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Awareness accolade

The Security Company has been recognised for its security awareness programmes and shortlisted in the 2012 Institute of Internal Communication Central Region Awards. The ‘Writing Award’ nomination is for work created for Colt Technology Services entitled ‘Diary of an Identity Theft Victim’, developed to tackle the high level of trust employees of the company were inclined to invest in electronic communication regardless of source.

The ‘diary’ was created with three objectives in mind, namely:

– To tackle ‘false trust’ among Colt employees;
– To make employees aware of the proliferation of bogus electronic communications; and
– To encourage employees to think before they click.

It was constructed by detailing a day in which both personal and company information was unconsciously compromised online via the careful manipulation of a ‘social engineer’. Each of the four diary entries included a secure link to further information highlighting ways in which identity theft and information disclosure could be prevented.

TSC was able to report an increase of 236% of unique user visits to Colt’s security portal with 84 per cent of recipients opening the diary entries.

Jim Mulheron is VP, Security and Operational Risk Group, Colt and was delighted with the outcome. He said: “This recent communication regarding the dangers of sharing information online proved very popular with our workforce who were fully engaged. The outcome was 100 per cent successful in relation to employee awareness and cultural change expectations.”

For Sarah Janes, Director at The Security Company, the shortlisting is vindication of the company’s approach. She said: “An engaging security awareness programme is categorically the most cost-effective investment in security any company can make and we feel being recognised by our peers is recognition of our success in delivering results.”

The IoIC winners will be announced on March 1, 2013.

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