Brandon Hall Excellence AwardsBooz Allen Hamilton, a leading provider of management consulting, technology and engineering services to the U.S. government, major corporations and not-for-profit organizations, today announced that the Brandon Hall Group has awarded it with its coveted Excellence in Learning Gold Award for the Best in Compliance Training category. Booz Allen Hamilton was honored for its results with their patented STAR*Phish™ awareness training process, which is part of Booz Allen Hamilton’s cybersecurity offering. A complete list of winners is listed at the Brandon Hall Group awards page.

The award recognizes Booz Allen Hamilton’s interactive STAR*Phish training program, which evaluates the effectiveness of pre-incident training to improve end-user performance against phishing attacks. STAR*Phish showed that sustained, unannounced and simulated experiences, when combined with short and targeted remedial training, works better than awareness bulletins and compliance training and induces behavior change in how users responded to phishing attacks.

“We are extremely proud to honor Booz Allen and our other 2013 award-winning organizations for their remarkable achievements,” said Mike Cooke, Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group, Inc. “This elite group of organizations excelled in developing measurable, sustainable programs that produced outstanding business results.”

The Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program is one of the most prestigious awards program in the Learning, Talent Management and Sales & Marketing arena. The entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group Sr. Analysts and Executive Leadership based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measureable benefits. This year’s honorees were picked from hundreds of entries from more than 20 countries.

“Phishing attacks are one of the fastest growing cyber security concerns, and organizations need focused training to stay one step ahead of threats, says Kevin Winter, Chief Information Officer at Booz Allen Hamilton. “Booz Allen is pleased that its cutting edge work in providing strong cyber hygiene services has been recognized by the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program, which is often acknowledged as the ‘Academy Awards’ of the learning, talent and business industry.”

About Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton is the leading provider of management consulting, technology and engineering services to the U.S. government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employees more than 23,000 people, and had revenue of $5.76 billion for the 12 months ending March 31, 2013.

About Brandon Hall Group 

Having worked with more than 10,000 clients globally and after 20 years of delivering world–‐class solutions, Brandon Hall Group is the preeminent research and analyst organization focused on developing research–‐driven solutions to drive organizational performance for emerging and large organizations. Brandon Hall Group has an extensive repository of thought leadership, research, data and expertise in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Sales Effectiveness, Marketing Impact, and Executive Management. (

Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.