Ridge Global Partners with NAVEX Global To Address Key Gap in Corporate Cybersecurity Programs

Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C., September 28, 2015 — Ethics and compliance software and services leader NAVEX Global and risk management company Ridge Global—founded by Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania—today announced a partnership that will initially focus on delivering online training courseware to help companies educate their workforces on the growing risks associated with cyber security and arm them with the tools they need to better protect their organizations.

“Despite broad bottom line impact, many executives continue to view cyber security simply as a delegated responsibility of their IT departments under the mistaken assumption that cyber security is just a technical issue,” said Gov. Ridge, Ridge Global’s Chairman. “As a business issue, leaders need to place emphasis on the education of employees across their business to protect their organizations from the many forms of cyber risk that lead to breaches globally each day. That’s why I’m delighted to partner with NAVEX Global to help bring this critical training directly to employees and their managers.”

“To thrive and grow in a world of escalating cyber risks, business leaders must create a culture of compliance and vigilance where cyber security is everyone’s responsibility,” said NAVEX Global President and CEO Bob Conlin. “The world’s best companies will soon be identified as those with leaders who quickly grasp the gravity of cyber risk, and no one understands this better than Gov. Ridge, who regularly consults with corporate leaders world-wide on risk-management issues. We are privileged to partner with Ridge Global to provide impactful online training that will deliver meaningful results to our mutual clients.”

NAVEX Global’s expertise is in helping organizations protect their stakeholders, reputation and bottom line through ethics and compliance software, content and strategic consulting services. Ridge Global brings significant corporate cyber security expertise as well as proven guidance in leading and effectively managing the complexities of 21st century risk. The partners’ combined experience working with the world’s largest companies allows them to meet the most critical challenges they observe in their client work.

Together, their first initiative is to utilize their complementary expertise to deliver two full-length training courseware solutions tailored to meet the needs of corporate managers, the broader employee base and partners. Featuring an introduction by Gov. Ridge, both online training courses lay out the most important issues in cyber risk and educate learners on their role in eliminating that risk from their operating environments. Key messages are reinforced through microlearning modules in five-minute increments that help address rapidly evolving threats and ensure employees maintain a culture of cyber security resiliency.

A broad-based 30-minute course ensures all learners will take away basic concepts about their personal responsibilities for protecting their organizations from digital threats. Additionally, a specialized 30-minute course has been designed to address the responsibilities for those in management positions—those who oversee business units, facilities and employees as well as implement policy within an organization. To support ongoing retention of key concepts, six brief “burst” courses will also be available to reinforce specific risks faced by all employees.

“To reduce risk, you must address not just technology challenges, but the human elements of cyber security,” said Gov. Ridge. “Effective enterprise training is a key and often overlooked component to building a cyber secure and healthy environment.”

More information about the specific courses can be found at: www.navexglobal.com/cyber-security

About Ridge Global
Ridge Global was founded by Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania, to help organizations decrease security risks. He has assembled a team of globally recognized experts who offer clients strategic counsel on identifying, preparing for and mitigating cyber risk. Ridge Global offers the latest technology, is continually evaluating cyber security tool sets in order to make the latest technology available to clients and is recognized as an international thought-leader on cyber security. To learn more, visit the new Ridge Global online.

About NAVEX Global, Inc.
NAVEX Global’s comprehensive suite of ethics and compliance software, content and services helps
organizations protect their people, reputation and bottom line. Trusted by 95 of the FORTUNE 100 and more than 12,500 clients, our solutions are informed by the largest ethics and compliance community in the world. For more information, visit www.navexglobal.com.


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