• AWARDS at CSO50 •


The CSO50 Awards recognize 50 organizations (and the people within them) for their security project or initiative that demonstrates 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. Awards will be presented at the CSO50 Conference + Awards.

Past winners include Aetna, Allstate, American Express, Comcast, Home Depot, Genpact, Prudential Financial, Xerox and many more.

View Photos from the 2019 CSO50 Ceremony


The CSO Hall of Fame recognizes leaders who have made significant contributions to the advancement of information risk management and security. In its inaugural year, the CSO Hall of Fame inductees were 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.

For questions regarding the CSO Hall of Fame, please contact awards@cio.com

Inaugural CSO Hall of Fame Class

2020 CSO Hall of Fame Press Release

  • Tim Callahan, SVP, Global CISO, Aflac
  • Dave Estick, CISO, Starbucks
  • Jamil Farshchi, CISO, Equifax
  • Emily Heath, Chief Trust & Security Officer, DocuSign
  • Brad Maiorino, CISO, Thomson Reuters
  • Kathy Orner, VP, Chief Risk Officer, CWT
  • Jim Routh, Head of Enterprise Information Risk Management, MassMutual
  • Gregory Wood, SVP, Technology Risk Management & Security, The Walt Disney Company
  • Timothy Youngblood, Corporate VP, CISO, McDonald’s
  • Michael Assante, posthumously, SANS Institute and Center for Strategic and International Studies

2020 CSO50 Award Winners

2020 CSO50 Winner Press Release

Aaron’s, Inc.




Amity University, UP


Bechtel Global Corporation

BNY Mellon | Pershing

Brigham Young University

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services/Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

City of Gainesville / Gainesville Regional Utilities

City of Greensboro

Coast Capital Savings

CPS Energy

Eaton County Central Dispatch


Expedia Group

Forever Living Products



HD Supply, Inc.

Health Care Service Corporation


Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

HP Inc

ICON Clinical Research

Kansas State University

Legendary Entertainment

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority


MUFG Brazil S.A.

NCR Corporation

ND Information Technology Department

O.F. Mossberg & Sons


Penn Medicine

Peraton Inc.


Prudential Financial, Inc.

Q2 Software, Inc.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Saudi Aramco

Skyworks Solutions Inc.

St. Louis Cardinals, LLC

Texas Dow Employee Credit Union

TVS Motor Company

United Nations International Computing Centre

Visa Inc.

Webster Bank


The CSO50 Award is a recognized mark of risk and security excellence. The award is given to organizations/companies rather than individuals, making it an honor in which everyone on your security team can take pride. It is your opportunity to share with your peers the risk and security innovations that led the way to greater success for your organization. Of course, we know some details must be held confidential – and we provide the way for you to do that.

Executives and managers from honored organizations will be recognized among their peers and colleagues at the 2020 CSO50 Conference + Awards. Each winning organization will receive complimentary conference passes.

In addition to being recognized as a security leader, for all the team and new hire benefits that provides, being honored as a CSO50 company will bring your executives unparalleled access to peers and true experts at our CSO50 conference. The conference is open to an exclusive group of security and IT practitioners and sponsors.

For questions regarding the CSO50, please contact awards@cio.com 

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