Winners announced for 2020 Infosec Inspire Awards
September 22, 2020
MADISON, Wis., September 22, 2020 — Infosec today announced winners of the 2020 Infosec Inspire Security Awareness Awards. Held annually, the award program recognizes Infosec clients’ most impactful, innovative and empowering security awareness and training initiatives. Winners of the 2020 Infosec Inspire Security Awareness Awards are:
- Impact Award: Racine Unified School District - Chief Information Office
- Big Phish Award: DKBinnovative
“Selecting this year’s Infosec Inspire Security Awareness Awards winners was not easy,” said Jack Koziol, CEO and founder of Infosec. “Reading our clients’ success stories and seeing the impact of their training programs on their overall security posture — and more importantly, culture — was seriously impressive. Both winners and finalists from this year’s awards serve as leaders and inspiration for every member of our community.”
The Impact Award celebrates the successes of Infosec’s most inspiring clients and partners with innovative security awareness and training initiatives to empower employees and motivate effective security habits. The Big Phish Award recognizes clients with the most advanced phishing training programs that harness the most powerful tools of persuasion — customization, impersonation and urgency — to teach employees how to avoid phishing attacks.
Impact Award winner: Racine Unified School District - Chief Information Office
Located in southeastern Wisconsin, Racine Unified School District (RUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in the state, serving nearly 18,000 students and 3,600 staff.
RUSD’s Chief Information Office deployed its first security awareness and training program in September 2019, and has since reduced the district's phishing simulation click rate from 23.7% to just 7%. The team at RUSD attributes their program success to extensive, personalized communication with leadership at each school, as well as effectively translating training program benefits to every learner in the program. This includes sharing real-life cybersecurity stories and lessons learned, linking secure habits to protecting student identities and showing learners how they can apply lessons from the training to every aspect of their digital lives.
Big Phish Award winner: DKBinnovative
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, DKBinnovative is a best-practice driven IT management firm that provides secure, reliable IT solutions to productivity-focused clients around the globe.
As an IT and security service provider, DKBinnovative views employee security training as an important part of their overall business and security strategy. Results from the company’s training and awareness program include a lower phishing simulation click rate, a higher suspicious email reporting rate and importantly, a shift in culture at the organization. To drive this change, DKBinnovative uses a reward system to incentivize training completion and email reporting, and also publicly celebrates top performers in company communications. DKBinnovative’s clients have benefited from similar — sometimes even better — results following the DKBinnovative’s program structure and content recommendations.
Nominations received from around the world
Infosec received nominations from companies across the U.S. and internationally. Earlier this month, three finalists were chosen for each category.
Today’s Inspire Awards ceremony was part of Infosec Inspire Cyber Skills Virtual Summit. The only event of its kind, Inspire is hyper-focused on the human side of security — equipping cybersecurity leaders with knowledge and insights to develop employee cyber skills, forge their organization's security culture and make a lasting impact.
Watch the entire awards ceremony here.
Infosec has been fighting cybercrime since 2004. Thousands of organizations and 2.7 million learners trust the wide range of security-specific classes and enterprise security awareness and phishing training to stay a step ahead of the bad guys. Infosec IQ and Infosec Skills provide the most advanced and comprehensive education and training platforms. Infosec is recognized as a security awareness and training leader by both Gartner and Forrester. Founded by CEO Jack Koziol, Infosec is based in Madison, with offices in Chicago and Dulles, Virginia. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com
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