The winners of the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for the Mid-Atlantic region have been announced, with PhishMe CEO and co-founder Royht Belani named as 2017 CEO of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic region in the security category.
Each year, EY recognizes entrepreneurs that have gone the extra mile and have shown exceptional personal commitment to their business and communities and been inspirational leaders.
EY first started the award program in 1986, with the awards now in their 31st year. Previous award winners include Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., James Park of Fitbit, Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company.
Winners of the prestigious awards have ensured their companies have been highly innovative, with the CEO’s drive and commitment translating into an impressive financial performance. Each nominated CEO is scrutinized by a panel of independent judges who assess the CEO’s performance in a number of key areas. This year’s winners were announced at a special gala event at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia on June 15.
PhishMe is the leading provider of phishing defense solutions, with its products used to turn employees – A weak link in the security chain – into security assets. In 2008, PhishMe launched its PhishMe Simulator™ platform which allows organizations to run realistic phishing simulations to gauge the effectiveness of security awareness training. Since 2008, the company has enjoyed excellent growth and has diversified its platform to include PhishMe Reporter®, a one-click reporting option that allows employees to report suspicious emails to their security teams, and PhishMe Triage™ and PhishMe Intelligence™ which helps organizations identify and respond to phishing attacks.
The company continues to innovate and enhance its products to ensure it remains a leader in the field of information security and ensure its customers are better protected from an ever-increasing number of online threats.
Accepting the award, Belani said “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.” Belani went on to say, “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.”
As the winner of a 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Royht Belani is eligible for inclusion in the national EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award program, the winners of which will be announced at a gala event in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017.