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SANS Honors Information Security Products that are Making a Difference by Protecting Businesses and Consumers from Cyber Attacks

Announces Best of 2014 Award Winners

  • Bethesda, MD
  • March 30, 2015

SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced the winners of the SANS Best of 2014 Awards which celebrates security products that make a difference. The products were voted on by more than 650 security operations professionals and security managers from within the SANS community, all of whom are actual users of these products.

"Despite the growing number of breaches spotlighted in headline news, there are many organizations that are successfully avoiding or preventing breaches yet we never hear about these successes," said John Pescatore, director of Emerging Trends, SANS Institute. "The SANS Best of Awards was created to raise awareness of the solutions that organizations are using to successfully fend off attacks. By showcasing the solutions that are making a difference by reducing the business impact of cyberattacks in real world applications we believe we can help security professionals to reduce the number of successful intrusions."

The SANS Best of Awards are not driven by vendors, but by the people actually using these products. The Awards are an extension of the SANS WhatWorks Program which creates awareness of security programs and solutions that are actually being used to stop bad guys and improve security. The Best of 2014 Award winners and honorable mentions, which will be recognized at the SANS 2015 (Orlando) training event, include:

Vulnerability Assessment


Honorable Mention:

Next Generation Firewall

Palo Alto Networks

Honorable Mention:

Advanced Threat Detection


Honorable Mention:

End Point Protection


Honorable Mention:

Application Security


Honorable Mention:
Whitehat Security
IBM Appscan



Honorable Mention:
HP ArcSight

Threat Intelligence

FireEye Mandiant

Honorable Mention:

Forensic Software

Guidance Software

Honorable Mention:
ManTech HB Gary

WhatWorks is an integrated user-to-user program that enables organizations that have implemented effective security technologies to tell the story of why they deployed it, how it works, how they know it actually improves security, what problems they faced and what lessons they learned. To learn more about the products that have demonstrated actual success in improving security, please visit:

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The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at in-person and virtual cyber security training events and on demand. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers a master’s degree, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cyber security. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their ‘human’ cybersecurity risk. SANS also delivers a wide variety of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, webcasts, podcasts, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system–the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to support and educate the global information security community. (