DALLAS – May 3, 2017 – EY today announced that Chris Drake, founder and CEO of Armor, The First Totally Secure Cloud Company™, has been named as a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Southwest region. The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Drake was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.
“Protecting people has always been my passion and Armor allows our entire team to do just that each and every day,” said Drake. “This recognition is an honor but it’s really an embodiment to all the great people who have helped me along the way and there were many. I know each of the finalists shares in the many ups and downs an entrepreneur goes through and it’s a privilege to be considered their peer.”
Armor is committed to innovation and positive customer outcomes, this embodies the same entrepreneurial qualities the EY awards represent. The company offers cloud security that meets PCI, HIPAA/HITRUST, SOC and ISO compliance standards in addition to delivering threat intelligence, automated security orchestration and machine learning managed by an elite military-trained security operations center (SOC). With 24/7/365 managed protection, detection and response against any cyber threat, Armor provides an industry-leading dwell time of less than one day.
Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Southwest region, sponsors also include Colliers International, Haynes and Boone LLP, RHSB, M&M Special Events, Smith Frank & Partners, D CEO Magazine and SocialStrategy1.
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Armor is The First Totally Secure Cloud Company™ that protects customers’ vital assets and helps prevent data breaches through managed multi-layer security for public and private clouds. The Armor team also applies extensive military cyber security experience for proactive threat detection, response and remediation. Forward-thinking organizations trust Armor for data security and compliance to stay ahead of cyber threats in the cloud. To learn more, visit www.armor.com or follow @armor.