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ShorePoint Named 2023 Cybersecurity Excellence Award Winner in Three Categories


ShorePoint Inc., a cybersecurity services company that protects customers’ critical assets from cyber threats, today announced that it has been named a winner of the 2023 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards in three categories. Ann Dixon, Senior Information Assurance Analyst with ShorePoint, is the Cybersecurity Woman of the Year in North America. John Rafique, ShorePoint’s Director of Recruiting and Retention, was named the top Cybersecurity Recruiter of the Year in North America. ShorePoint was also named a Best Zero Trust Security Services provider. The Cybersecurity Excellence Awards recognize companies, products and professionals that demonstrate excellence, innovation and leadership in information security.

“Government organizations are on a journey to achieve greater cyber resiliency amidst an increasingly volatile and aggressive threat landscape. Effective cybersecurity solutions require coordination and collaboration across people, systems, services and data,” said Matt Brown, ShorePoint co-founder and CEO. “I am deeply proud of our team for this well-earned recognition of cybersecurity expertise, commitment and excellence.”

Winners of this year’s awards were selected based on the strength of their nominations as well as the popular vote by members of the Information Security Community. Among companies with 100 – 499 employees, ShorePoint’s awards include:

  • Ann Dixon, Senior Information Assurance Analyst with ShorePoint | 2023 Cybersecurity Woman of the Year – North America (gold award). Dixon serves as a subject matter expert to multiple federal government clients and has a reputation for going above and beyond in providing enterprise security program advice and counsel to senior executives. Over the past year, she has led stakeholder engagement and strategic actions on evolving guidance and White House Administration priorities through participation in progressive and ambitious enterprise cybersecurity programs in the public sector. She has also directly contributed to guidance, insights and strategies related to evolving metrics.
  • John Rafique, ShorePoint Director of Recruiting and Retention | 2023 Cybersecurity Recruiter of the Year – North America (gold award). Under Rafique’s guidance, ShorePoint has grown from a company of 15 at the time of his hire to over 100 employees, while maintaining above-average retention rates – all during a well-documented talent shortage in the cybersecurity industry. He also established a culture of relationship-building with job candidates that remains in place throughout their employment.
  • ShorePoint | Best Zero Trust Security Services (silver award). ShorePoint offers a Zero Trust Security service that brings together stakeholders and cross-functional groups under a centralized Zero Trust Program Management Office (PMO) to create and implement a successful Zero Trust plan. ShorePoint’s PMO remains adaptive to drivers and mandates, allowing organizations to modularly optimize existing capabilities, maximize existing investments and adapt the framework to already established technology standards within their enterprise. Ultimately, ShorePoint’s PMO reduces disruption to operations and improves stakeholder buy-in.

About the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards

The Cybersecurity Excellence Awards is an annual competition honoring individuals and companies that demonstrate excellence, innovation and leadership in information security. Learn more:


About ShorePoint

As a specialized cybersecurity firm, ShorePoint continuously disrupts adversaries and targets their evolving tactics to provide a heightened level of security for federal civilian, defense and intelligence community clients. While defending against a surging number of cyber threats, clients count on ShorePoint’s team of cybersecurity and digital transformation experts to maximize cyber resilience, lower risk and drive efficiency. ShorePoint is a fast-growing, privately held firm in Herndon, VA.