BOSTON, Sept. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rapid7 (NASDAQ:RPD), a leading provider of analytics solutions for security and IT operations, today announced the winners of its 2017 Customer Awards: Security Superhero, Ronald Ulko at Domino’s Pizza; All-Star Advocate, Kari Kuehneman at Hormel Foods; Community Captain, Colin Morgan at Johnson & Johnson. Revealed at the Company’s annual customer conference, UNITED Summit, the awards showcase individuals working to drive their organizations, industry, and security community forward.
“We are thrilled to recognize three of our customers for their impressive work and dedication to the IT and security community. Today’s winners were chosen from a very competitive group of nominees, who inspire us in their commitment to achieving positive security outcomes,” said Stephanie Furfaro, senior vice president of customer success and co-chair of UNITED. “These individuals and their teams are constantly pushing boundaries — this mindset and drive for excellence is key to our success.”
A full description of award-winners follows:
The Security Superhero Award
Ronald Ulko, Senior Information Security Forensics and Intelligence at Domino’s Pizza
Ronald Ulko and the Domino’s IT security team display a deep commitment to the defense of the company’s information systems by continuously raising the bar on security operations. Domino’s combines a variety of cutting-edge security technologies with state of the art, in-house developed tools and software. Domino’s consistently demands creativity, flexibility, and excellence from its vendors, offering some of the most challenging and unique scenarios and cases for attack simulation, penetration testing, and incident response.
Throughout its partnership with Rapid7, Domino’s has displayed consistent and measurable improvements to its security, driving success through a proactive approach to security strategy. This has not only benefited Domino’s, but it has also directly led to improvements in the services and solutions Rapid7 delivers.
The All-Star Advocate Award
Kari Kuehneman, Technology Services Analyst, Security at Hormel Foods
Kari Kuehneman is a powerful advocate within Rapid7’s Voice program and has shown unwavering support as a customer reference. As an early adopter of Rapid7’s new, emerging technologies, Kari has also provided invaluable feedback around solution functionality, notably in the development phases of Rapid7 InsightIDR.
Kari has consistently shown willingness to ensure that members of the Rapid7 team truly understand what’s important to her and her peers. This level of dedication to partnership has enabled Rapid7 to better meet the critical needs of customers and drive more impactful outcomes.
The Community Captain Award
Colin Morgan, Director R&D and Product Security at Johnson & Johnson
Colin Morgan is part of a team at Johnson & Johnson that is working to educate the company’s employees about cybersecurity risks. For three years, Colin has worked tirelessly to embed improved security processes in product development cycles to help better protect patient health and safety. Colin’s efforts have helped achieve understanding across the businesses of Johnson & Johnson, and the company has developed best-in-class vulnerability receiving and handling processes for the various technology development teams.
The first vulnerability disclosed to them was handled so well that the FDA cited it as an example of what all device manufacturers should do, praising Johnson & Johnson for their collaborative and open approach that prioritized patient safety above all else.
In addition to advocating for security within his own organization, Colin has also been a vocal champion within his industry and community. He is patient, taking the time needed to support and educate those in the healthcare field about the evolving landscape we now live in. He is also a leading contributor in policy discussions on this topic, as well as within various medical sector security groups.
About the UNITED Customer Summit
Now in its sixth year, Rapid7’s UNITED Summit is designed to help security and IT professionals protect their environments from new security risks, and scale IT operations to meet urgent business needs. With more than 40 sessions, the latest research from Rapid7 Labs, and hundreds of practitioners sharing their stories, UNITED is driven in large part by Rapid7’s customers, ensuring the content specifically addresses the needs and concerns of the community.
To learn more about UNITED, visit: https://www.unitedsummit.org
Rapid7 (NASDAQ:RPD) is trusted by IT and security professionals around the world to manage risk, simplify modern IT complexity, and drive innovation. Rapid7 analytics transform today’s vast amounts of security and IT data into the answers needed to securely develop and operate sophisticated IT networks and applications. Rapid7 research, technology, and services drive vulnerability management, penetration testing, application security, incident detection and response, and log management for more than 6,500 organizations across more than 120 countries, including 39% of the Fortune 1000. To learn more about Rapid7 or join our threat research, visit www.rapid7.com.
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