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Zscaler Executives Honored to Receive Federal 100 Awards


Zscaler is honored to share that Stephen Kovac, Vice President of Global Government and Head of Corporate Compliance, and Drew Schnabel, Vice President, Federal, were honored as Federal 100 Awards winners at a ceremony on August 27—celebrating both 2020 and 2021 awardees.

The Federal 100 Awards are the most prestigious awards in the federal IT industry, celebrating government and industry leaders who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate the innovative ways technology is transforming government—something both Kovac and Schnabel continue to exemplify.

Drew Schnabel, a 2021 winner, was selected for his tireless efforts as a vocal advocate for zero trust security. Schnabel understands the value of industry/government collaboration and has been instrumental in bringing the Department of Defense (DoD) SkillBridge program to Zscaler, which gives military service members the opportunity to participate in industry-sponsored positions, gaining experience and training as they transition into the civilian workforce.

Stephen Kovac, a 2020 winner, was honored for his relentless work to remove roadblocks to Federal cloud adoption, raising awareness, and educating policymakers and Federal IT leaders about opportunities for progress. He is the industry’s most vocal advocate for Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) reform, a significant barrier to cloud in government, in addition to supporting Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reform efforts.

Zscaler is committed to improving the nation’s cybersecurity posture and helping federal IT leaders embrace a cloud-delivered approach to enabling zero trust and delivering fast, seamless, and secure access across the entire ecosystem. Over the past year, Zscaler has taken a series of important steps, moving us closer to this goal:

  • Zscaler was named a collaborator on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) by implementing a zero trust architecture project which brings government and industry together to demonstrate various approaches to building a zero trust architecture. Zscaler joins 17 other technology companies on the project, underscoring the critical importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors.
  • Zscaler received a success memo from the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) for successfully completing Secure Cloud Management (SCM) prototypes as part of a year-long process where the DIU evaluated service offerings that deliver fast, secure, and controlled access by DIU users to software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps directly over the internet.
  • Zscaler Prioritized Joint Authorization Board (JAB) and FedRAMP certification for Zscaler Internet Access (ZIA) at the High Impact Level through the FedRAMP Connect program. ZIA, combined with Zscaler Private Access (ZPA), are the core of the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange. ZPA is JAB authorized at the High Impact Level.
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