Sophos honoured with Partnership Award by Queensland Police

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If you've been reading Naked Security for a while, any or all of the following might ring a bell:

As quickly as I dare, let me run you through them.

Twelve years ago, QPS realised that cybercrime was costing Queensland alone, only the third most populous state in Australia with about 4.5 million inhabitants, many millions of Australian dollars a year.

Most of that money was leaving the Australian economy forever, often as cash transfers, stolen by crooks who had never set foot in Australia, and probably never would.

This was not a problem that QPS could solve without building partnerships with the computer security industry and with fellow cybercops overseas.

So they started up Project Synergy, a series of activities, including annual conferences.

Sophos has been an enthusiastic supporter of these events right from the start.

That's because the events are intended not only to bring together practitioners from around the world who share an interest in helping to protect our economies from cybercrime, but also to agree on some activities for the year ahead that will actually do something about it.

Sophos's Signature Luncheons, which have been running in the Asia Pacific region for about the last ten years, are our own sort of Project Synergy.

In the words of someone I know very well, these events are intended to:

bring together experts and thought leaders in IT security for frank and open debate about the future of computer security.

We use the Chatham House Rule, which means you can tell other people what was discussed, but without mentioning who said what.

This encourages openness and the sharing of information, since all of us, competitors though we might be in day to day business life, face a common enemy: the cybercrooks.

The Signature Luncheon series has helped us not only to keep track of the changing nature of security threats, but also to agree on some activities for the year ahead that will actually do something about it.

Anyway, to close the circle: earlier this week, at the Queensland Police Fraud and Corporate Crime Symposium 2013, Sophos was honoured with a Partnership Award from the QPS.

The things we did that QPS particularly liked were: providing educational material for community groups; hosting the Signature Luncheon events to explore current and emerging issues; and raising greater awareness in the government and business communities regarding fraud and cybercrime.

Thank you, QPS!

We appreciate the recognition; we salute your efforts in tackling cybercrooks head on; and we look forward to more Synergy in 2014.

PS. Let me say publicly what a great job Sophos Australia Marketing has done, all these years, to run the many Signature Luncheons we have held. They take a lot of organising - just getting IT security speakers lined up is like herding cats, and that's before you arrange a venue, and an audience, and, of course, the luncheon itself. Thanks, guys.

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4 Responses to Sophos honoured with Partnership Award by Queensland Police

  1. Mick A · 762 days ago

    Well done guys!

    On a less positive note; why don't you keep the Sophos advertising a little more subtle? You are in danger of swamping the pages with 'buy Sophos 'cos it's fantastic' banners and eyecatching 'find my Nokia by lunchtime' drivel. It might be well designed, but you are in danger of losing what you have built up - it puts me off for one, but I am always mindful of Sophos after reading your blog... Just saying.

    • Steve · 761 days ago

      Well done, period.

      I don't understand the "on a less positive note" complaint. It's the Sophos website, after all. And they've certainly earned the right to pat themselves on the back.

    • Jake · 761 days ago

      I've found that on the iPad if I hold a finger on the screen, even without dragging to scroll, it stops the irritating animation quite nicely. For non pad users, the same top tip might also work if you hold the scroll bar with a mouse, perhaps jiggling slightly from time to time.

      • Paul Ducklin · 761 days ago

        In Firefox, use "about:config" as a URL. Change the setting "image.animation_mode" from "normal" to "none".

        In Internet Explorer, wait for the page to load. Press Escape.

        Both these will freeze the animation. Techniques for other browsers are left an exercise to the reader :-)

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Paul Ducklin is a passionate security proselytiser. (That's like an evangelist, but more so!) He lives and breathes computer security, and would be happy for you to do so, too. Paul won the inaugural AusCERT Director's Award for Individual Excellence in Computer Security in 2009. Follow him on Twitter: @duckblog