Innovation evolution

Any organization's success is reliant more than ever before on a range of technologies. To neglect messaging to customers through social media is marketing suicide. Failing to arm staff with iPhones, Androids or BlackBerries is productivity folly. Missing chances to educate constituents through the corporate website is a dissemination misstep. So, too, however, is the failure to safeguard all these networking avenues on which we all have come to depend.

 Cybercriminals, after all, are experiencing huge profits through these same forms of communication. Web application attacks, social engineering and any number of other online assaults are happening with a frequency never seen before. That's because today's savvier cyberattacker understands just as well as any leading business executive that the ways to enhance the good ole' bottom line is by taking advantage of the leading edge in business operations. And, we mustn't forget the exposures of customer data or intellectual property being made by disgruntled and laid-off employees during economic recessions.

 With still more schemes, no doubt, being devised, information security professionals are key to keeping businesses safe, customer and consumer information protected, and the overall critical infrastructure of the country running smoothly and soundly.

The SC Awards U.S. takes pride in celebrating these individuals for their embrace of innovation and technological advancement and, ultimately, their seeming unfaltering tenacity that we honor each year through our Reader Trust, Excellence and Professional Awards categories. While the first of these categories is decided by faithful SC Magazine readers from the end-user community, the Excellence and Professional Awards are judged by a specially chosen panel selected for their industry expertise and long-standing experience.

 The professionals, companies and solutions we call out tonight represent the best of the information security marketplace. Just as the technological landscape in which we all seem to be thriving continues to evolve, so too have these leading industry minds. It is our honor to extend congratulations to them all.

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