2020 was a transformational year. Seemingly overnight, COVID-19 reshaped our perspective on work, home life, and security. Setting up home offices and powering through online presentations in our pajama bottoms (with cameos by pets and children), our industry rose to the challenge. All that challenging work kept firstline workers, students, medical professionals, and the rest of us connected and secure through a dark year. Now as we approach a full year, we will again celebrate our colleagues in security, compliance, and identity at the second annual Microsoft Security 20/20 awards ceremony on May 12, 2021.
“The past 12 months have reshaped our industry. We’ve all been pushed to reach new heights—creating integrated security, compliance, and identity solutions that work across platforms and cloud environments. We want to recognize the partners who helped get us there by creating their own game-changing Microsoft-based solutions and services.” —Vasu Jakkal, CVP Microsoft Security, Compliance & Identity
According to the American Optometric Association: “20/20 vision does not necessarily mean you have perfect vision, it only indicates the sharpness or clarity of vision at a distance.” Last year’s theme of “Vision and Clarity” focused on shaping Microsoft’s vision for the security ecosystem alongside our partners, but the past year has prompted all of us to have a new perspective. The last 12 months have, in a way, forced us all to step back and reexamine the solutions we offer. Our industry burned the midnight oil, retooling products to better support a new remote workplace. The Microsoft Security 20/20 awards ceremony will acknowledge our new reality and shifted viewpoint with the theme of “Perspective—Through the looking glass.”
Unlike the online meetings we all know too well, this awards show will be an immersive, digital experience, ripe with dazzling visuals and soundscapes. We’re going all-in to celebrate our finalists and winners across 18 award categories honoring the best in the security, compliance, and identity ecosystem. We promise to engage all five of your senses to get you out of that office chair (figuratively, anyway), traveling through lush forests, bright meadows, and along a breezy beach.
Everyone is welcome. In this short-but-sweet awards show, we’ll skip the speeches and double down on creativity and fun. You’re invited to watch the 90-minute event and engage with us on social media. Feel free to invite your spouse, fur baby, or favorite houseplant. Just don’t forget to snap a selfie and share it with the hashtag: #MSFTSecurity2020.
Security for all
Microsoft is committed to building solutions that safeguard your entire organization—delivering integrated security, compliance, identity, and management across platforms and cloud environments. We want to help our customers prioritize risks using unified management tools and strategic guidance that maximize the human experience. The Microsoft Security 20/20 awards honor partners who align with Microsoft’s focus on customer obsession and have developed innovative, integrated solutions during the past year—helping us realize our vision of security for all.
This year’s finalists
The award categories and finalists were selected by a cross-functional group within Microsoft for their excellence in innovation, integration, and customer implementation. This year, winners will be voted on by members of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), making this truly a celebration among peers. Each MISA member company will get one vote and winners will be announced at the event (finalists, you’ll have to watch to find out if you won!).
Partners who drive major security-related initiatives and educate the market on how to be more secure.
Most Transformative Integration Partner
Partners that are actively building integration across the Microsoft Security portfolio, along with demonstrating leadership in driving new, differentiated integrations.
Partners who further major compliance-related initiatives and educate the market on compliance risks.
Microsoft Security System Integrator of the Year
System Integrators that work closely with field sellers to close deals, integrate, and deploy Microsoft Security into customers’ environments.
Partners who drive major identity-related initiatives and educate the market on how to protect identities.
Microsoft Security GTM partner of the Year
Partners who complete the largest number of workshops with the highest degree of excellence.
Microsoft 365 Security Deployment Partner of the Year
Service providers that increase usage and adoption rates for Microsoft 365 security products.
SCI Advisory of the Year
Security advisory firms that are building core competencies on top of Microsoft Security solutions and acting as a trusted advisor to Microsoft customers.
Microsoft Azure Security Deployment Partner of the Year
Service providers that increase usage and adoption rates for Azure security products.
The Security Industry Changemaker
Individuals that make a standout contribution to improve the security community.
Zero Trust Champion – ISV (Independent Software Vendors)
Software vendors that increase usage and adoption rates with solutions aligned with Microsoft’s Zero Trust strategy.
Top MDR (Managed Detection and Response) Team
Managed Detection and Response teams that provide incident responses for the world’s largest customers and partner with Microsoft Security to continually improve customer security.
Zero Trust Champion – SI (Systems Integrators)
System Integrators that accelerate secure remote work and help customers accelerate their Zero Trust strategy.
Top Managed SOC (Security Operations Centers)
Security Operations Centers that provide managed security services to the world’s largest customers and partner with Microsoft to continually improve customer security.
Emerging Security ISV Disruptor
Independent Software Vendors who show growth potential and have innovative emerging capabilities.
Microsoft Security Customer Impact
Partners who have driven a significant number of customers wins and have a proven track record for customer satisfaction.
Compliance Services Innovator of the Year
Service partners that demonstrate leadership and innovation in managed compliance service scenarios.
Security ISV of the Year
Independent Software Vendors that have shown innovation and the ability to drive revenue.
Our partners in the security, compliance, and identity ecosystem continually inspire us to create stronger, more integrated solutions. Please join us in celebrating their achievements at the Microsoft Security 20/20 awards, May 12, 2021—we look forward to seeing you there!
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