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Employee education and behavioural change tops the business agenda at Info Sec 2007

Infosec, UK, April 25th 2007 – The Security Company, a specialist provider of creative security awareness solutions, today revealed that its client list has grown significantly in the past twelve months as a direct result of organisations embracing the need to ensure that there is a high level of security awareness amongst employees. Organisations of all sizes now understand that a network or software solution simply isn’t enough to guarantee the integrity of a business; employees must now also take a pro-active role.

Unfortunately it’s all too common for employees to forget the basic rules of security once within the working environment. Operating a clear desk and clear screen policy, using password best practices and ensuring the safe use of Internet and email are just a few issues that today’s organisations need to ensure that it’s employees are aware of – ignorance is no longer an acceptable excuse for security breaches.

One customer already reaping the benefits of The Security Company’s i-wareness® suite is Scottish Power. “Scottish Power recognised early on that security awareness for its employees would be an important part of the working culture,” said Gordon Irving, Group Security Manager at Scottish Power. “The Security Company was chosen for its innovative approach to raising awareness on how we, and those we are responsible for, can make our working environment a safer place. Throughout the implementation, and today whilst we continue to work with them, The Security Company has proved to be truly professional with first class delivery and support. i-wareness® is now a way of life at Scottish Power.”

To continue meeting high expectations, the i-wareness® solution has undergone major enhancements to match the growing needs of its clients and prospects and the level of research and development is set to continue increasing as demands become even more sophisticated.

Using a bespoke element of the i-wareness® solution called ‘Knowledge Zone’, companies can communicate security awareness information to employees via a company intranet, delivered as a series of imaginative, focused and compelling awareness campaigns presented online with the company’s individual ‘look and feel’. This considered long term security perspective helps to drive home a client’s security awareness policy quickly and efficiently; ensuring that any amendments made, at any time, are quickly uploaded and employees are alerted to them accordingly.

“Security awareness enjoys far too little attention in most security management plans. Our aim is to change this” commented Martin Smith, Managing Director of The Security Company. “The i-wareness® suite provides a one-stop shop of solutions for raising employee awareness about everyday security rules and procedures presented in a straightforward and informative way. Normally this can only be solved piecemeal if other vendors are used. Also increasingly important to organisations is the auditable tracking process which monitors the testing of employees’ knowledge levels.

The key technical advancements and improved functionalities that have been introduced to the i-wareness® suite include:

• i-wareness® Enterprise Edition - an Intranet ‘Security Knowledge Zone’ with Teach & Test module, hand-built to incorporate clients’ policies and reflect an organisation’s unique key risks and rules.

• i-wareness® Business Edition - a switch-on, hosted Intranet resource for employees (with Teach & Test) combining a wealth of best-practice security advice with full content management for ongoing self-customisation.

• Policy Management Centre - a flexible tool that stores, presents and manages policies. The latest version has been developed as a direct result of detailed consultancy with clients.

• i-comms – all clients of The Security Company have access to a growing library of poster/wallpaper templates, example emails, non-branded team-briefing presentation packs, competition ideas and weekly ‘newsfeed’ bulletins from the security world.

• Security Virtual Tour - a highly customisable online walk-through of security risks in and out of the office

• Security Communications Consultancy - many clients take advantage of The Security Company’s experience of running effective, comprehensive security awareness campaigns employing a wide variety of consultancy services.

• Customisable ‘Teach & Test’ Modules (new in 2007) - fully-customisable computer-based training modules based on a dialogue between security management and the employee which teaches employees key guidelines whilst checking their understanding of the subject matter.

• Learning Management - Management Information can be captured (test scores, Intranet surfing habits, policy acceptance, policy exemption etc.) whilst The Security Company’s own integrated Learning Management software provides the tools for real-time filtering and reporting of statistics.

• Multi-Language - partnership with a leading translation-services firm allows The Security Company to provide these services in a vast number of languages.

“The Intranet content management element combined with the communications expertise in the suite means that businesses are now in a position where they can prove that they have implemented the necessary procedures to demonstrate that security policies are adhered to across the organisation,” continued Smith. “In a world increasingly dominated by compliance, this delivers significant value to every Company. Pound for pound, raising awareness will improve security far more effectively than any technical solution can ever hope to achieve,” Smith concluded.

About The Security Company

The Security Company is a well established, specialist security awareness consultancy. Over the years they have worked with some of the world's most complex organisations and helped them to create a security conscious culture.

Based in Upper Dean, Huntingdon The Security Company consists of a professional team each highly qualified experts in their own fields such as communications, security, project management, learning development and compliance legislation.

From a small team of four in 1997 when The Security Company commenced business, the company is now a leader in the security awareness arena, working with clients across the world in all market sectors.

In 2004 TSC formed The SASIG (Security Awareness Special Interest Group) for those who have an interest in, or a responsibility for raising awareness about security within their organisations. Now with over six hundred members, the SASIG meetings are held on a quarterly basis hosted by Reuters at their prestigious offices in Canary Wharf, London. The meetings attract a high caliber of speakers a swell as delegates.

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