The forum is not seeking to “reinvent the wheel”. There already exists a lot of awareness materials for individuals as well as organisations. However there has been a lack of co-ordination, resulting in overlaps and gaps too. The forum brings together interested parties to work together to remove some of the overlaps, and to partner with organisations to fill some of the gaps.
The group has no plans to develop awareness materials where they already exist, so with their permission, will use materials from organisations such as Get Safe Online which already engages in awareness campaigns as well as being a suitable repository for the target audiences to reference.
The forum receives no direct funding, and its participants work on a voluntary basis. Sponsorship of the forum is currently restricted to sponsorship of particular projects that the forum initiates.
One of the first deliverables of the forum is a Guide for Directors which is now available from the awareness forum's website This is a set of short guides covering different aspects of information security which directors of organisations need to be aware of. The guide is being developed in conjunction with BT and the Information Assurance Advisory Council , and is an example of how the forum engages with industry players through our support of projects focused around specific deliverables and outcomes.
Membership of the forum is restricted to professional bodies with a specific interest in information security awareness: