Additional Info

Job title of nominated professional (or team name)Vice President of Threat Research and Detection
Company (where nominated professional or team is working)Proofpoint
Company size (employees)1,000 to 4,999
CountryUnited States
Headquarters RegionNorth America


Sherrod DeGrippo is Vice President of Threat Research and Detection for Proofpoint. With more than 15 years of information security experience, she leads a global team of threat researchers committed to providing the most comprehensive, scalable, and purpose-built threat intelligence solutions. Sherrod’s team advances Proofpoint threat intelligence and keeps organizations safe from cyberattacks. She directs her 24/7/365 researchers to investigate advanced threats and deliver protections to thousands of customers daily. Her team of experts is constantly on the lookout for new threats through malware analysis, providing insights into today’s cybersecurity landscape to help protect mission-critical networks from known or potentially malicious threats.


As COVID-19 continues to impact the world, cybercriminals are quick to capitalize on the health emergency to try and siphon funds and steal data. Sherrod stands apart from other industry experts as a cybersecurity threat researcher who uncovers the unrelenting wave of crime—but also serves as an expert trusted source for media outlets. Sherrod brings attention to the many threats impacting organizations large and small. Below are some of her accomplishments:
● In 2021, she was quoted in 535 articles in 348 outlets across 13 countries, educating the public about the latest ransomware and other cyber threats impacting organizations across the globe.
● Thanks to her team’s extraordinary research and partnership with Proofpoint’s PR team, 1,900+ total articles featuring the company’s threat insights appeared globally.
● Her threat research team produced 45+ blogs, providing critical insights and data around the latest threats and threat actors.
To help shape news cycles, Sherrod went well beyond her day job to protect public safety so that organizations and users worldwide remained secure and informed throughout the pandemic and 2020 U.S. presidential election. She directed her team to uncover unique, value-added insight not already reported. For instance, when news broke of voter intimidation emails from the Proud Boys group, Sherrod’s team provided reporters evidence that the true threat actor was still active and undeterred by public attention. In a quick turn cycle, Sherrod made herself available for reporters at all hours. As a result, her insight was included in stories that ran in Bloomberg, Bloomberg Radio, CBS News, International Business Times (Singapore), La Razón (Spain), Le Monde (France), NBC, Reuters (UK), The New York Times, The Washington Post, and ZDNet, among others.