The inaugural Microsoft 20/20 partner awards almost went overlooked with the news understandably crowded by pandemic updates over the last month.
Security organisations and experts across 16 award categories were recognised at the awards ceremony in San Francisco, spanning security integration partners, system integrators, and managed security service providers.
“The themes for Microsoft Security 20/20 are vision and clarity. Microsoft is focused on protecting our customers and there is no vision for the future that doesn't involve security partners,” says Microsoft Threat Protection corporate vice president Rob Lefferts.
“The first Microsoft Security 20/20 partner awards gala honours security partners that are making an impact through technology development and customer enablement.
The award categories and finalists were selected by a cross-functional group within Microsoft.
These finalists were chosen among a global field of Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation, integration, and customer implementation.
Winners were chosen based on a vote from a broad swath of Microsoft Security experts, which includes engineers, marketers, partners, managers, security architects, and more.
The winners are:
ISV Partner of the Year
Software vendors that have shown innovation and the ability to drive revenue.
Emerging ISV Disruptor
Partners who show growth potential and have innovative emerging capabilities.
Most Prolific Integration Partner
Partners with numerous integrations across Azure and Microsoft 365 security.
Independent software vendors (ISVs) that have driven a significant number of customers wins.
Partners that are driving major identity-related initiatives and educating the market on how to protect identities.
Partners that are driving major security-related initiatives and educating the market on how to be more secure.
Workplace from Facebook
Security Workshop Partner of the Year
Service partners that are driving the most high-quality security workshops.
IT-Dev SP. Z O.O.
Azure Security Deployment Partner of the Year
Service providers that are increasing usage and adoption rates for Azure security products.
Content and Code
Microsoft 365 Security Deployment Partner of the Year
Service providers that are increasing usage and adoption rates for Microsoft 365 security products.
Security System Integrator of the Year
System Integrators that are working closely with the Cybersecurity Solutions Group to close deals and integrate Microsoft into customers' environments.
Security Advisory of the Year
Security advisory firms that are building core competencies on top of Microsoft Security solutions and working closely with the Cybersecurity Solutions Group to act as a trusted advisor to Microsoft customers.
Top Managed SOC/MDR
Security operations centers that are supporting the largest customers in the world and building strong intellectual property that layers on top of Microsoft Security solutions.
Born in the Cloud
Threat, detection, and response experts that are changing the game for managed security services.
Top Github Contributor
With input from the GitHub team, we identified individuals who are going above and beyond to support the open source community with their GitHub contributions.
Brent Cook (busterb), Rapid7
Ricardo van Zutphen (RicoVZ), Hatching International
Teddy Reed (theopolis), Facebook
Felipe Costa (zimmerle), Trustwave
Sergi Alvarez (radare), NowSecure
Individuals who are making a standout contribution to improving the security community.
Stina Ehrensvard, Yubico
Parker Crockford, Onfido
Eva Chen, Trend Micro
Tracie Martin, DefendCon
Paula Januszkiewicz, CQURE
Election Security Partner of the Year
Organisations that are effecting change for one of our most critical global security challenges—election security.
Center for Internet Security (CIS)
Brennan Center for Justice
Center for Democracy - Technology (CDT)
Harvard's Belfer Center's Defending Digital Democracy Program