GAC Group IT and Corporate Academy honoured in CIO 100 Awards

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GAC’s Group-wide initiative to raise awareness of threats to cyber security has earned it recognition in the CIO 100 Awards for 2019.

Hosted by and Computer News Middle East magazine, the fifth annual awards honoured the top 100 C-level IT leaders from across the region, including GAC’s CIO Martin Wallgren.

The Group was selected for the mandatory worldwide Cyber Security Awareness course conducted through the GAC Corporate Academy last year. It tackled the threat and impact of cybercrime on the shipping and logistics industries, and outlined smart technical solutions and practices to stay ahead of the criminals.

A series of short movies under the slogan ‘Think Before You Click’ created an easy-to-follow and engaging programme covering scam emails, social engineering, smart and secure passwords, identity and personal information theft, the risks of social media, and more.

More than 4,000 GAC employees worldwide were invited to take the course and after just six weeks, 94% had completed it and provided positive feedback.

“The direct result was that we succeeded in giving our staff greater awareness and we lowered the risk for our company,” said Mr Wallgren. “This project has a high business value that mitigates risk and protects our customers’ data.”

Robbie Naden, GAC’s Group IT Infrastructure & Operations Manager, is pictured accepting the award at the ceremony held in Dubai.