ 19, 254 billion) and in excess of 41% of world trade.  APEC also proudly represents the most economically dynamic region in the world having generated nearly 70% of global economic growth in its first 10 years.

APEC's 21 Member Economies :

Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; People's Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; The Republic of the Philippines; The Russian Federation; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States of America; Vietnam. This creates the largest global recognition of any BCP Certification in the world.




  • DRI's certification conforms to the standard for professional organizations; only DRI requires continuing education to maintain certification above the associate level.
  • DRI is standard neutral; it supports and teaches to a multitude of international standards, including BS25999, SS540, NFPA 1600, ASIS SPC 1. BCI is fully aligned only with BS25999. 
  • DRI has more than twice the number of Certified Professionals as BCI. DRI only counts those who have filled out an application and applied for certification, after passing the qualifying examination. DRI does not count among its certified professionals those who have only passed our exam. If we counted those who only passed our exam, we would have three times as many as BCI. 
  • All DRI Instructors are doubly certified; first, they are certified as a DRI certified professional; second, they are certified as an instructor after completing DRI instructor training




A holder of DRI certification is automatically requested by other BCP institutes i.e BCI for membership without any form of examination. For DRII, it is compulsory for holders of other Institute to take DRI examination.



  • Alternative Route to Membership



Course Fees


Our course fees is very moderate, almost half of what will be paid if taken outside the country or by other institutes.


Kindly send us an e-mail or call +2348045461141, or +2348125377462 for further or inquiries.  


For my Insurance guys in Nigeria, please contact the President (Wale) and Dunni, for a date and new pricing. 


Philip Keshiro

DRI Nigeria 




Professional Business Continuity Management (BCM) Certification Course (BCLE2000)- CBCP
Contact us



Philip Keshiro   

DRI Nigeria

Institute for Continuity Management

6, Obokun Street,

Off Coker Road



Website : www.dri-nigeria.org or www.drii.org