UNDP wins prestigious ICT awards

01 Jan 2014

International Data Group’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) magazine announced the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a winner of the prestigious CSO40 Award, given to the top 40 information security organizations worldwide.


New Horizons - The CSO40 award recognizes organizations for information security initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership.

Last year's winners of CSO40, one of the highest awards in the information security profession, included major corporations such as Citibank, Intel, Coca Cola, Met Life, Mitre, Procter & Gamble, FedEx, Comcast and Master Card. "For the second year in a row, outstanding organizations demonstrating innovation, creativity and understanding of business value in security were chosen from a large pool of submissions,” said Joan Goodchild, editor of CSO.

This award comes just two weeks after Shirin Hamid, UNDP's Chief Technology Officer and Director of the Office of Information Systems and Technology (OIST), was honored by Computerworld as a Premier 100 ICT Leader for 2014.

UNDP also received a World Good Computerworld Honors Program Award in 2013, together with Dell, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Infosys. Ltd, and others.

The Honors Program Award recognized UNDP’s achievements for Information Security Assurance with certification in ISO 9001 for quality assurance and ISO 27001 for data protection, representing its commitment to information security and quality management best practices.

Together these notable awards attest to the nimble and effective reach of UNDP’s ICT programme.

“These awards clearly show the important contribution of our ICT strategy on development results,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

They reflect ICT’s role in a number of areas, including supporting electronic monitoring of elections in Sierra Leone and Tunisia, securing mobile cash transfers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, communicating development challenges and UNDP results in Egypt and Turkey through social media, using geo-mapping for conflicts in Sudan, providing ICT support for the Guatemala Ministry of Interior, and providing crisis support and business continuity in Syria, Yemen, the Philippines, and Afghanistan.

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