|Job title of nominated professional (or team name)||VP of Cyber Protection Research|
|Company (where nominated professional or team is working)||Acronis|
|Company size (employees)||1,000 to 4,999|
Candid Wüest is the VP of Cyber Protection Research at Acronis, where he researches on new threat trends and comprehensive protection methods. Previously he worked for more than sixteen years as the tech lead for Symantec’s global security response team. Wüest has published various articles and books and is a frequent speaker at security-related conferences. Wüest is an advisor for the Swiss federal government on cyber risks. He learned coding and the English language on a Commodore 64. He holds a master of computer science from the ETH Zurich and various certifications and patents.
a. Candid works tirelessly to raise awareness of the importance of cyber protection, both externally with customers and partners, as well as within Acronis itself, through a variety of content, from technical whitepapers to panel discussions and short weekly video updates that he creates to reach everyone and raise awareness of the complexities of cybersecurity. In today's world, it is very important to share understandable knowledge without flooding with too much technical jargon or marketing buzzwords.
b. Thanks to more than 20 years of experience in the IT security environment, Candid can adapt his message to the needs and level of the audience. This enables the important bridge between topics at the board level with the important core messages and the requirements of the developers with their own point of view.
c. Candid’s vision of an integrated and autonomous cyber protection solution helped Acronis to push forward and become a recognized leader and innovator in the cyber protection field. He understands the importance of a combined approach across safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security to ensure holistic protection. He helps the company to innovate and lead, instead of following others.