Shared Assessments/SFG Takes Cyber Defense Magazine Top InfoSec Awards for Risk Management and Third Party Risk Management; Chair Catherine A. Allen Receives Cutting Edge Award


The Shared Assessments Program, the member-driven leader in third party risk assurance, today announced that it has been named winner of the prestigious 2019 Cyber Defense Magazine InfoSec Awards in both the Hot Risk Management Company and the Leader in Third Party Risk Management (TPRM) categories, and that Chairman and President Catherine A. Allen was named an honoree in the Cutting-Edge Women in Cyber Security Category.

The awards recognize the singular effectiveness of the Shared Assessments Programs third party risk management (TPRM) tools, best practices, shared knowledge ecosystem and research in supporting organizations around the world. Risk management practitioners rely on the Shared Assessments Toolkit and resources to help manage their full vendor assessment relationship lifecycle “ from planning a third party risk management program, to building, customizing and capturing vendor assessments, and benchmarking and ongoing evaluation “ with unmatched speed, simplicity and flexibility.

The threat landscape is morphing almost daily, as bad actors employ new levels of innovation and determination to attack targeted organizations through their partners, vendors and other third parties, said Shared Assessments Chairman and President Catherine A. Allen, a Cyber Defense Magazine Cutting Edge Women in Cybersecurity honoree. We are proud to serve many of the most respected companies in asset management, insurance, finance, consumer packaged goods, critical infrastructure, education, healthcare and other sectors, and we are grateful to The Cyber Defense Magazine InfoSec Awards for this important recognition.

Nation state exploitation, Cybercrime, Hacktivism, Cyberespionage, Ransomware and malware exploits are all on the rise, said Gary S. Miliefsky, Publisher, Cyber Defense Magazine. Shared Assessments/SFG has won these awards after we reviewed nearly 3,000 infosec companies, because they are an innovator that might actually help you defeat the next generation of exploiters.

Shared Assessments was also recently similarly honored by the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards as a winner in Vendor Risk Management.

About CDM InfoSec Awards

This is Cyber Defense Magazines seventh year of honoring InfoSec innovators. Our submission requirements are for any startup, early stage, later stage or public companies in the INFORMATION SECURITY (INFOSEC) space who believe they have a unique and compelling value proposition for their product or service. Learn more at

About the Judging

The judges are CISSP, FMDHS, CEH, certified security professionals who voted based on their independent review of the company submitted materials on the website of each submission including but not limited to data sheets, white papers, product literature and other market variables. CDM has a flexible philosophy to find more innovative players with new and unique technologies, than the one with the most customers or money in the bank. CDM is always asking Whats Next? so we are looking for Next Generation InfoSec Solutions.

About Cyber Defense Magazine

With over 1.4 Million annual readers and growing, and over 7,000 pages of searchable online infosec content, Cyber Defense Magazine is the premier source of IT Security information. We are managed and published by and for ethical, honest, passionate information security professionals. Our mission is to share cutting-edge knowledge, real-world stories and awards on the best ideas, products and services in the information technology industry. We deliver electronic magazines every month online for free, and limited print editions exclusively for the RSA conferences and our paid subscribers. CDM is a proud member of the Cyber Defense Media Group. Learn more about us at and visit and

About the Shared Assessments Program

As the only organization that has uniquely positioned and developed standardized resources to bring efficiencies to the market for more than a decade, the Shared Assessments Program has become the trusted source in third party risk assurance. Shared Assessments offers opportunities for members to address global risk management challenges through committees, awareness groups, interest groups and special projects. Join the dialog with peer companies and learn how you can optimize your compliance programs while building a better understanding of what it takes to create a more risk sensitive environment in your organization.

About The Santa Fe Group

The Santa Fe Groups risk management experts work collaboratively with organizations worldwide to identify valuable trends, risks, and vulnerabilities, and to advise, educate, and empower organizations in the areas of cybersecurity, third party risk, emerging technologies, and program management. The Santa Fe Group is the managing agent of the membership-based Shared Assessments Program, which helps many of the worlds leading organizations manage and protect against third party IT security risks.

Dan Chmielewski
Madison Alexander PR, Inc.
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