Thomas Leduc

We’re thrilled to share that Semperis was named a winner in the inaugural  CISO Choice Awards™ 2020 in the Identity and Access Management (IAM) category. Part of  Security Current, the CISO Awards is a prestigious vendor recognition by a Board of Judges made up of leading CISOs across industries who selected the winning solutions based on their real-world experience. One of the judges, Tomás Maldonado, CISO of the NFL, said: “It was a very competitive playing field which, as a CISO, is encouraging as solution providers are working and investing to provide us solutions to help safeguard our organizations.” 

Semperis receiving this honor reinforces defending identity infrastructures as a top priority for cybersecurity teams. Today, most ransomware attacks pivot off of manipulating the identities managed and controlled, at some level, by Microsoft Active Directory. As the gatekeeper to critical applications and data in 90% of organizations worldwide, Active Directory is a prime target for attackers attempting to steal credentials and deploy ransomware across the network. Although Active Directory is foundational to the IT infrastructure, many organizations are a step behind in securely managing it, particularly as the coronavirus pandemic accelerates the adoption of remote workers, cloud services, and devices. Semperis partners with government agencies and Global 2000 enterprises to empower comprehensive protection for their directory services on-premises and in the cloud. 



Semperis Directory Services Protector (DSP), the industry’s most comprehensive Active Directory threat detection and response platform, continuously monitors for indicators of exposure, detects advanced attacks, and enables rapid response. Recently upgraded, Semperis DSP v3.0 is the first-of-its-kind to address the entire lifecycle of a directory cyberattack – from finding and fixing security vulnerabilities, intercepting cyberattacks in progress, and quickly responding to ransomware and other data integrity emergencies – all integrated into a single console. 

On the disaster recovery side, Semperis introduced the first backup and recovery solution purpose-built to recover Active Directory from cyber disasters like ransomware and wiper attacks. Fully automating the Active Directory forest recovery process, Semperis AD Forest Recovery (ADFR) eliminates the risk of malware re-infection from system state and bare-metal restores, prevents human errors, and reduces downtime to minutes instead of days or even weeks. 

The CISO Choice Awards Board of Judges spanned across major industry verticals. The board of luminaries included: 

  • Canadian National Railway CISO Vaughn Hazen 
  • Dollar Tree Stores CISO Kevin McKenzie 
  • Ellie Mae SVP and CISO Selim Aissi 
  • Florida Crystals CTO Christine Vanderpool 
  • Global Private Equity Firm CISO Matt Hollcraft 
  • LMC Vice President, Information Security Margarita Rivera 
  • Markel Corporation CISO & Privacy Officer Patricia Titus 
  • NFL CISO Tomás Maldonado 
  • OneMain Financial VP/SMD Technology Tunde Oni-Daniel 
  • Premise Health CISO Joey Johnson 
  • RWJBarnabas Health CISO Hussein Syed 
  • William Blair CISO Ralston Simmons 

The CISO Choice Awards are part of Security Current and the exclusive CISOs Connect membership knowledge-sharing community, providing CISO and cybersecurity leaders across industries invaluable information on vendors in today’s constantly evolving security environment. 

Learn more about Semperis Directory Services Protector and AD Forest Recovery.