Jennifer Steffens, Dani Martinez, and Alejandro Hernandez Recognized for their Invaluable Contributions in the Security Industry
Seattle, WA – September 23, 2019 – IOActive, Inc., the worldwide leader in research-fueled security services, announced today that SC Media has recognized three of its team members in the third-annual SC Media Reboot Leadership Awards. A total of 50 honorees were revealed as part of a special editorial section published on www.scmagazine.com today.
IOActive’s team earned the following distinctions:
CEO Jennifer Sunshine Steffens was named a “Thought Leader” for her strong involvement in the security community, continuously supporting women and diversity programs, and managing the world’s top threat researchers who have made groundbreaking vulnerability discoveries in vehicles, airplanes, robots, Segways, ATM machines, and more.
Senior Security Consultant Alejandro Hernández was recognized in the category of “Threat Seeker” for his research that uncovered major threats to web and mobile stock trading applications. His research began in 2017 and extended into 2018 when he presented new findings at Black Hat. The goal of Alejandro’s research was to serve as a wake-up call for the financial industry, which needs to implement stronger security controls and follow industry best practices when developing mobile, desktop, and web applications for stock trading.
Security Consultant Dani Martínez was named a “Rising Star” for his 2018 research where he identified two major vulnerabilities in mobile applications used by airlines to manage cabin controls and in-flight entertainment systems. He discovered that an attacker could use these vulnerabilities to affect passenger and crew devices as well as other connected devices.
“There were no shortage of quality nominations this year as we reviewed the various candidates for our coveted Reboot Awards,” said Teri Robinson, executive editor, SC Media. “However, after a thorough evaluation process, it was clear that multiple IOActive nominees truly distinguished themselves through their valuable contributions and industry influence.”
The Reboot Leadership Awards are an adjunct to SC Media’s annual Reboot coverage that takes place each December when SC Media recognizes the best and brightest cybersecurity luminaries and organizations. The Reboot Leadership Awards are offered similar accolades and the winners are honored with a special section on SC Media’s website and in their December Reboot edition.
“Our team is honored to receive these three prestigious awards from SC Media,” said Steffens. “For the past two decades, we have carried out our mission to make the world a safer and more secure place from cyber threats. It’s great to see our team being recognized for providing ground-breaking security research and services that have a real-world impact.”
The contenders who were nominated for the eleven different categories faced a thorough judging process conducted by SC Media’s editorial team. This included a review of their professional backgrounds, references and work undertaken to benefit the wider industry, as well as any other research deemed necessary. Winners were chosen based on their outstanding service, qualifications and advancements in the cybersecurity industry.
“Although the cybersecurity workforce gap continues to present a challenge for organizations across the globe, it is reassuring to know that the world is still producing top-notch information security talent, as represented by our 2019 Reboot winners,” said Robinson.
The award also comes on the heels of SC Media’s 30th Anniversary Awards announcement in March of this year when IOActive was selected as one of the “Most Important Companies of the Last 30 Years.” SC Media also recognized IOActive’s CTO, Cesar Cerrudo, and Principal Security Consultant, Ruben Santamarta, as “The Most Important Security Researchers of the Last 30 Years.”
For profiles of all this year’s SC Media Reboot Leadership Awards honorees, visit www.scmagazine.com.
IOActive is a trusted partner for Global 1000 enterprises, providing research-fueled security services across all industries. Our cutting-edge security teams provide highly specialized technical and programmatic services including full stack penetration testing, program efficacy assessments, and hardware hacking. IOActive brings a unique attacker’s perspective to every client engagement to maximize security investments and improve client’s overall security posture and business resiliency. Founded in 1998, IOActive is headquartered in Seattle with global operations. For more information, visit ioactive.com.