Leesburg, Virginia – June 16, 2017 – PhishMe® (cofense.com), the leading provider of human-focused phishing defense solutions, today announced that CEO and co-founder Rohyt Belani received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Security category in the Mid-Atlantic region. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Rohyt Belani was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia on June 15, 2017.
“I’m grateful for this incredible recognition by EY and I could not do this without the hard work and steadfast dedication of the entire PhishMe team,” said PhishMe CEO and Co-founder Rohyt Belani. “I’m proud to lead a team of people that are committed to providing innovative cybersecurity solutions, with a clear ROI in the fight against cybercriminals and nation-state actors.”
Rohyt and co-founder and CTO Aaron Higbee founded PhishMe to disrupt the way organizations viewed their employees and set out to transform them from being viewed as “the weakest link” to “the strongest asset”. PhishMe does this through its flagship PhishMe Simulator™ product, which behaviorally conditions its clients’ employees to be more resilient to phishing attacks, and, more importantly, transforms them into “sensors” of suspicious activity.
PhishMe products have progressed rapidly since the company launched PhishMe Simulator™ in 2008 (under its then parent company’s banner of Intrepidus Group), with Rohyt’s entrepreneurial spirit guiding efforts to continue producing innovative offerings, including PhishMe Reporter®, which enables employees to report suspicious activity, and PhishMe Triage™ and PhishMe Intelligence™, which enable IT teams to rapidly prioritize, orchestrate, and operationalize this human intelligence to block cyberattacks.
Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 31st year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as:
- Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company
- Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.
- Mindy Grossman of HSN
- Robert Unanue of Goya Foods
- Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
- Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
- Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
- James Park of Fitbit
As a Mid-Atlantic award winner, Rohyt Belani is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Mid-Atlantic region, platinum sponsors include JLL and PNC Bank. Gold sponsors include Chatham Financial, Cooley LLP, SolomonEdwards Group and the Washington Business Journal.
PhishMe is the leading provider of human-focused phishing defense solutions for organizations concerned about their susceptibility to today’s top attack vector — spear phishing. PhishMe’s intelligence-driven platform turns employees into an active line of defense by enabling them to identify, report, and mitigate spear phishing, malware, and drive-by threats. Our open approach ensures that PhishMe integrates easily into the security technology stack, demonstrating measurable results to help inform an organization’s security decision making process. PhishMe’s customers include the defense industrial base, energy, financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing industries, as well as other Global 1000 entities that understand changing user security behavior will improve security, aid incident response, and reduce the risk of compromise.
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