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UNDP garners prestigious ICT awards for a third year in a row

04 Nov 2014

New York, USA – International Data Group’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) magazine recently announced the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a winner of the prestigious CSO50 Award for 2015, given to the top 50 information security organizations worldwide. The CSO50 award recognizes organizations for information security initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership.

The CSO50 Awards recognize organizations for specific projects, completed within a set timeframe. Honorees are chosen based on value delivered to the business. UNDP’s award was for its world class information security incident response programme, which includes a global, 24/7 operation protecting the organisation against information security incidents.
This year’s winners of CSO50, one of the highest awards in the information security profession, include major corporations such as Adobe, Aetna, Atlantic Health System, Boston University, Brown University, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, MetLife, USAA, World Institute for Nuclear Security, and Xerox Corporation, Ltd.

This award for UNDP follows an Information Security CS040 Award in 2014, a Computerworld Premier 2014 100 ICT Leader Award for Shirin Hamid, UNDP’s Chief Technology Officer, and an Information Security Computer World Good Award in 2013.

“For the third year in a row, we are able to demonstrate UNDP’s leadership and professionalism, together with ongoing United Nations inter-Agency efforts to ensure cyber security and cyber-threat risk mitigation. This award for our incident handling posture reinforces the tremendous business value for information security,” said Paul Raines, UNDP’s Chief Information Security Officer. He added that the UNDP incident response team was also accepted for membership in the highly regarded Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST).

This notable award attests to the robust and effective reach of UNDP’s ICT programme. Initiatives like cloud computing, e-services, and virtual communications, implemented in close collaboration with a number of UN Agencies, mean optimal, agile working environments and efficient office operations, so that staff can focus on knowledge sharing and project delivery — anywhere and anytime.

Impact on Results

UNDP’s ICT programme includes innovation aimed at reducing the ICT footprint in our Country Offices. It helps deliver effective business productivity to UNDP offices around the globe, now including ICT services for development projects having a direct impact on the organization’s results on the ground.

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said about last year’s recognition, “these awards underscore the value of our Information and Communications Technology programme on development results.” They reflect the role of ICT in direct support for the Ebola outbreak in western Africa, an emergency response system in Egypt, energy and environment resource monitoring in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and gaming solutions for youth unemployment in Bhutan. ICT is also providing tools for the Guatemala police force to equip its fleets with mobile offices for effective rule of law, affording 120 million voters in Pakistan with SMS texting capabilities to find voting locations, as well as offering crisis support and business continuity through cloud computing in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, the Philippines, Syria, Yemen, and around the globe.

Contact Information

William Allen
ICT Technical Writer/Communications Specialist
Tel: +1 212-906-5355
Email: william.allen@undp.org