Do boards and company directors really understand the importance of being cyber aware?


Given the rise of cyber attacks of late, cyber security should be the number one issue for Australian businesses – cyber security and data protection has truly never been more important.  But do boards and company directors really understand the importance of being cyber aware, and the controls they should have in place to combat risks in their business?


In a new episode from the podcast Navigating the New Normal, 2022 Women in Finance Employer of the Year, Grant Thornton, looks at why boards and directors should be interested in cyber security now more than ever.

In the episode - The Cyber World: Where are We Now? - Matthew Green, Partner and Controls Assurance Specialist and Chris Watson, Partner and previously a detective in the Computer Crime Unit City of London Police discuss why boards and directors should be interested in cyber security now more than ever, whether these criminals are ever prosecuted, and new technologies that companies should have on their radar to mitigate cyber-related crimes in the future.

Listen to the podcast HERE

Grant Thornton wins Women in Finance Employer of Year Award

The Grant Thornton team at the 2022 Women in Finance Awards.

Women on Boards partner Grant Thornton has been named Employer of the Year Award in the 2022 Women in Finance Awards for the progress made with its Gender Equity Action Plan in the last 18 months

This has included:

  • Launch of the Gender Equity Network (GEN)
  • Enhanced industry leading 26 weeks parental leave policy to include the payment of superannuation on unpaid leave
  • Launch of Circle In – an online platform providing support and guidance for team members and managers at all stages of parenting and caregiving
  • Certified as a Family Inclusive Workplace by Family Friendly Workplaces (in collaboration with UNICEF)
  • Introduction of a Domestic and Family Violence policy including paid leave
  • Piloted inclusive leadership training for senior leaders
  • Piloted ally training for GEN allies
  • Launch of an Inclusive Sponsorship program to enhance the support we give to our female and gender diverse sponsorees
  • Updated imagery and language in our brand guidelines to ensure inclusiveness and appeal to a broad a range of candidates

The award recognises the business in the financial services industry that demonstrated the best balance of gender diversity and commitment to the progression of women within the organisation. The judges assessed initiatives within the firm such as flexible working arrangements, equal pay, training and career development.

Greg Keith, Grant Thornton CEO said, “This Award recognises the hard work our team has put into making Grant Thornton an exceptional place to work where every person is valued for their input, regardless of gender, sexuality or family status. To have our firm acknowledged as a place to work where team members can be their authentic selves and be nurtured, as well as challenged to progress through the ranks, is a rewarding experience for myself and all our leadership team.”

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