American University's Information Security group was recently a joint recipient of the Technology Managers Forum's Honorable Mention for Best Practices in Information Security. The award recognized a collaborative cyber security response project between AU, George Washington University, and Georgetown University.
"This recognition points to the progress AU is making on the cyber security front. We place a high priority on the protection of our confidential data and the continuity of our operations," explained David Swartz, assistant vice president and chief information officer.
The joint effort, coordinated by the University's Chief Information Security Officers, is known as the Collaborative Cyber Security Response Project and establishes a memorandum of understanding for emergency preparedness and response between the three universities. It provides a strategic plan for a range of cyber security incidents that require collaborative efforts, and defines protocols and procedures for supportive services, activation plans, and lessons learned.
AU's Chief Information Security Officer Cathy Hubbs noted that, "Collaborating with our partner schools to extend AU's technical expertise is paramount to leading the war against the attacks on our resources."
In addition to recognizing our best practices, the Technology Managers Forum Award also highlights our efforts and success at addressing the goals in our Strategic Plan – to win recognition and distinction, employ technology to empower excellence, and forge partnerships by leveraging our capital location.
Founded in 1996, the Technology Managers Forum's Best Practice Awards program was designed to recognize and promote excellence in the business management of technology. The term "best practices" refers to processes proved to be the most effective means of implementing a project, and which are significant in that they are innovative and can be replicated. The Best Practice Awards program is particularly distinguished by the caliber of its judging panel, which features practicing Fortune 1000 technology managers. All winners were chosen from nominations from organizations in the United States, Europe, and Asia.