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The 2020 Tech Innovator Awards

Kyle Alspach

The delivery of truly differentiated offerings that create opportunities for partners during this unprecedented period is the crowning achievement of our 2020 Tech Innovators.


Winner: Cisco Umbrella

With Cisco Umbrella, the company’s cloud-based security platform, users are protected from malicious internet destinations whether they’re inside or outside their company’s network. Cisco Umbrella accomplishes this by combining offerings cutting across secure web gateway, DNS-layer security, cloud-delivered firewall and Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB). Recent enhancements to Cisco Umbrella include integration with the company’s flagship SD-WAN offering, powered by Viptela, which helps enable businesses to move toward a Secure Access Service Edge architecture. Meanwhile, during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cisco made its Umbrella offering available to new customers via a free license, while existing customers were enabled to exceed their user limit to support more remote employees.


Arctic Wolf Managed Cloud Monitoring

With Managed Cloud Monitoring, Arctic Wolf offers detection of cloud vulnerabilities, misconfigurations and attacks across all major cloud platforms as they occur. The offering includes unlimited access to the company’s Concierge Security Team for guidance around implementation and ongoing monitoring.

Bitglass Total Cloud Security Platform

Bitglass provides enablement for Secure Access Service Edge deployments with its Total Cloud Security Platform, integrating capabilities such as multimode CASB for comprehensive protection across any cloud or device; the SmartEdge secure web gateway, which decrypts and inspects traffic directly on user devices; and zero-trust network access that eliminates the necessity of VPN.

Forcepoint Cloud Security Gateway

For its Cloud Security Gateway—which combines secure web gateway with data-loss prevention and CASB—Forcepoint unifies policy enforcement via the centrally managed cloud service, while simplifying cloud security by providing the offering as a single SKU.

Guardicore Centra Version 5

Version 5 of Guardicore Centra brings protection for cloud-native applications, which includes Platform-as-a-Service and serverless computing. That provides control and visualizations for cloud-native apps from the same platform that secures apps running on virtual servers, bare-metal systems, Infrastructure-as-a-Service and containers.

McAfee MVision Cloud for Container Security

With MVision Cloud for Container Security, McAfee provides capabilities for comprehensively securing container workloads. Those include Cloud Security Posture Management (integrating configuration audit checks for containerized workloads); container vulnerability assessments (to identify vulnerabilities and warn developers of container weaknesses); and protection for containers at runtime (to ensure the integrity of core files and services).


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