Innovation builds upon the best of what a sector offers today to create solutions that will transform the way businesses operate tomorrow. The individuals that drive that innovation bring to the table a specific set of skills: problem-solving expertise, technological prowess, and an ability to think in the abstract to understand what is (or could be) possible.

From executives at established companies to founders of promising startups, those recognized in this category have their thumb on research and development efforts for their company, reading the technological tea leaves to ensure the cybersecurity industry stays one step ahead of adversaries.

FINALIST | SECURITY INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

BLAKE BRANNON
Position: Chief Technology Officer
Company: OneTrust
Noteworthy: OneTrust has achieved more than 130 patents (many with Blake’s name on them) with dozens more awaiting approval.

FINALIST | SECURITY INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

JEREMY BROWN
Position: Vice President, Threat Analysis
Company: Trinity Cyber
Noteworthy: Developed counter maneuvers for a DNS exploit requiring deep parsing of a certain kind of traffic and deployed to all clients in less than two days.

FINALIST | SECURITY INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

JOSEPH FEIMAN
Position: Chief Strategy Officer
Company: WhiteHat Security
Noteworthy: At his direction, DevSecOps was implemented into the internal teams at WhiteHat.

FINALIST | SECURITY INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

TOM JERMOLUK
Position: Co-Founder, CEO
Company: Beyond Identity
Noteworthy: Drove decision to offer businesses the ability to adopt the company’s core passwordless technology for free, for all customers or employees, forever.

FINALIST | SECURITY INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

JUAN RODRIGUEZ
Position: Founder/Chief Technology Officer
Company: Whistic
Noteworthy: Helps the engineers get out of the weeds of developing and writing new code to see how their work is moving the business forward.