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Stroz Friedberg receives 2015 CSO50 award from IDG’s CSO

Stroz Friedberg is a specialized risk management firm built to help clients solve the complex challenges prevalent in today’s digital, connected, and regulated business world

NEW YORK, NY – October 7, 2014

Stroz Friedberg, a global investigations, intelligence and risk management company, has been named an honoree of a 2015 CSO50 Award from IDG’s CSO. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon a select group of organizations that have demonstrated that their security projects and initiatives have created outstanding business value and thought leadership for their companies or clients.

Stroz Friedberg received the award for a project for investment firm KKR & Co., L.P., which aimed to minimize the financial risk facing KKR’s investments caused by threats related to information security. The goal was to rapidly and meaningfully measure the security posture of the portfolio companies through an efficient, effective, standardized and repeatable process, and to use this information to advise the companies in how to strengthen their programs. The process and methodology Stroz Friedberg developed and implemented gave KKR a high-level overview of the security of virtually its entire portfolio of companies in a three month time period.

“We are honored by this award, and thankful to our client KKR for the opportunity to work with them on this project,” said Michael Patsalos-Fox, CEO of Stroz Friedberg. “This program our team developed is a breakthrough in the field of security risk management. The ability to measure information security quickly and meaningfully across industries and geographies will have implications for organizations such as insurance underwriters, other investment firms, and companies interested in evaluating the risks stemming from their third-party vendors.”

“For the third year in a row, outstanding organizations demonstrating innovation, creativity and understanding of business value in security were chosen from a large pool of submissions,” said Joan Goodchild, editor, CSO. “We congratulate this year’s CSO50 winners and applaud them for setting the bar high for security’s role in providing value and ROI in business.”

Stroz Friedberg will accept its award at the CSO50 Security Confab + Awards conference held on February 23-25, 2015 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida. The full list of award honorees was announced on October 2 by IDG.

About the CSO50 Awards

Launched in 2013, the CSO50 Awards recognizes 50 organization for security projects and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership. The CSO50 Awards are scored according to a uniform set of criteria by a panel of judges that includes security leaders, industry experts, and academics. Awards will be presented at the CSO50 Security Confab + Awards conference.

About CSO

CSO is the premier content and community resource for security decision-makers leading “business risk management” efforts within their organization. For more than a decade, CSO’s award-winning Web site (, executive conferences, strategic marketing services and research have equipped security decision-makers to mitigate both IT and corporate/physical risk for their organizations and provided opportunities for security vendors looking to reach this audience. To assist CSOs in educating their organizations’ employees on corporate and personal security practices, CSO also produces the quarterly newsletter Security Smart. CSO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at



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