CSO Recognizes Security Innovation in Today’s Evolving Digital Landscape with 2016 CSO50 Awards

Fifty security programs to be recognized at the CSO50 Conference + Awards

Framingham, Mass. – November 23, 2015 – IDG Enterprise’s CSO—the premier security media brand providing insight into business risk leadership—is proud to recognize 50 organizations for developing and implementing security initiatives that drive business value, with the 2016 CSO50 Awards. To help security leaders and organizations in building security strategies, honorees will be sharing case studies of their winning projects at the CSO50 Conference + Awards, being held April 18-20, 2016, at The Wigwam Resort near Phoenix, Arizona. The conference will conclude with an awards ceremony, celebrating the CSO50 honoree organizations and their security leadership.

“Security professionals know that securing an organization is about much more than mere defense today; it’s also about enabling business and driving ROI,” said Joan Goodchild, editor in chief, CSO. “Our annual CSO50 Awards recognize the innovation, creativity and business acumen that goes into creating outstanding security projects.  We congratulate each of our winners for their accomplishments in creating projects that not only demonstrate state-of-the-art security, but exemplary business value as well.”

In addition to recognizing and hearing from the 2016 CSO50 Award honorees, the CSO50 Conference + Awards will focus on “Proactive Strategies for Today’s Digital Landscape.” Over three days, honorees and security leaders will lead keynote sessions and rapid-fire presentations providing a look into successes and challenges for keeping organizational assets secure and mitigating risk in an environment with significant oversight and input from senior leadership and the Board of Directors. During the sessions, speakers will share ideas, concepts and trends on topics like: detecting/addressing advanced threats; optimizing security intelligence; securing apps and endpoints; cloud security; secure IT infrastructures; and more.

“Security continues to be elevated in business strategy conversations, from the board to the CEO and throughout the organization. CSOs are leading the charge to protect their organization’s assets while the organization innovates and continues to stay agile,” said Bob Bragdon, vice president and publisher, CSO. “I am extremely impressed with the security innovation our honorees have demonstrated and their stories will encourage other organizations to grow and embrace innovation without sacrificing security.”

 2016 CSO50 Award Honorees:

  • ADP
  • Aetna
  • Aflac (recognized for 2 projects)
  • Amity Education Group
  • Amkor Technology
  • Atlantic Health System
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Boston University
  • CA Technologies
  • Centura Health
  • City of Houston
  • The Clorox Company
  • Comcast (recognized for 2 projects)
  • Comcast Cable
  • Cox Communications
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Early Warning Services
  • Fairfax County Government
  • Freedom Mortgage
  • Gamestop
  • Georgia-Pacific, LLC
  • HCSC
  • Health Net Inc.
  • HMS
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • INC Research
  • Jumeirah International
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • L’Oreal USA
  • Martin Health System
  • MasterCard WorldWide
  • MorphoTrust USA
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Quintiles Inc.
  • SAP SE (recognized for 2 projects)
  • The University of Vermont Medical Center
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • USPS
  • ViaSat Inc.
  • Viewpost (recognized for 2 projects)
  • VMware
  • Voya Financial (recognized for 2 projects)

Sponsor Opportunities:
Current CSO50 Conference + Awards underwriters include Forsythe and Microsoft as well as Tempered Networks, RSA and Wombat as sponsors. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bob Bragdon at 508.935.4443 or

Register to Attend
To attend the CSO50 Conference + Awards, please call 800.643.4668 or visit to register online.

About the CSO50 Awards
Launched in 2013, the CSO50 Awards recognizes 50 organizations for security projects and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value. The CSO50 Awards are scored according to a uniform set of criteria by a panel of judges that includes security leaders, industry experts and academics. Awards will be presented at the CSO50 Conference + Awards. Past winners include Baker Hughes, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, MetLife, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., and many more. A complete list of the 2015 winners can be viewed on IDG Enterprise’s website.

About CSO
CSO is the premier content and community resource for security decision-makers leading “business risk management” efforts within their organization. For more than a decade, CSO’s award-winning website (, executive conferences, strategic marketing solutions and research have equipped security decision-makers to mitigate both IT and corporate/physical risk for their organizations and provided opportunities for security vendors looking to reach this audience. Based on editorial coverage and design, the Folio Eddie awards named as the best BtoB Technology Website in 2015. To assist CSOs in educating their organizations’ employees on corporate and personal security practices, CSO also produces the quarterly newsletter Security Smart. CSO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at

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Lynn Holmlund
Marketing Director
IDG Enterprise
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