NEW YORK; May 4, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) announced today that a software vulnerability testing program it developed for Educational Testing Service (ETS) – the world’s largest private nonprofit educational testing and assessment organization – has received a 2017 CSO50 Award from publisher IDG’s CSO. ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually in over 180 countries across 9,000 locations worldwide.
The prestigious CSO50 Awards are presented annually to a select group of organizations that have demonstrated that their security projects/initiatives have created outstanding business value and thought leadership. ETS accepted its award at the CSO50 Conference + Awards held May 1-3, 2017, at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale, Arizona.
“Being able to create and implement secure software is critical to the overall security of ETS’ systems,” said Jim Moran, chief information security officer at ETS. “In today’s environment companies need a powerful program that tests and safeguards all aspects of a network and critical systems with a defensive focus.”
ETS, working with Accenture Security, implemented a testing program, the goal of which was to identify and remove software vulnerabilities before applications are delivered to the production environment. In tandem with the testing program, the company developed a training curriculum for its developers to educate them on common vulnerabilities seen in typical web software. Additionally, ETS deployed a new continuous vulnerability management program that regularly scans all production applications for misconfigurations and potential threats.
“We congratulate ETS on this terrific and well-deserved recognition of its innovative enterprise security program,” said Kelly Bissell, managing director of Accenture Security. “This award is a testament to the vision and creative ingenuity of a combined Accenture and ETS team working in close collaboration to integrate security into the standard, daily tasks of software developers.”
About the CSO50 Awards
Launched in 2013, the CSO50 Awards recognizes 50 organizations for security projects and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership. The CSO50 Awards are scored according to a uniform set of criteria by a panel of judges that includes security leaders, industry experts, and academics.
At non-profit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually – including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments – in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org.
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