Elemental Security, Inc., an award-winning pioneer of new technology in enterprise information security, today announced that the Python Software Foundation, founded by Elemental Language Architect Guido van Rossum, has won a Computerworld Horizon Award for the Python computer programming language.
IDG’s Computerworld established the Horizon awards this year to inform readers of the most cutting-edge technologies that are “on the horizon” from research labs and private companies.
Van Rossum developed Python between 1990 and 2005. It is a key element of Elemental’s innovative security compliance management product – the Elemental Compliance System. At Elemental, Van Rossum developed a derivative of Python called Fuel, the first and only custom policy language that enables intuitive cross-platform policy expression and easy deployment of policies throughout a computing environment. With no programming involved, organizations can leverage the language in the Elemental Compliance System to express policies in a manner that more closely resembles how they were written in a security policy document, without worrying about implementation details or platform-specific issues.
“This year’s Horizon Award winners exemplify the most notable technologies that will potentially impact both consumers and enterprises in the coming years,” said Don Tennant, editor in chief of Computerworld. “What sets Python apart from other dynamic languages is its ease of maintenance. After years of fine-tuning, the open-source Python is graduating from being a tool used only by a select group of developers to becoming the brains behind mainstream applications.”
“Computerworld is a trusted source for critical information of senior IT management, and we are honored to be recognized by them,” said Van Rossum. “The Python language has matured through the years due to the work of its growing open-source community, and it’s gratifying to have their contributions noticed. It’s rewarding to see Python being leveraged on such a wide scale by organizations of all sizes, including here at Elemental where we’ve created a unique custom policy language to best meet the security and compliance needs of our customers.”
Elemental’s award-winning product is the world’s first solution that unifies policy management, host configuration and network access control in one seamlessly integrated offering. For the first time, enterprises can easily express cross-platform security policies that affect individual computers and their behavior on the network, gather meaningful up-to-date information to compare to established metrics, and selectively enforce policies across a diverse, dynamic environment. Security compliance has become a top priority for enterprises due to the pressures from increasing frequency and severity of security breaches, and from regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
About Guido van Rossum
Guido van Rossum is one of the world’s best known and most respected computer language experts. Van Rossum is most recognized for writing the Python language, one of the leading open source languages. He has written the policy language used by the Elemental Compliance System. In one of his accomplishments, he was recently nominated as one of the Top 20 Software People in the World by Java Developer’s Journal. Prior to joining the Elemental team, Van Rossum was the Director of PythonLabs at Zope Corporation. He has been a guest researcher for the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md., working at the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). Van Rossum holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Amsterdam.
Computerworld, the “Voice of IT Management,” is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of senior IT management. Computerworld’s integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world’s largest (58-edition) global IT media network through its weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site, focused conference series and custom research. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence, surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude. Recognition includes the 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a Jesse H. Neal Award for “Best News Coverage.” In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management, with a guaranteed rate base of 180,050, a total print audience of 1,138,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS 2004 Business Influencer Study), and an online audience of more than 1.1 million unique monthly visitors (DoubleClick). Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media, research and events company.
Elemental is an award-winning pioneer in the Security Compliance Management market. Elemental’s products address enterprises’ need to centrally manage the security compliance of all computers in their environments. Elemental provides unified visibility and control to manage dynamic computing environments, enabling enterprises to satisfy compliance requirements and measurably improve their security.
Founded in December 2002, Elemental is a privately held company backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, Mayfield, Sequoia Capital and Lehman Brothers Venture Partners. Red Herring and AlwaysOn awarded the company their Red Herring 100 and AlwaysOn 100 awards, respectively, which honor the top private companies of 2005. The company is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., and has offices throughout the U.S.
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