Awards

awardCisco Champion

Cisco Systems / 2017

Cisco Champions are seasoned IT technical experts and influencers who enjoy sharing their knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco. The Cisco Champions program encompasses different areas of interest such as Data Center, Internet of Things, Enterprise Networks, Collaboration and Security. Cisco Champions are located all over the world. Led by CTO Ray Hicks; 5thColumn has received this award for the 3rd year in a row.

awardCisco Champion

Cisco Systems / 2016

Cisco Champions are seasoned IT technical experts and influencers who enjoy sharing their knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco. The Cisco Champions program encompasses different areas of interest, such as Data Center, Internet of Things, Enterprise Networks, Collaboration and Security. Cisco Champions are located all over the world.

awardAdvanced Security Architecture Specialization

Cisco Systems / November 2016

By achieving the Advanced Security Architecture Specialization, 5thColumn LLC has proven they have the ability to provide sophisticated, value-added Cisco solutions through their in-depth sales capabilities, technology skills and service offerings.

awardCisco Champion

Cisco Systems / 2015

Cisco Champions are seasoned IT technical experts and influencers who enjoy sharing their knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco. The Cisco Champions program encompasses different areas of interest, such as Data Center, Internet of Things, Enterprise Networks, Collaboration and Security. Cisco Champions are located all over the world.

awardCisco Security Advisory Board

Cisco Elected / October 2013

Elected by internal sponsorship to provide input and partner feedback to product development and enhanced roadmap capabilities specifically for security related architectures, products, and convergence of Information Assurance and the "internet of everything".

awardInformation Security Technical Visionary Award 2010

GCN / February 2011

Recognized as thought leader and visionary for research and publications related to the evolution of information security and the challenges ahead as we move towards an organic infrastructure incorporating real time awareness.

awardHonorary Speaker Department of Justice Security Summit

Federal CIO council / October 2004

Federal conference regarding IT security and Information assurance I was presented with an award honoring my forward thinking and execution regarding my design and implementation of the Homeland Security Day One Network and Security Architectures and Operations Centers.

awardExcellence in Leadership and Service Delivery

Department of Homeland Security / May 2003

As the chief architect and technical director for the design and implementation of Dept. of Homeland Security network and security architecture. Special Advisory services to Executive Office of the White House and GAO as only civilian participant in strategic vision working groups.

awardSTARS Award

SAIC / December 2003

STARS award is given to individual who is nominated by their peers within each business unit at SAIC. It is often given to a thought leader or visionary who drove the business into new areas, increased business unit performance and who increased value and contract size. Selected winner out of 20 submitted candidates for the year.

Accolades

Simply the most impressive group of experienced, highly creative thinkers I have ever consulted with from any vendor on any project; PERIOD!
- Scott Drodek, Director IT Operations, Easynews Inc.
5thColumn applied their security expertise and delivered a highly secure / high performance data access and storage solution with almost no cost increase or schedule drift. Thank you.
- Richard Wesley, Executive In Charge, Network Operations Advanced Research Technologies
Ray possesses an incredible ability to assess your current situation and accurately provide innovative and cutting edge solutions that meet your budgetary requirements. Straight talk, sound advice, and always willing to go the extra mile to meet your company's needs. I HIGHLY recommend Ray and 5thColumn for ALL of your IT needs.
- IT Operations Manager, Contractor at Charles Industries, Ltd.

Additional Awards

Additional Recognitions

award2017, July – Nominated
Chicago Inno’s Coolest Companies Award

award2017, July – Rahm Emmanuel
credits 5thColumn as part of 1000+ new Chicago jobs during Tech Press Conference

award2017, June – Featured
in Security Partner Village at Cisco Live, Las Vegas

award2017, April – 5thColumn
launches first industry-backed cyber warranty

award2017, April – Launch
of new data center in partnership with TierPoint, Panduit and Cisco

award2017, March – Named
by Built In Chicago as 1 of 7 companies contributing to the Chicago tech boom

award2017, February – 5thColumn
Founder & CTO Ray Hicks nominated for Innovator Of The Year award by The Executives’ Club Chicago

award2017, February – Named
a Tech Madness finalists by Chicago Inno

award2016, October – 5thColumn's
Prajakt Shastry selected to speak at Super Computing ‘16

award2016, July – Featured
Cisco Live in Las Vegas

award2016, July – Nominated
Chicago Inno’s Coolest Companies Award

award2016, August – Finalist
Chicago Innovation Award for Hottest Technologies

award 2013 Cisco Security Advisory Board
Cisco Internal Invitational Program

award 2012 Strategic Visionary
CyberSecurity / Enterprise Division (Gartner)

award 2012 CIO
Innovator of the year nominee

Additional Accolades

The team at 5thColumn came in with very short notice, analyzed our situation and quickly worked through our challenges with a high level of technical and professional knowledge. They brought the right resources to the table and worked diligently to identify and resolve our issues quickly.
- Tim Walter, Chief Information Officer, Akoo International Inc.
It is infrequent that you find a brilliant IT engineer with the capacity to communicate a complex scenario in an easy to understand format. Ray Hicks is such and engineer. Very few people in the Network/Security industry possess the knowledge and expertise that Ray brings to the table. It is a delight to know that he works for me and not against me.
- William Connolly, Sr Enterprise Account Executive at LANStatus.
Ray Hicks is a progressive leader, who brings enthusiasm, excellence, and a true entrepreneurial spirit to every life endeavor. He demonstrates a unique diversity of both business and technology skill and experience that enables him to push the envelope; to succeed where others have failed to progress or simply been beaten by the process. Ray is not afraid of potential failure, learns from every setback, never gives up, and always remembers his friends and associates. His accomplishments speak for themselves.
- David McDougall, President & CEO, In8ive Enterprises, Inc.

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