Meeting challenges

Companies move swiftly to take advantage of new technologies to get an edge on the competition. Often, this leads to security vulnerabilities too big to ignore. A host of data breaches have occurred at tons of companies over the past year to prove this.

But, a change is occurring. Information security is getting much more attention from many corporate executives than in the past. They are beginning to understand the risks poor information security planning can cause. More importantly, C-level executives are entrusting their information security leaders to make information security a fundamental part of overall business operations. The likes of cloud computing platforms and services, virtualized environments, Web 2.0 applications and more are becoming an integral part of critical business initiatives, but concerns about safeguarding the data shared through these means are leading to the development of extensive security policies and the deployment of technologies and rules to ensure these are followed. And, while the poor economic climate that impacted us all last year is beginning to show some signs of recovery, the many trials associated with emaciated budgets have seen information security professionals rise to still other challenges.

The SC Awards program celebrates this unyielding, determined spirit. This year, finalists were chosen from more than 600 entries for the Reader Trust, Excellence and Professional Awards categories. These are judged by panels of leading security officers from all major vertical markets. The Reader Trust Awards panel was created through invitation of more than 1,000 end-users of security technology. And, the more than 25 Excellence and Professional Awards judges were selected by us for their industry expertise. The panels conduct in-depth analysis and consider many factors in narrowing down the field to reach our list of finalists and, ultimately, our winners. These companies and professionals represent the best of the security industry. They are just some of this vibrant marketplace's leading lights and we're excited to extol their skills, innovation and accomplishments during yet another SC Awards.

– Illena Armstrong, editor-in-chief, SC Magazine

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