Today, CISOs Connect™ proudly reveals the triumphant recipients of the 2023 CISO Choice Awards, acknowledging outstanding security vendors as determined by an esteemed board of distinguished Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs).
As technology vendors rise to the challenge of addressing evolving security threats in a dynamic landscape, the sheer volume of solutions can overwhelm CISOs. Recognizing this, the CISO Choice Awards program aims to simplify the selection process for security and business leaders by spotlighting solutions that truly stand out.
Board member Jake Martens, SVP and CISO of Aristocrat, emphasized the importance of anticipating, rather than merely reacting to, evolving threat landscapes. “Our mission is to showcase innovative solutions at the forefront when CISOs make decisions crucial to safeguarding our organizations and governments,” Martens stated.
The board of judges, drawn from leading organizations across industries, boasts unparalleled expertise derived from years of designing and maintaining security programs. The selection process, marked by transparency and stringent criteria, reflects the collective decades of experience within the board.
Bradley Schaufenbuel, VP and CISO of Paychex, noted, “Our extensive collective experience at major corporations positions us excellently to discern the truly exceptional from the merely good. The prestige associated with these awards attracted remarkable candidates, and we are thrilled to present them to you.”
The 2023 CISO Choice Award Winners:
- VISIONARY COMPANY: Black Kite
- PREMIER SECURITY COMPANY: Proofpoint
- START-UP SECURITY COMPANY: CyberConvoy
- PARTNER IN SUCCESS: TruOps
- BEST USE OF AI: Rescana
- API SECURITY: Salt
- APPLICATION SECURITY: Seal Security
- BREACH & ATTACK SIMULATION: SafeBreach
- CLOUD SECURITY SOLUTION: Astrix Security
- CLOUD WORKLOAD PROTECTION PLATFORM: Aqua Security
- DATA SECURITY: Next DLP
- EMAIL SECURITY: SlashNext
- ENDPOINT SECURITY: Tanium
- IDENTITY AND ACCESS MANAGEMENT: Grip Security
- IOT SECURITY: Phosphorus Cybersecurity
- MSSP: CyberConvoy
- NETWORK SECURITY: Zero Networks
- RISK MANAGEMENT: TruOps
- SECURITY ANALYTICS: Forescout Technologies
- SECURITY OPERATIONS: Swimlane
- SECURITY AWARENESS TRAINING: Proofpoint
- SIEM: CyberConvoy
- THIRD PARTY RISK MANAGEMENT: Black Kite
- THREAT INTELLIGENCE: Cybersixgill
- VULNERABILITY MANAGEMENT: RapidFort
David Cass, GSR CISO and CISOs Connect President, expressed his admiration for the level of creative entrepreneurship showcased in this year’s awards. He extended congratulations to the winners and gratitude to the distinguished judges for their invaluable contributions.
The CISO Choice Awards 2023 Board of Judges included:
- Aaron Hughes, Albertsons Companies
- Angela Williams, UL Solutions
- Bradley Schaufenbuel, Paychex
- Jake Martens, Aristocrat
- James Blair, Todd Corporation
- Kevin McKenzie, CISOs Connect
- Michael Calderin, YAGEO Group
- Neda Pitt, Belk
- Ran Tenenbaum, Aroundtown SA
- Sai Iyer, Ziff Davis
- Shlomi Avivi, First Digital Bank
Renowned author and industry analyst Richard Stiennon, along with his Security Yearbook 2023, provided additional insights through a comprehensive vendor directory and an interactive dashboard.
Stiennon expressed his honor at working with leading CISOs and participating in the CISO Choice Awards, emphasizing the importance of solution providers in shaping industry trends.
Angela Williams, SVP and CISO of UL Solutions, underscored the significance of finding trusted partners, emphasizing the necessity of exceptional technology coupled with a commitment to collaboration.
Neda Pitt, VP of Information Security and CISO of Belk, emphasized the critical importance of identifying vendors who combine exceptional technology with a willingness to customize solutions for customer needs.
Kevin McKenzie, the CISO in Residence at CISOs Connect, highlighted the imperative of staying ahead of the curve and ensuring proactive defense.
Sai Iyer, CISO of Ziff Davis, recognized the need to acknowledge vendors exemplifying innovation and a forward-thinking mindset in a rapidly changing environment.