UNDP wins prestigious ICT awards

18 Dec 2013

New York, USA – International Data Group’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) magazine today announced the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a winner of the prestigious CSO40 Award, given to the top 40 information security organizations worldwide. 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. Honorees were selected for their demonstration of positive management strategies, innovation despite business challenges, and an effective use of information technology. Honorees include Fortune 500 company executives from Verizon, Procter and Gamble, Dell, Coca-Cola, Aetna, Allstate, and EMC. Honorees from international organizations and governmental offices, including PwC, Toyota, the Government of Maharashtra, India, the city of Orlando, Florida, and IT divisions in the states of Michigan and Pennsylvania.

UNDP also received a World Good Computerworld Honors Program Award in 2013, together with Dell, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Infosys, Ltd, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Luxembourg, Ministries of Culture in India and Serbia, 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. Initiatives like public 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, including progressive initiatives aimed at reducing ICT footprints and providing signature ICT services for development projects, help deliver effective business productivity to UNDP offices around the globe and have a direct impact on the organization’s results on the ground.

“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.

Contact Information

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