CISO50 and Future Security Awards 2020: winners revealed

As the world continues to navigate the challenges and changes brought about by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many organsations are realising the need to accelerate their digital journeys. 

Over the last few months, businesses across multiple industries have fast-tracked their adoption of digital solutions. While this has presented numerous benefits for these organisations, it has also given threat actors the opportunity to exploit new vulnerabilities within IT systems. 

If it wasn’t clear before, it is becoming more apparent now more than ever that security is a key priority for businesses no matter their size, industry or where they are located. 

It is also becoming more evident that the role of security leaders – whether it be the enterprise CISOs and IT security teams or security vendors – are becoming more integral in enabling organisations to continue to thrive, while staying resilient in the current landscape. 

Trecognise the excellent leadership that CISOs and IT security innovators have demonstrated over the past year, and Security Advisor ME hosted the CISO 50 and Future Security Awards. 

The virtual awards ceremony celebrated individuals, businesses, and vendors that have successfully navigated today’s challenges and thrived through digital technologies and delivered ground-breaking value through innovative application of security technologies. 

The Awards welcomed organisations from across the Middle East. It acclaimed the best security minds and projects in the region whose technologies, products or solutions are deemed to have a great potential in meeting the needs of today’s new business normal. 

The CISO50 and Future Security Awards 2020 also featured a thought-provoking panel discussion on the topic, “Navigating the cybersecurity challenges of the new normal,” which spotlighted top insights from Fadi Yehia, Sales Director for South Gulf, FortinetOmar Ben Hamadou, EMEA Sales Manager, Kapalya Inc.; and Ahmed Diab, Sales Director – Security Solutions, StarLink. 


You can watch the full awards ceremony and panel discussion here:

Here’s the full list of CISO 50 and Future Security Awards winners:

Abdul Rahman Hamdi Shelleh Al Dhafrah Region Municipality
Abdulla Bader Al Sayari Department of Health – Abu Dhabi
Ahmed Al Ketbi DEWA
Ahmed Al Mutiri NWC – The National Water Company
Ahmed Hasan Al Lawati Ooredoo
Ali Juma Alajmi Ministry of Health and Prevention
Aliasgar Bohari Zulekha Hospital
Anoop Kumar Al Nisr Publishing
Arif Irfani Sharjah Islamic Bank
Ashish Khanna Dubai Health Authority
Ayman AlShafai
Bilal Ahmed Chaudhry Emirates Float Glass LLC
Choudhary Muhammad Zia Ur Rehman National Media Council
Dileep Raj Abdul Razack Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT)
Dr. Erdal Ozkaya Standard Chartered Bank
Ebrahim Kamalzadeh Alnaboodah Automobiles
Eid Al Beer Ministry of Interior
Eng.Khalfan Matar Al Hassani ADMCC
Fatema Ahmed Almalki RAK EGA
George Eapen Petrofac
Irshad Mohammed VPS Healthcare
Ismail Jani Engineering Office
Jamil Rashdi Wasl Asset Management
Jayesh Nandanan Mediclinic Middle East
Jean-Michel Briffaut Serco
Jeevan Badigari Majid Al Futtaim Ventures
Khalid al Faheid Ministry of Environment,Water and Agriculture – KSA
Kiran Awad Export Trading Group
Manan Shah Black Wit Cyber Solutions
Mario Foster Al Naboodah Group Enterprises
Mazen Al Ahmadi STC
Mohamed Alajmani sharjah customs
Mohammed Darwish Azad Emirates NBD
Mohammed S. Dhawi Ministry of Finance – KSA
Muhammad Irfan Khan Tiger Group of Companies
Munther Binamro Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity council
Mustansir Aziz Gulf Diagnostic Center Hospital
Nithin Geo Thomas Amity Education
Prince Rana Al Fardan Group
Ramachandra Ullur Jotun UAE LTD LLC
Ravikumar Yogi Abu Dhabi Department of Finance
Rotimi Akinyele Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone – Government of Ras Al Khaimah
Saghir Ahmad SBM
Saju Plassseril Vasu Dubai National Isnurance
Shabbir Nalwala ISYX Technologies LLC (Sands International Group)
Shafik Riad Hasna Ministry OF Economy
Shah E Room Khan Emirates College of Technology
Somnath Sarkar Mashreq Bank PJSC
Srinivas Mathala OSN
Varun Vij Serco
Venu Sriraj UAE Exchange
Vivek Gupta GEMS Education
Yaser al yousef Ministry of Justice – KSA
Yousuf Marhoon Dubai Air Navigation Services
Nagrajan M Mashreq Bank


Best Cloud Security Vendor Gajshield
Best Endpoint Security Vendor Cybereason
Best Internet of Things Security Vendor Hikvision
Best Network Security Vendor Fortinet
Best Surveillance Systems Vendor Norden Communication Middle East FZE
Best Privileged Access Management Vendor BeyondTrust
Best 5G Security Vendor A10 Networks
Best Cybersecurity Distributor Gulf IT Distribution
Best Cybersecurity Training Provider SANS Institute
Best Disaster Recovery Solutions Provider Raqmiyat
Best Enterprise Email Security Solution Barracuda Networks
Best Security VAD Exclusive Networks
Best Data Protection Vendor Veeam Software
Network Detection & Response Vendor Vectra
Best Cybersecurity System Vendor Sophos
Best SMB Endpoint security Vendor ESET Middle East
Best Email Security Vendor Mimecast
IT Cost Optimization Provider EMT Distribution
Innovative Security Product Eufy
Security Transformation Catalyst Award Fortinet
Specialist Cybersecurity VAD Spectrami
Best Security IAM Intergration Software Ping Identity


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