#Privacy: The world’s most cyber-secure organisations according to IT pros and white hat hackers


Over 17 billion devices are connected to the internet today, a number that continues to increase rapidly.

While digital transformation and connected technology stacks create opportunities, they also introduce new risks. Many of these risks fall to cybersecurity teams, and it is critical that these teams proactively bolster their defence systems so that they can demonstrate to customers and the C-suite alike that they can continue to trust in their brand.

Trust has never been of greater importance to executives in IT security, and the broader business community alike.

With this in mind, each year Crowdsourced Security Platform, Synack, crowdsources nominations from security and business leaders for the most trusted security executives, teams, and ethical hackers who are doing their part to advance security and put trust first.

During a recent RSA Conference, Synack announced some of the 2020 Guardians of Trust winners – an impressive list of companies that make up a combined revenue of $150B+ and rank at the top of the Fortune 500 and Global 2000. The 2020 winners included:

Most Trusted Security Teams



General Dynamics Information Technology

Most Trusted Pioneer CISOs

Betsy Wille, CISO, Abbott

Mark Walmsley, CISO, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Most Trusted Hacker

Adam Logue

The annual Guardians of Trust Awards encourage increased transparency and trust among consumers, companies, and ethical hackers. The Awards recognize leaders, teams and individuals who have prioritized protecting the customer first, demonstrated excellence in safekeeping their brands and taken initiative to integrate innovative security tools within their organizations.

Synack’s Guardians of Trust Awards Committee, comprising individuals with vast experience leading trusted security organizations, selected winners from an impressive set of crowdsourced nominations, including top security companies, innovative government organizations, and best-in-class enterprises.

In addition to putting trust first, these security leaders have adopted a continuous security lifestyle. Rather than consider security after a product is built or spot check for vulnerabilities on a point-in-time basis, these organizations build trust by design, integrating security consistently and pervasively into their digital environments.

Data show that organizations that adopt a continuous approach to security testing have a 43% higher resistance to malicious attack than organizations that conduct point-in-time testing.

eBay, 2020’s winner of Most Trusted Security Team award, stated:

“At eBay, our top priority is the security of our customers. Our security programs include strong industry partnerships that reflect our strive for excellence in an ever-evolving security landscape. Crowdsourced security is an important dimension of our program that helps us achieve security at scale. Together, we help ensure our customers have a secure, trusted experience, all while keeping their data safe.”

GDIT Chief Information Security Officer Michael Baker, winner of the Most Trusted Security Team award, stated:

“Cybersecurity is not a singular part of GDIT’s mission. Our cyber commitment to our customers mirrors our commitment to internal operations — ensuring we have the cyber protection for today while anticipating the threats of tomorrow.

“This recognition, for the second consecutive year, of our internal team’s responsiveness and resiliency to current threats and anticipating future risks is very rewarding.”

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