How about Those Cyber Security Awards? Great in the Wake of SolarWinds and the MSFT Exchange Issues

March 26, 2021

The Cyber Defense Awards, hosted by Cyber Defense Magazine, has released its list of “InfoSec Awards for 2020-Winners.” The introduction reads:

“These InfoSec Awards are in their 8th year and specifically focused on finding innovative infosec players who have a presence in the United States and other countries. With over 3,200 cybersecurity companies worldwide, only a small number – roughly 10% – are highlighted as InfoSec Awards 2020 winners, based upon independent judging and analysis.  This year, we’ve continued to expand our coverage of some of our winning Women in Cybersecurity who will be rolled into our annual update, highlighting some of the innovative women helping taking cybersecurity to new heights.”

It is nice that the awards are recognizing the contributions of women in the male dominated field, and the post presents us with an impressive list of companies. However, we note one name seems to be missing—FireEye, the firm whose smart human analyst (non AI infused) actually caught the widespread SolarWinds’ attack. After that debacle, the effects of which the cyber-security community is still unraveling, we wonder whether these awards are justified. Perhaps they should have taken the year off.

Be that as it may, those interested in the cyber security field may want to check out the full list. It and a description of the judges’ approach can be viewed at the link above.

Now the $64 dollar question: How many of these “winners” detected the SolarWinds and Exchange breaches? Choose one: [a] None, [b] Zip, [c] Zero, [d] Nada.

Cynthia Murrell, March 26, 2021


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