Metacompliance has secured a new contract with Belfast Metropolitan College, the largest Further and Higher Education College in Northern Ireland and the sixth largest in the UK.
Belfast Met identified the need to cultivate their compliance culture and improve staff awareness of the importance of proper data management. They decided to invest in the Metacompliance Advantage Suite.
Lisa McCartney, Centre Manager for Strategic Planning, commented: “After researching the different software solutions available we have invested in MetaCompliance throughout the organisation. We are still at the early stages of implementation however MetaCompliance will provide us with a communication platform that will increase user awareness by presenting key policies and procedures to staff when they access the corporate network in a manner that will guarantee acceptance from all users.”
All organisations, in both public and private sectors, must adhere to strict compliance regulations. Metacompliance policy management software allows management to provide indisputable evidence of instances of compliance, or indeed non-compliance. Not only does this protect their clients and customers, but also mitigates against the real risk of fines and penalties.
Policies and staff awareness of IT security and compliance are the cornerstone of a modern employee education campaign. Ms. McCartney went on to say "as part of our ongoing efforts to improve our compliance position we wanted to implement a solution that would give us the ability to track that our corporate policies have been read, understood and adhered to by staff.
Ultimately, a major element in the decision of Belfast Met to invest in the policy management system was cost. With limited budgets, and as a public body, Lisa McCartney, in her role of overseeing a new strategic plan for compliance throughout Belfast Met, identified the Metacompliance software as being the most cost-effective solution:
“In addition, the MetaCompliance software solution will capture all the audit reports necessary for us to demonstrate end user compliance in a cost effective manner. With Belfast Met being expected to demonstrate compliance whilst saving money we are confident that this investment in compliance automation will provide a significant return on investment."
MetaCompliance look forward to working with Belfast Met, aiding them to nurture a new compliance culture that educates and engages staff on the importance of Information Security, while also offering the option to monitor staff performance and enforce the required compliance procedures where necessary. The unique capabilities of the Advantage suite will no doubt prove to be a cost-effective decision that will allow Belfast Met to maintain the highest standards of compliance.
MetaCompliance has a clear vision of making Compliance and IT Security easier for organisations. The software can ensure the active participation of all staff in compliance initiatives such as policies, eLearning, and surveys, thus mitigating the risk of compliance incident and the associated fines. The software can be used to demonstrate that staff understand compliance obligations by being tested with questions. The ability to deliver increased user participation in compliance and IT Security campaigns provides the necessary audit information to generate reports that demonstrate the organisation’s “duty of care” to Regulators.