Inc. magazine has ranked 5thColumn NO. 1246 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

5thColumn is ranked on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list for the first time.

Inc. Magazine Unveils 36th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000


5thColumn Ranks No. 1246 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 328%


NEW YORK, August 16, 2017 Inc. magazine has ranked 5thColumn NO. 1246 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.


The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small and midsized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.


5thColumn was ranked #31 out of all the companies in Chicago and #16 out of the 68 cybersecurity companies that made the list.


“We knew we were taking the longer, windier road to success, but we never predicted that it would happen this quickly. This is a pure testament to how hard everyone on our team has worked.” Said 5thColumn Founder and CTO, Ray Hicks.


“Making the Inc. 5000 list is a huge honor! The honor is recognition for all the hard work done at 5thColumn since its inception. It takes both vision and execution just to remain competitive as a business, let alone dramatically increase revenue in such a short period. With so many players in the cybersecurity space, it can difficult to stand out. I’m proud to be a part of a growing team dedicated to both fluid collaboration and cunning innovation.” Emmanuel Obi, Head of Data Science at 5thColumn.


“The Inc. 5000 is the most persuasive evidence I know that the American Dream is still alive,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “The founders and CEOs of the Inc. 5000 tell us they think determination, risk taking, and vision were the keys to their success, and I believe them.”


The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 10 through 12, 2017 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, CA. Speakers include some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as former Ford president Alan Mullaly, FUBU CEO and founder and “Shark Tank” star Daymond John, Dollar Shave Club founder Michael Dubin, researcher and #1 New York Times bestseller Brené Brown, and Gravity Payments’ founder and CEO Dan Price.

5thColumn is just getting started. They plan on adding an additional 25 team members by the end of the year. Currently, they’re looking to fill several development and engineer positions. All available roles can be found here.


About 5thColumn: Founded in 2012, Chicago-based 5thColumn is cybersecurity firm focused on advanced real-time threat protection and enterprise data security. Our solutions are powered by BOSS – a flexible security orchestration platform. All of our security products ensure that small and midsize business (SMBs) organizations maintain a state-of-the-art barrier from malicious events and activities. We also provide the fastest time-to-detection and resolution on the market.



Michaela Neatherton

Director of Marketing



More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000


Methodology: The 2017 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2013 to 2016. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2013. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2016. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2013 is $100,000; the minimum for 2016 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at


About Inc. Media: Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 18,000,000 today.  For more information, visit


The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.


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