Winners will be recognized at the annual CS50 Conference + Awards in November 2021

Boston, Mass. – May 3, 2021 – IDG’s CSO – the premier security media brand providing insight into business risk leadership – is pleased to announce the 2021 CSO50 award winners and CSO Hall of Fame inductees. The CSO50 award recognizes organizations for security projects and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership. The CSO Hall of Fame is bestowed upon the individuals whose work has advanced the CSO/CISO role, secured business, and inspired others in the industry. Honorees will be recognized at the annual CSO50 Conference + Awards taking place November 16-18, 2021.

“The disruptive events of 2020 – combined with sophisticated and far-reaching attacks like SolarWinds – brought new challenges and costs to organizations, their security leaders, and business outcomes,” said Amy Bennett, executive editor of CSO. “Our annual CSO50 and CSO Hall of Fame Awards recognize security teams and leaders that bring innovation and thought leadership to solving for the many risks their organizations continue to face. This year’s winners represent an elite group of risk and security thought leaders, and we are pleased to give them the recognition they deserve.”

To bring the innovative projects and leadership strategies to life, many winners will speak at the conference.  The 2021 CSO50 Conference + Awards will focus on “Reimagining Risk,” showcasing the resilience and innovation that continues to take place during uncertain times. Winning projects and initiatives will be featured in lively sessions discussing the most important challenges facing security leaders today, along with innovative ways organizations are addressing them.

“The constantly evolving security landscape can be difficult to navigate; however, the community built around our CSO50 Conference + Awards helps to foster connections and conversations based on the best practices of winning organizations,” noted Bob Bragdon, worldwide SVP/Managing Director, CSO. “As we explore the future of work, security teams will continue to need to build resilience while innovating for their organizations to flourish. This event provides the roadmap to do just that.”

2021 CSO50 Award Winners

  • Accenture
  • Adobe
  • ADP
  • Aflac
  • The Allstate Corporation
  • Arm Ltd
  • Atlassian
  • Avery Dennison
  • Carrier
  • Cisco
  • Delta Dental of New Jersey and Connecticut
  • DocuSign
  • ecobee
  • Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC)
  • FedEx
  • Florida State University
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Infosys Limited
  • Intel Corporation
  • JetBlue Airways
  • KraftHeinz
  • Lexmark International
  • Los Angeles World Airports
  • ManpowerGroup
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Mr. Cooper
  • NetFortris
  • Nexteer Automotive
  • Parrot Drones
  • Parsons Corporation
  • PCM Trials
  • PVH
  • Q2
  • Relativity
  • Saudi Aramco
  • Snowflake
  • Southwest Gas Corporation
  • State of Kansas: Office of Information Technology Services
  • STEMatch
  • Tanium
  • TIAA
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Verizon Communications, Inc.
  • Waverley Borough Council
  • Western Governors University
  • Wolters Kluwer
  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

2021 CSO Hall of Fame Class

  • Roland Cloutier, Global CSO, TikTok
  • Deneen DeFiore, VP & CISO, United Airlines
  • Andy Ellis, Operating Partner, YL Ventures
  • Bobby Ford, SVP/CSO, HPE
  • Renee Guttmann, CISO, Campbell Soup Company
  • Meredith Harper, VP/CISO, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Mike Towers, CISO, Takeda
  • Mark Weatherford, CISO, AlertEnterprise
  • Jason Witty, Global CISO, J.P. Morgan Chase

Register to Attend
To learn more about the 2021 CSO50 Conference + Awards and register to attend, please visit

Sponsor Opportunities
The CSO50 Conference + Awards is proud to have IBM (Platinum), Google Chrome Enterprise (Executive), Isara (Demo) as partners for the event. Learn about additional partners joining the conversation by visiting For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.

About the CSO50 Awards
The CSO50 Awards recognizes 50 organizations for security projects and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership. 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. The 2021 awards will be presented at the CSO50 Conference + Awards.

About the CSO Hall of Fame
The CSO Hall of Fame recognizes leaders who have made significant contributions to the advancement of information risk management and security. The CSO Hall of Fame inductees are selected by the editors of CSO and its advisors and executives. Because of the connected nature of today’s business environments, managing the operational risk of any single organization is of vital importance. The CSO Hall of Fame inductees exemplify the qualities of leadership and excellence and, by their example, contribute to the improvement of security across all organizations. The 2021 awards will be presented at the CSO50 Conference + Awards.

About CSO
CSO is the premier content and community resource for security decision makers leading business risk management efforts within their organizations. For more than a decade, CSO’s award-winning website (, executive conferences, strategic marketing services 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.

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 Communications, Inc. Company information is available at

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