The best security developments can only come through strategic coordination of resources and endorsement from the top. And for security leaders to successfully drive that car forward, they need an astute understanding of both the technology and the needs of the customer.

This year's finalists for security executive of the year are the veterans and perennial influencers in the cybersecurity development community, with a history of leadership in companies that have their pulse on the needs of the user community. They have proven track records in delivery of products and services that meet the requirements of enterprises and small and medium business, across the various market verticals.