Spirion Brings Home the Gold in the 2021 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards and Globee® Cyber Security Global Excellence Awards Programs

Spirion recently won seven new awards for excellence, innovation, and leadership in protecting what matters most—the personal data of colleagues, customers and communities.

We took home three gold awards in the 2021 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards and four Globee® Business Awards, including three gold and one silver, in the 2021 Cybersecurity Global Excellence Awards for our Privacy-Grade platform, Privacy Please podcast series, and customer success at California State University and Illinois College.

We are proud to receive 2021 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards in the following categories:

  • Privacy – North America (between 100-499 employees): Gold
  • Data Classification – North America (between 100-499 employees): Gold
  • Best Cybersecurity Podcast – North America (100-499 employees): Gold
2021 Cybersecurity Excellence Award: GOLD

We are also proud to receive Globee Awards in the following categories:

  • Data Classification and Governance: Gold
  • Privacy Solution: Silver
  • Best Deployments and Customer Success of the Year, Security Software: Gold awarded to Spirion customer, Illinois College
  • Chief Security Officer of the Year: Gold awarded to Spirion customer, Ed Hudson, CISO at California State University
Globee® 2021 Business Awards: GOLD

About the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards

Each year the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards recognize companies, products, and professionals that demonstrate excellence, innovation, and leadership in information security. The awards are produced by cybersecurity Insiders in partnership with the information security community on LinkedIn, tapping into the vast experience of over 400,000+ cybersecurity professionals to honor the world’s best cybersecurity products, professionals and organizations.

About the Globee® Business Awards

Now in its 17th year, the Globee Awards recognize cybersecurity and information technology vendors with advanced, ground-breaking products, solutions, and services that help set the bar higher for others in all areas of security and technologies. More than 45 judges from around the world, representing a wide spectrum of industry expertise, participated in this year’s judging process.

Here’s an overview of our award-winning customers and podcast:

Ed Hudson, CISO at California State University, Wins Gold as Chief Security Officer of the Year

The California State University (CSU) system is the largest four-year public university in the country, with almost half a million students and 50,000 employees across 23 campuses. Ed Hudson, Chief Information and Security Officer at Cal State University, and his security team recently implemented Spirion to systematically automate personal data discovery, classification and protection across their vast network of servers and endpoints, significantly maturing their data protection model.

Instituting the data protection program was a significant endeavor. Still, Hudson and his CSU security team are committed to preventing misuse and reducing the risk associated with personal data. “You can’t avoid an important project just because it is difficult,” says Hudson. “We have a responsibility to our students, staff, and faculty who trust us to secure their data.” For Hudson and his team, the program stems from a simple idea: If you don’t know what you have, you can’t protect it.

Illinois College Wins Gold for Best Deployments and Customer Success of the Year in Security Software

In preparing for an upcoming Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) audit, Illinois College, one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, needed to identify where the personal information of students, their guardians, faculty, and administration was located so they could ensure its privacy. The 191-year old institution implemented Spirion to locate, inventory, and classify student and faculty data according to compliance regulations and campus rules.

Since their deployment of Spirion, Illinois College has gained full visibility into where all of their hard-to-find personal information lives and has automated the protection options for that data. Their small IT team has also effectively reduced their personal data footprint, which allows them to focus their limited resources and data security spend more accurately.

Learn more about Spirion’s deployment at Illinois College here.

Privacy Please Podcast Wins Gold as Best Cybersecurity Podcast – North America (100-499 Employees)

Keeping up with security is a full-time job and not always fun. Launched in January 2020, Privacy Please is a genuine and informative podcast about data privacy and security issues relevant to everyday circumstances. Hosts Cameron Ivey and Gabe Gumbs launched the series to share their passion for making infosec a little more enjoyable by turning otherwise tech-heavy content into free-flowing, authentic, and unscripted fun.

Earlier this year, Feedspot ranked the fast-growing Privacy Please series among the Top 25 Data Security Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. With more than 56 episodes available (each produced in-house), every podcast is anchored in the real-world, featuring a guest with subject-matter authority—ranging from military heroes, politicians, CISOs, educators, founders, authors, and industry influencers—who share their intriguing and sometimes surprising tales of data security and privacy.

Some of the most popular episodes include:

  • Ep. 27 – Sergeant First Class, Brittany Conley, Senior Recruiter, and Team Lead for the South Carolina National Guard.
  • Ep. 40 – Thomas Besore, Esq – Certified Privacy Advocate; attorney by day and Certified Privacy Professional by night.
  • Ep. 29 – Debbie Reynolds – The Data Diva shares privacy concerns and tips around facial recognition, photo access, and clipboard issues.
  • Ep. 43 – Ellison Anne Williams, CEO, Founder at Enveil, a data security company protecting data in use, and the powerful message behind the proudest moment in her personal life.

Be sure to tune into Privacy Please here.

Congratulations to our customers and team for championing what matters most.