CDCA Announces Finalists and Winner for First Innovation Spotlight at 12th Annual Defense Summit

CHARLESTON, SC – Jan. 22, 2019 – The Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA)—a non-profit defense advocacy group—today announced that Netizen Corp. was selected as Best-in-Show during the first-ever Innovation Spotlight Competition held during the 12th Annual Defense Summit. Recognized for its CyberSecure Dashboard, Netizen Corp.’s innovative solution provides a dashboard of risk, vulnerability, and threat information to the managers and executives who need the information most. Michael Hawkins and Max Harris received the Innovation Spotlight award on behalf of Netizen Corp.


“The pace of technological advances is exponential, and the victor in military conflicts of the future will be the one who is furthest along the curve,” said Heather Walker, CDCA President. “The Innovation Spotlight was designed to showcase, incentivize and recognize innovative industry solutions that could make the difference between success or failure for our national defense.”


Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, the competition kicked off with a 300-word abstract written by each company describing the solution or product. The submissions fell into categories including analytics, cybersecurity, cloud, networking and more.  A panel of experts selected five finalists who were given a chance to present live during the first day of the Defense Summit. More than 1,300 summit attendees were encouraged to vote through the event app, which resulted in the Best-in-Show winner.


The top five finalist companies who were chosen to present in the technical pitch session to a live audience included:

·Appian Corporation’s The Digital Transformation Platform offers a 360-degree view of operational intelligence and allows end-users of the product to take action against that data.

·Netizen Corp.’s CyberSecure Dashboard simplifies the management of a secure infrastructure while providing an enterprise view of risk and compliance from a single interface.

·Network Runners, Inc.’s Cyber Cloaking Solution confirms identity before session connection by taking identity from the application layer to the network layer.

·Quest Software Public Sector’s Safeguard for Privileged Analytics gathers user data, finds what is normal, identifies what is risky, and then stops it.

·Sentar, Inc.’s veriScan works across an open source with smart-scanning capabilities that only focus on the deltas to determine vulnerabilities and provide one unified report 

“The Annual Defense Summit—which draws more than 1,300 attendees from government and defense contractors around the nation—provides the perfect platform to shine the spotlight on these innovations that are designed for defense readiness to protect our nation,” said Walker. “We look forward to holding this competition during the Defense Summit again next year.”

About Charleston Defense Contractors Association

Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) is an association of organizations and individual professionals dedicated to preserving, strengthening and continuing to grow the defense industry and its affiliated-organizations in Charleston, South Carolina, and its immediate surrounding region.  Since its inception in December 2002, the CDCA has worked to address issues facing the continually changing landscape that is Charleston’s defense industry presence and ensure that it continues to be a thriving, sustained business opportunity in Charleston, South Carolina. For further information, visit us at


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Michelle Van Jura, Intersect Communications

 Joy Capps, Intersect Communications

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