Polaris Alpha Receives
2018 CSO50 Award from IDG’s CSO
Honorees to be Recognized at the CSO50 Conference + Awards
Annapolis Junction, MD — October 18, 2017 – Polaris Alpha has been named an honoree of a 2018 CSO50 Award from IDG’s CSO. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon a select group of organizations that have demonstrated that their security projects/initiatives have created outstanding business value and thought leadership for their companies. Polaris Alpha will accept its award at the CSO50 Conference + Awards held on February 26-28, 2018, at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Polaris Alpha was selected for the award for its innovative STONEWALL ransomware honeypot prototype. STONEWALL is designed to be a cost-effective approach to slow down a ransomware attack while alerting security officials to the presence of the threat on the enterprise network. The unique design actually leverages older, commodity hardware and Open Source software, keeping costs low. It also cleverly emulates a file server or file share, enticing the ransomware to attack it first and sparing other parts of the network. It was created by Eric Schlesinger, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Polaris Alpha.
“We decided to take an old school approach to combatting this emerging and evolving threat to the enterprise,” said Schlesinger. “We tried to come up with a way to build something very effective and easy to install, while keeping the costs down. We are confident this will become an important new tool in the industry’s ongoing effort to combat ransomware.”
“Amid the seemingly constant stream of news-making security breaches, vulnerabilities introduced by new technologies, and increased attention from company boards, today’s security leaders have their plates more than full,” said Amy Bennett, executive editor of CSO. “They and their teams are charged not only with protecting their organization’s critical systems and sensitive data, but with driving business results. Our annual CSO50 awards shine a light on projects that enhance an organization’s security posture and deliver measurable ROI. We are pleased to give them the recognition they deserve.”
About the CSO50 Awards
Launched in 2013, the CSO50 Awards recognizes 50 organizations for security projects and initiatives that demonstrate 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 and industry experts. Awards will be presented at the CSO50 Conference + Awards.
CSO is the premier content and community resource for security decision-makers leading “business risk management” efforts within their organization. For more than a decade, CSO’s award-winning web site (CSOonline.com), executive conferences, strategic marketing services, and research have equipped security decision-makers to mitigate both IT and corporate/physical risk for their organizations and provided opportunities for security vendors looking to reach this audience. To assist CSOs in educating their organizations’ employees on corporate and personal security practices, CSO also produces the quarterly newsletter Security Smart. CSO is published by IDG. Company information is available at www.idg.com.
About Polaris Alpha
Polaris Alpha provides advanced technical capabilities, specialized domain expertise, and mission-critical solutions to Department of Defense and Intelligence Community customers. The company has approximately 1,200 employees with major offices in Colorado Springs, CO; Fredericksburg, VA; Annapolis Junction, MD; Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD; and Alexandria, VA as well as customer sites both domestically and internationally.
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