Carrie VanBuskirk, W2 CommunicationsBy Carrie VanBuskirk

W2 Communications, CBRE Present First Annual “Cybersecurity Impact Awards” at CYBERTACOS

Last week, W2 Communications and commercial real estate firm CBRE presented the first annual Cybersecurity Impact Awards, recognizing the top local companies for leadership and innovation within the cybersecurity industry, ranging from start-up to large-size companies.

As part of CYBERTACOS– a series of networking events created to bring together the local cybersecurity and broader IT community – the Cybersecurity Impact Awards recognize and honor local companies which excel in the industry while demonstrating the significance of establishing headquarters in the Washington, DC metro area.

Congratulations to our 2019 Cybersecurity Impact Award recipients:

Large Company (250+ employees): Cofense, Paladion, Sonatype

Mid-size Company (50-250 employees): Dark Wolf Solutions, Dragos, IronNet Cybersecurity

Small Business (Less than 50 employees): Enveil, PFP Cybersecurity, Terbium Labs

Start-up to Watch (Less than 24 months in business): Caveonix, Ostendio, RunSafe Security

An independent panel of judges within the information security industry evaluated the nominations, with the winning companies selected based upon a variety of criteria, including solution relevance, innovation, differentiation and locality.

We would like to thank our distinguished judges: Merritt Baer, Yong-Gon Chon, John Czupak, Mike Denning, Naomi Eide, Megan Gates, Mark Goldstein, Bob Gourley, Danielle Jackson, Sean Kelley, Sushila Nair, Donna Ruginski, Ramesh Sepehrrad, Ph.D, and Anne Marie Zettlemoyer.

We could not have hosted such a successful event and awards ceremony without our dedicated Cybersecurity Impact Awards sponsors and partners: BluVector, Carahsoft, CBRE,Cognito, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, HuntSource, ManTech, Prince William County VA Department of Economic Development, The CyberWireand the Washington Business Journal.

W2 Communications and CBRE are already preparing for next year’s awards, and the CYBERTACOS team is going full steam ahead in planning its next CYBERTACOS networking event, scheduled for October 22 as part of DC CyberWeek.

For more information on the Cybersecurity Impact Awards, visit For details on upcoming CYBERTACOS events, visit


Carrie VanBuskirk, W2 Communications

Carrie VanBuskirk,

Since joining W2 Communications as an Account Coordinator in December 2015, Carrie has overseen results-generating media relations, managed social media, coordinated events and played a key role in the development of successful PR campaigns. Carrie now serves as an Account Manager and has worked with technology organizations of all sizes and industries. Prior to joining W2 Communications, Carrie graduated from Lynchburg College with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with an emphasis in public relations.

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