Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council adopt innovative User Awareness Software.

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Metacompliance adopted at Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council to implement a "Best Practise" Information Security Strategy.

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Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council were looking for a solution that would ‘tick all the boxes’ and assist in raising awareness with staff, as well as capturing their understanding, acceptance and adherence to policy. MetaCompliance is that solution

Metacompliance are delighted to announce the addition of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council to their extensive Local Government customer list. Now working as a joint service with Merthyr Tydfil’s ICT Department, the Council is implementing a “best practice” Compliance strategy that characterises South Wales Local Authorities.

Ryan James, Information Security Officer for Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council explained how the adoption of the Metacompliance Policy Management Software suite enabled the Council to improve user awareness and gain acceptance of information security policies:

“Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council identified the risks and issues that existed around user awareness in Information Security and Information Governance, and also the lack of engagement with staff in policy acceptance. To minimise the risk of a data breach due to user negligence or lack of employee awareness, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council were looking for a solution that would ‘tick all the boxes’ and assist in raising awareness with staff, as well as capturing their understanding, acceptance and adherence to policy. MetaCompliance is that solution - it is used in many other local authorities and the company has a fantastic reputation with our colleagues across South Wales.”

Mr. James went on to further explain the decision to choose Metacompliance over other solutions available on the marketplace:

“The biggest attraction to MetaCompliance for us, is that following implementation, our relationship with the vendor does not end and we continue to receive on-going support, and continue to develop, maintain and improve user awareness.”

Speaking on behalf of Metacompliance Ltd, MD Robert O’Brien added:

“Information security is a strategic imperative for Local Government in the UK. Ensuring that all Staff and Third Party contractors are signing up to mandatory policies is a key deliverable for all the major Compliance frameworks such as ISO 27001. The Councils are also mitigating the risk of an ICO financial penalty in the event of a Data Breach, money Local Government can ill afford to lose at a time of cutbacks and austerity.”

“We are very much looking forward to working with Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council in order to make compliance easier for both management and staff.”

Notes to Editors:
Metacompliance
http://www.metacompliance.com Metacompliance has a focus on enabling organizations to deliver user awareness and compliance in a cost effective manner. The company develops software for the Private and Public sector that automates the increasing demands of IT Assurance regulations and the related user awareness requirements that have become a significant burden on modern business. The company has developed a suite of products that can be matched to the information assurance maturity of a customer’s workforce. These products have extensive functionality in the area of Policy Management, Third Party Compliance Management, Incident Reporting and Risk Management. MetaCompliance solutions meet the requirements of all sizes of organisations, in terms of complexity and scale.

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
http://www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk/ The Borough was formed in 1974 as a local government district of Gwent. It was a merger of the Monmouthshire, Abertillery, Ebbw Vale, Nantyglo and Blaina and Tredegar, along with Brynmawr urban district and the parish of Llanelly in Brecknockshire. It was reconstituted in 1996 as a county borough, excluding Llanelly which instead was transferred to the reconstituted Monmouthshire. The area is now governed by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
http://www.merthyr.gov.uk/ covers a population of around 55,000. It is located in the historic county of Glamorgan. It is often referred to simply as 'Merthyr'. The current administrative area of the Merthyr County Borough consists of the northern part of the Taff Valley and the smaller neighbouring Taff Bargoed Valley.

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