Event Dates: March 16-18

CSO50 Awards

The CSO50 Awards recognizes 50 organizations for security projects and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership. The awards are scored according to a uniform set of criteria by a panel of judges that includes security leaders, industry experts, and academics. This is an opportunity to share with your peers the risk and security innovations that led the way to greater success for your organization. Because the award is given to companies rather than individuals, it’s an honor that everyone on your staff can take pride in.


2021 Submissions Open – January 4, 2021
Sample CSO50 Application Form

2021 Submission Deadline – March 1, 2021

2021 Winners Notified – April 2021

CSO Hall of Fame Awards

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.

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

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

2020 CSO50 Press Release & 2020 CSO Hall of Fame Press Release

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