- Job title of nominated professional: CEO and Co-Founder
- Company (where nominated professional or team is working): SecurityScorecard
- Website: https://securityscorecard.com/
- Company size (employees): 100
- Country: United States
In 3 bullets, summarize why this professional or team deserves recognition:
Built the most accurate security rating and continuous risk monitoring platform and the only security company to be backed by Google Ventures, which has resulted in a 550 percent growth in customers, many from the Fortune 500, and a revenue growth rate exceeding 400 percent year over year.
Actively contributes to and fosters a stimulating and productive work environment that has seen an enormous growth in employees.
Unlike competing security firms, SecurityScorecard is a rapidly-growing startup of 100 employees with notable clients like Gilt, Etsy, Symantec, LifeLock and McGraw Hill Financial.
In less than 300 words, summarize the achievements of the professional or team in the nominated category
Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy has been a leader in both the technology and security world for over ten years. Under Dr. Yampolskiy’s leadership and unique vision, SecurityScorecard has experienced a 550 percent growth in customers, many from the Fortune 500, and a revenue growth rate exceeding 400 percent year over year. Dr. Yampolskiy’s phenomenal vision to create a unique and an innovative solution that addresses a major need in the market, caught the eye of global investors, including Google Ventures. Having secured funding from a venture capitalist firm of this stature is a huge achievement in itself, as Google doesn’t just invest in any company. It’s evident that Dr. Yampolskiy’s vision to develop a continuous risk monitoring platform that looks beyond an organization’s own cyber environment and to all of its vendors is a desirable differentiator. Dr. Yampolskiy’s other accomplishments over the past year include leading his research team to provide a constant stream of thought leadership encapsulated this year in three groundbreaking security reports on the finance and healthcare industries and government. The reports have provided these industries in-depth analysis of their security ratings and risks, saving companies millions of dollars in potential breaches. Dr. Yampolskiy also understands the importance of fostering innovation and growth within. Under his leadership, SecurityScorecard employees are encouraged to spend at least 10 percent of their time on non-corporate initiatives. Periodically, he gives employees a “FedEX Day” and the chance to work on anything they like and deliver it within 24-48 hours. This encourages innovation and “outside the box” thinking, a level of nimbleness and speed that otherwise would not be possible, motivation throughout the company and the ability to address product issues that have not been road mapped.