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Ponemon Institute and Security Innovation Reveal Gaps and Best Practices in Security Awareness Program with Latest Research


Wilmington, MA (PRWEB) July 15, 2014

Security Innovation and Ponemon Institute today announced the release of its State of Information Security Awareness: Trends & Developments Report. The objective of the research is to understand global trends and developments in information security education. The companies surveyed over 3,000 IT and other managers who were influential in their organization’s PCI DSS compliance and/or audit activities. Approximately half of the respondent companies currently require their employees to participate in information security awareness training, and it is these survey responses that form the research basis of the whitepaper.

“Security awareness training programs have become a much higher priority for risk-sensitive employers, “ said Dr. Larry Ponemon, founder of Ponemon Institute. “The collected data reinforces the need for targeted security awareness training to ensure threats are well understood and good security hygiene becomes part of daily activities.”

Key trends include:

#1: Spending is Increasing

Among the organizations that plan to implement a new security awareness training program, 64% will do so in the upcoming year – and spend some serious money doing it: 73% plan to spend over $ 100,000 and 41% will spend over $ 500,000.

#2: There’s Room for Improvement

64% of managers are less than fully satisfied with their current PCI DSS security training. Additionally, about two-thirds of companies currently train less than a quarter of their workforce, omitting key personnel.

#3: Short, Customizable and Online

Awareness training is most effective when available in short sessions, making computer-based training (CBT) the most popular and cost-effective approach for many companies. This is particularly important for smaller companies who typically spend almost twice as much per employee on training than larger companies. Additionally, 64% of companies customize training with company-specific content and, for those that offer training tailored to job function, IT departments receive the most customized curriculum.

#4: It’s Not Just About Compliance

Although compliance is currently the single biggest driver of data security training, 82% of organizations surveyed implement security awareness training programs to improve their overall level of data security.

Security industry standards bodies, such as PCI SSC (Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council) and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), have recently updated their compliance requirements and best practices guidelines to place more emphasis on the importance of security awareness training.

Other key findings of the Security Innovation and Ponemon Institute research:

-About half of the organizations that provide training via CBT rely on third-party vendors for program development

-Most of the respondents who provide formal training indicated their curriculum is updated at least once per year, with 21% updating it more frequently

-More than two-thirds of organizations measure the immediate impact of their PCI DSS training using employee tests or satisfaction surveys upon program completion

-The most popular way for organizations to measure the long-term effectiveness of their PCI DSS training is by tracking reductions in non-compliance incidents

About Security Innovation

An application security pioneer since 2002, Security Innovation is dedicated to making software more resilient within the world’s most challenging environments; whether on the web, in devices or in the cloud. Our training and assessment solutions help organizations mitigate risk, eradicate vulnerabilities, and prevent data theft. Recognizing that application software no longer exists in isolation, our clients are better prepared to anticipate, navigate and reduce software security risk regardless of technology or system complexity. There are more than a million licenses of Security Innovation’s eLearning products in use today and our embedded security products ship on tens of millions of systems each year. Learn more at http://www.securityinnovation.com.

About Ponemon Institute

Ponemon Institute is dedicated to independent research and education that advances responsible information and privacy management practices within business and government. The company’s mission is to conduct high quality, empirical studies on critical issues affecting the management and security of sensitive information about people and organizations.







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The Brassy Rewards Innovation and Professionalism in Burlesque Production


Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 22, 2014

The Great Burlesque Exposition, one of the most prestigious burlesque festivals in the world, in partnership with Brown Paper Tickets, the world’s leading ticketing partner for burlesque productions, are now accepting applications for “The Brassy Award,” to acknowledge creativity in burlesque production. A cash grant, a mentorship with some of the nation’s most successful burlesque producers and other prizes will support the production of an ultimate burlesque event.

“We want to inspire world-class innovation and originality in an effort to revolutionize burlesque productions and help the industry to continue its worldwide growth,” said Scratch, the producer of the Great Burlesque Exposition. “By celebrating creativity and supporting the production of an ultimate event, we hope to bring the burlesque industry to new heights.”

The Brassy Award winners will receive up to a year of mentoring by the Brassy Committee, as well as a special edition statue, cash to be used toward event costs, venue location services and publicity assistance provided by Brown Paper Tickets, as well as a full weekend admission to The Great Burlesque Exposition of 2015 (Feb. 20-22, 2015), where the Brassy Award winner will be announced. The Brassy Committee includes some of the most successful burlesque producers across the U.S.: Scratch, founding chair of The Great Burlesque Exposition and impresario behind The Boston Babydolls; Lili VonSchtupp, producer of Monday Night Tease, the longest-running weekly burlesque show in Los Angeles; Sailor St. Claire, Seattle-based producer of The Tuesday Tease, a weekly fusion of burlesque with the music of a live band; and Red Hot Annie, producer of The Windy City Burlesque Festival and the Vaudezilla shows.

“We all see the shiny performers onstage, forgetting the work that is needed to make the magic happen from behind the scenes,” said Lili VonSchtupp. “The Brassy Award is how we can encourage and promote excellence in production through mentoring in order to elevate the level of excellence in our field.”

“Brown Paper Tickets has empowered burlesque artists and event organizers for more than a decade by providing award-winning complimentary services,” said Jimmy Berg, Burlesque Specialist for Brown Paper Tickets. Examples include social media promotion, regular burlesque blog posts, curated press lists, promotional counsel, a library of digital primers on best practices for event promotion and production, live 24/7 box office phone agents to assist event producers and ticket buyers, the industry’s lowest fee for ticket buyers, donations to charity from every ticket sold, and more. “The Brassy Award is an expression of Brown Paper Tickets’ unmatched commitment to fueling financial success and growth for the burlesque community.”

“Burlesque event producers were largely ignored by ticketing companies eight years ago, when I started The Great Burlesque Exposition, because we weren’t bringing in thousands of people,” Scratch said. “Now, there are troupes in every city and festivals popping up all over the world. In its own way, Brown Paper Tickets is partly responsible for the growth of the burlesque scene. They’re the only ticketing company that matches or beats the technical performance of other ticketing options while offering support that goes above and beyond for the burlesque community.”

For further details on applying for The Brassy Award, please email the Brassy Awards Committee at Brassy(at)Burlesque-Expo(dot)com. All complete event concept submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by the Brassy Award Committee. For more information about The Brassy Award, visit http://www.BrassyBurlesque.com.

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About The Great Burlesque Exposition (http://www.Burlesque-Expo.com): founded in 2007, The Great Burlesque Exposition is a multi-layered event which appeals to all aspects of the burlesque community, from audience to performers, beginners to professional performers and producers. The weekend consists of four shows, including The Main Event at which The Howard Awards are given out, a comprehensive multiday conference, social events, a vendor hall and exhibits of costumes and burlesque-inspired art. Participants at The Great Burlesque Exposition come from all over the world to join in the shows, parties and educational events.

About Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com): Brown Paper Tickets is a socially conscious global leader in online ticketing and event registration services, helping people in 68 countries to plan, promote and sell out events. As a social innovator, the company donates five percent to charities with every ticket sold, supports a team of full-time community advocates, called “Doers,” and still charges a ticketing fee than is lower than competitors. To learn more about the world’s only Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company, visit http://community.brownpapertickets.com/press/.