Last Friday (20) the entire staff of IAAF HQ took part in a full day’s training focused on cyber security and ethical compliance.
The speakers were IAAF Council Member Sylvia Barlag, former London 2012 General Counsel Terry Miller, and Luis Rodriguez, a representative of Hacknet, a Geneva-based IT company offering audit and consulting services in information systems security.
The day began with the first of two sessions of cyber security training which was attended by half of the staff, with a second session for their remaining colleagues concluding the day. During both sessions an audio visual presentation explained the vulnerabilities everyone is exposed to when using the internet for either personal or business purposes. Staff were delivered an informative master class in best practise explaining how to remain safe and keep information secure in cyber space.
Training on ethical compliance principles and practice was held in between the two cyber sessions. The ethical compliance presentation which brought the whole staff together at the same time was divided in two parts. The first part explained the approach developed by the IAAF Working Group on Governance and Integrity Reform to build a new culture of ethical compliance, including new rules to be adopted under an Integrity Code of Conduct. The second part worked through some practical examples. Staff were divided into eight break-out groups which were asked to consider four different scenarios and how they should be dealt with by applying ethical principles.
The session then reconvened with the conclusions of each group discussed by the whole staff and guidance provided on what the most ethical response and procedure should be in those situations.
Further staff training will be offered when the IAAF’s new Athletics Integrity Unit is established at the beginning of April this year.