Sydney, Australia, 6 September, 2013 – IT security and data protection company Sophos today announced that it has won the inaugural Partnership Award at the Queensland Police Service, Project Synergy Partnership Awards 2013.
The prestigious award was announced at a gala dinner, held at the Queensland Police Fraud and Corporate Crime Symposium 2013 on the Gold Coast, and it was presented to Sophos in recognition of its outstanding work with the Queensland Police Service, in regard to its ongoing Fraud and Cybercrime partnership, to better secure and protect the Australian community.
Steve Gollschewski, Deputy Commissioner, Strategy, Policy and Performance presented the award to Rob Forsyth, Director Sophos Asia Pacific, in recognition the team’s ongoing partnership with the Queensland Police Service, working closely with the community to provide education material for community groups, as well as hosting the Sophos Signature events to explore current and emerging issues, and raising greater awareness in the government and business communities regarding fraud and cybercrime.
According to Detective Superintendent Brian Hay, Head of Fraud Division, Queensland Police Service, the concept of working with the private sector in regard to fraud and cybercrime started 12 years’ ago, and Sophos has supported what is now known as Project Synergy right from the start.
“The Fraud and Cybercrime Partnership Award recognises the Queensland Police Service’s need to partner with industry entities such as Sophos, to better secure and protect the Australian community,” said Detective Superintendent Brian Hay.
“Sophos has shown the courage and character to step forward to participate with the Queensland Police Service since Project Synergy’s inception, and we look forward to continuing our ongoing relationship, to further build and enhance innovative strategies to protect Australia and indeed global communities.”
Sophos has worked closely on many key security projects and initiatives including the Over the Horizon Forum for the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, an event that takes place during National Cybersecurity Awareness Week, where Sophos is an active supporter and committee member.
Sophos also works directly with leading industry associations including the Internet Industry Association (IIA) and Australian Computer Society. Sophos is a member of the Australian Government’s National Standing Committee on Cloud Computing advising on security issues and an Industry Code of Best Practice. The company is also actively supporting the Internet Industry Association’s inaugural National Online Security Council forum being held next month.
Forsyth says the award is an indication of the ongoing work the company invests within the business community to raise greater awareness of security issues.
“It is an absolute honour for Sophos to be recognised by the Queensland Police Service, with this inaugural Partnership Award, and we thank Detective Superintendent Brian Hay and Queensland Police in recognising Sophos’s continued work and education in the community,” Forsyth said.
Sophos will continue its work in driving awareness around security issues, particularly on a local level, rallying the community and business to work together in ensuring Australians understand online safety, fraud and cybercrime.