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In 3 bullets, summarize why this company is different from the competition and deserves recognition:

●Cylance’s Mission: Cylance’s CEO, Stuart McClure and Chief Scientist, Ryan Permeh founded the company to thwart cyber bullies and stop those who prey on the weak. Driven by the mission to protect everyone under the sun, the Cylance team has collaborated to develop products that harness mathematics and artificial intelligence to predict and prevent future cyber attacks. By extending artificial intelligence technology into both enterprises, governments and consumers’ networks, Cylance proactively blocks threats.

●Product Differentiation: The exponential growth of malicious code, especially zero-day threats and ransomware, requires more innovative and thoughtful solutions to adequately—and effectively—protect end-users. Traditional solutions rely on reactive, signature-based technologies that slow down systems, bombard users with pop-up notifications and require some form of breach in order to begin detecting malware. Cylance uses artificial intelligence and is not signature-based, using a fraction of the processor and memory usage of many traditional solutions. Unlike many of its competitors, Cylance’s solutions are also deployed directly at the endpoint, enabling much quicker detection and response than solutions that are cloud-based.

●Use of artificial intelligence: Cylance wants to demystify cybersecurity by proactively protecting its customers against never-before-seen malware, without requiring its customers – who do not have the knowledge or context – to understand either the threat actors or the attack surface. By harnessing the power of mathematics and artificial intelligence, Cylance has created solutions that are capable of countering the evil of cybercriminals with the good of predictive analytics, often preventing attacks before they can even occur -- and saving end users the trouble.

In less than 300 words, summarize the achievements of the company in the nominated category

Cylance is revolutionizing artificial intelligence to reach new frontiers in cyber defense. The endpoint protection and antivirus company has developed AI-based solutions that predict and prevent execution of advanced threats and malware. Cylance offers a predictive advantage by identifying threats and analyzing them before they appear in the wild – on average 25 months in advance.

Deployed on more than 14.5 million endpoints, Cylance protects clients worldwide, including Fortune 100 organizations and governments. The company has made countercultural decisions in support of causes that are important to their team. For example, Cylance offered its new Smart Antivirus protection free of charge to all consumers during the 2018 U.S. elections to defend democracy from cyber threats, and challenged other providers in the industry to match their contribution.

Cylance leadership believes that in order for its team to effectively support their business mission, employees must find a deep sense of belonging and purpose in their work. The team collaborates and takes initiative to build camaraderie as they deliver impactful work and protect customers from threats ranging from nation-state attacks on critical infrastructure, to denial of service attacks caused by malware, to ransomware attacks which could bring hospitals’ operations to a halt and leave patients without critical care.

Cylance’s predictive approach to cybersecurity is creating ripple effects throughout all industries and disrupting cyber bullying and the criminal economy. With its leadership’s impressive track records and robust partnership network, Cylance is proactively defining a safer future in cybersecurity that is changing the world for the better. Customers, partners and employees alike are impacted by Cylance’s mission-driven cybersecurity revolution.

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