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GSN announces Winners and Finalists in the 2016 Homeland Security Awards Program

Touhill

Government Security News is pleased to announce the Winners and Finalists in its 8th annual Homeland Security Awards Program, and to thank the indefatigable Chuck Brooks and his team for serving as expert judges with great distinction. Not surprisingly, Chuck Brooks is once again the odds-on favorite to become the “Cybersecurity Marketer of the Year”.

It is similarly no surprise, in light of what took place in the recent Presidential election, that the subject of Cybersecurity attracted more entries in the 2016 Awards Program than any other topic.

On a very important note on the subject of Cybersecurity, GSN would like to take this opportunity to salute Brigadier General (retired) Gregory Touhill, who has been named as the First Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States. He was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, National Programs and Protection Directorate, Department of Homeland Security. Additionally, he was Chief Information Officer and Director of Command, Control, Communications and Cyber Systems at the U.S. Transportation Command. In 2014, General Touhill authored a book titled “Cybersecurity for Executives.”

Before moving on to the announcement of Winners and Finalists, I would like to share with everyone the comments that Chuck Brooks made about the quality of the entries in the Awards Program, which I believe described this year’s Awards perfectly. His comments also explain why you will see a number of categories which have more than one Winner. In Mr Brooks’ words:

“These are my general perceptions of the Awards: Each year the quality and scope of the submissions makes it more difficult to judge. They are all deserving. There are no inferior security products or services that I evaluated – they are all stellar. The approaches and methods sometimes differ among the entries and that is largely because they are highly focused on their specific client needs. As to the government entries, these submissions exemplify the best in public/private cooperation. Government is moving rapidly into the digital era and integrating technologies, processes and accordingly new mandates of their government agencies and programs.”

With that introduction from Mr. Brooks, here are the 2016 Winners and Finalists:

Category #1: Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions

Judging in this category is based on a combination of:

 

  • Increase in client organization’s security
  • Technological innovation or improvement
  • Filling a recognized government IT security need
  • Flexibility of solution to meet current and future organizational needs

 

Best User & Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) Solution

• Amplivox - Finalist

• Identive - Finalist

• FLIR - Finalist

• Rave Mobile Security – Finalist

• Gurucul - Winner

Best Industrial Cybersecurity Solution

• Aperio - Winner

• Claroty - Finalist

• Darktrace - Winner

• Indegy - Winner

Best Application Security Solution

• Waratek - Winner

Best Multifactor Authentication Solution

• No entries

Best Anti-Malware Solution

• Blue Ridge - Winner

• Bromium - Winner

• Passages - Finalist

Best Identity Management Platform

• Centrify - Winner

• Forum Systems - Finalist

• HID Global - Winner

Best Enterprise File Solution

• No entries

Best Compliance/Vulnerability Assessment Solution

• Netwrix Corporation - Finalist

• Risk Vision - Finalist

• SolarWinds - Winner

• Wombat - Finalist

Best Cyber Operational Risk Intelligence

• Red Seal - Winner

Best Data Security/Loss Management Solution

• Spiron - WInner

Best Email Security and Integrity Solution

• Wombat Security Technologies - Winner

Best Endpoint Detection and Response Solution

• Bromium - Winner

• Illusive Networks - Winner

• Tychon - Finalists

Best Forensic Software

• No Entries

Best Big Data Analytics Solution

• Securiport - Winner

Best Threat Intelligence Solution

• Securiport - Winner

Best Network Security/Enterprise Firewall

• Forcepoint - Winner
• ViaSat - Finalist

Best Physical Logical Privileged Access Management Solution

• Beyond Trust - Winner

• Centrify Corporation - Finalist

• Cyber Ark - Finalist

• EKUSA - Finalist

• Forum Systems - Finalist

• Identive - Winner

Best Continuous Monitoring and Mitigation Solution

• Cyber Ark – Winner

• Darktrace - Winner

• Netwrix - Finalist

• Passages - Finalist

• Securiport - Finalist

• Solar Winds Worldwide - Finalist

Best Security Incident & Event Management (SIEM) Solution

• Netwrix - Winner

• SolarWinds Worldwide - Winner

Best Security Infrastructure Orchestration

• Phantom - Winner

Best Server Security Solution

• BlueRidge - Winner

Category #2: Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions

Judging in this category is based on a combination of:

 

  • Increase in client organization
  • Technological innovation or improvement
  • Filling a recognized government IT security need
  • Flexibility of solution to meet current and future organizational needs

 

PHYSICAL SECURITY ACCESS CONTROL, IDENTIFICATION, COMMUNICATIONS

Best Biometric Identification System

• No Entry

Best Access Control Hardware

• Identive - Winner

Best Asset Tracking With Pairing Technology

• Offsite Vision Holdings - Winner

Best Mass Notification System

• Amplifox Sound Systems - Winner

• LRAD 2 – Finalist

• Rave Mobile Security - Finalist

Best Acoustic Hailing Service

• Amplivox Sound System – Finalist

• LRAD - Winner

Best Lock-Down and 9-1-1 Notification in Active Shooter Situations

• Rave Mobile Safety - Winner

Best Active Shooter Gunshot Detection Solution

• Shooter Detection System -- Winner

DETECTION PRODUCTS

Best Chemical Detection Product or Solution

• FLIR - Winner

Best Explosives Detection Product or Solution

• FLIR - Winner

Best Nuclear/Radiation Detection Solution

• FLIR - Winner

Best Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPAR)

• Perceptics LLC - Winner

Best Satellite-Based Broad Band Communications Solution

• Inmarsat - Winner

Best Search and Rescue, Distress Beacon Connection Solutions

• No Entry

Best Satellite Connectivity Infrastructure, Positioning, Emergency Response

• No Entry

Best Spherical Situational Awareness Imaging Technology

• IC Realtime - Winner

OTHER PRODUCTS

Best Perimeter Protection, Intrusion Detection System

• Ross Technology Corporation - Winner

Best Crash Barriers (Gates, Fences, Barriers, Bollards)

• Ross Technology Corporation - Winner

Best Guard Booths

• B.I.G Enterprises – Winner

SERVICES/EDUCATION

Best Disaster Preparedness, Recovery, Clean-up

• High Rise Escape Systems Inc - Winner

CATEGORY 3: GSN 2016 Government Excellence Award

Judging in this category will be based on one or more of the following criteria:

 

  • Development of successful strategy and increase in public safety
  • Providing a notable solution to a recognized problem
  • Reduction in cost and/or major increase in efficiency and effectiveness
  • Decisive, successful action to respond to threat or emergency

 

Special note on this year’s Government Awards: Rather than relying on predetermined categories, the judges decided instead to select five entries that would best represent the term Government Excellence.

Readers who would like to learn more about the selected entries may go to the GSN 2016 Digital Yearbook of Homeland Security Awards, where descriptions of the Government Excellence Winner’s entries will be posted shortly.

2016 Government Excellence Entry selected by judges:
Name of Agency: USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS)

Category: Most Notable Federal Government Program, Project or Initiative

Name of Product: BeyondTrust Powerbroker

 

2016 Government Excellence Entry selected by judges:

Name of Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Category: Most Notable Cybersecurity Program or Technology

Name of Product, Service or Program: Personal Identity Verification (PIV) and Single Sign On (SSO) enablement

 

2016 Government Excellence Entry selected by judges:

Name of Agency: Department of Homeland Security, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications

Category: Most Notable Cybersecurity Program or Technology

Name of Product: National Cybersecurity Assessments and Technical Services (NCATS)

 

2016 Government Excellence Entry selected by judges:

Name of Agency: State of Montana

Category: Most Notable State Government Program, Project or Initiative

Name of Program: State Information Technology Services Division (SITSD), State of Montana

 

2016 Government Excellence Entry selected by judges:

Name of Agency: DOJ, OPM

Name of Category: Most Notable Government Security Program, Project of Initiative

Name of Nominated Product, Service or Program: Interagency Security Committee Risk Management Process (ISCRMP) Training Program

 

2016 Government Excellence Entry selected by Judges

Name of Agency: Wombat Security Technologies

Category: Most Notable Cybersecurity Program or Technology

Name of Product, Service or Program: Wombat Security Education Platform

Nomination process

Vendors of IT security or physical security products or solutions may nominate themselves or be nominated by a federal, state or local government official

Government agencies or departments may nominate their own agency or department, or another government agency or department, or may be nominated by a vendor of IT Security or Physical Security products and solutions.

Entrants in any category may enter for multiple awards.

Entry procedure

Each entrant, or representative of entrant’s company or government agency, must fill out a separate entry form for each award being sought.

A written narrative of company or agency’s achievements and credentials for the award being sought should not exceed 500 words. Entrants are welcome to provide supporting documentation such as Web links, supporting letters or favorable press coverage of their company or agency.

 

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