BIZ BUZZ: Cybersecurity award for Aboitiz
Endika Aboitiz is all smiles these days and not just because of the steps that the Aboitiz Group is taking for long-term growth.
Another reason is that cybersecurity firm BlueVoyant won the MSSP (Managed Security Service Provider) of the Year award during the recent Microsoft Security Excellence Awards 2023.
BlueVoyant’s achievements and track record helped it rise to the top of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association, an ecosystem of software vendors and MSSPs that have integrated their security products and services with Microsoft’s security technology. BlueVoyant’s expertise is made available in the Philippines through BlueVoyant Philippines that Aboitiz chairs.
The Philippine unit of the award-winning cybersecurity company was incorporated in 2019 to help improve the cyber defenses of local firms in key sectors such as banking, insurance, fintech, energy and utilities.
On the award, Aboitiz, who also chairs the Aboitiz Group, said: “BlueVoyant Philippines is dedicated to raising the bar of Philippine companies on cybersecurity and provide local businesses with access to advanced cyber defenses previously only available to the largest and well-funded institutions.”
“I am delighted that Microsoft has recognized the work BlueVoyant does around the globe to enhance organizations’ cyber defense posture and that we can bring our award winning services to improve the security awareness of local enterprises,” he added. —Tina Arceo-Dumlao
Nickel Asia’s pride
Natural resources development company Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC) has instituted a policy to promote diversity, equality and inclusion across its operations.
NAC unveiled its new policy on diversity, equality and inclusivity “to acknowledge and honor the diversity among its leadership, workforce and stakeholders.”
Aligned with the the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals on Gender Equality, it spells out various commitments such as ensuring diversity within its leadership and making a steadfast pledge to hire and promote employees based on merit and performance.
NAC will conduct a comprehensive training to equip employees with the necessary tools to understand diversity, inclusivity and equality.
“We firmly believe in the power of diversity and the invaluable contributions that every individual brings to the table. The launch of this groundbreaking policy during Pride Month reinforces our unwavering support for the LGBTQIA+ community and our commitment to providing an environment that respects and celebrates the unique perspectives of all employees,” said NAC president and CEO Martin Antonio Zamora.
The latest initiative, coinciding with the celebration of Pride Month and the listed firm’s 15th anniversary, is in accordance with its pursuit of a safe and respectful work environment, free from any instances of harassment or discrimination.
“Sustainability is about more than just taking care of our environment and practicing responsible mining. It’s about embracing the social and cultural aspects that make our organization and society thrive,” NAC senior vice president for corporate support and compliance and chief compliance officer Georgina Carolina Martinez said. —Jordeene B. Lagare
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