Congrats to our Top Company 2016 winner: Optiv Security
The company topped the "Technology" category
This year’s Top Company winners and finalists represent large and small, old and new, high-tech and high-touch businesses and organizations in 11 industry categories. Like Colorado itself, these enterprises have undergone changes, endured tumultuous economic times, and overcome various hurdles to achieve distinction in their respective fields.
To be eligible for Top Company consideration, companies must be based in Colorado or have a significant presence in the state. Deloitte, a longtime program sponsor, selects up to three finalists per industry category from applications submitted online at cobizmag.com. A panel made up of ColoradoBiz magazine’s editorial board and representatives from the business community then selects the winners based on financial performance or other relevant metric, achievement in one or more operational aspect of their business, and community involvement.
Read on to learn about our 29th annual Top Company Awards winners and finalists in the "Technology/Software/Communications" category.
Optiv Security Inc.
Opitv is a new company that boasts 30 years of experience. That’s because the cyber security provider was created by a merger of Accuvant and FishNet Security. Today Optiv focuses solely on cyber security solutions that help define strategy, identify and remediate threats, select and deploy technology, and achieve operational readiness to protect from malicious attacks. Optiv helps businesses, governments and educational institutions address specific projects, solve problems and develop cyber security strategy, in whatever way best suits a company’s needs.
Optiv has more than 1,500 employees, and the company encourages creativity and diversity in work styles. Depending on the nature of the job and client and business needs, employees m ay be able to perform work from alternate locations or with a non-traditional work schedule, minimizing rush hour times, gas consumption and pollution. The company also does community work. This year, in conjunction with the Military Support Warriors Foundations, Optiv donated a mortgage-free home to a veteran, donating camping gear to children in conjunction with outreach group City Wild, and hosted a two-week cyber security workshop with eight students and eight teachers in attendance. The company also created OptivU, a cyber security training program from which 56 graduates (including 23 veterans and three women) have earned certifications and gainful employment.
Optiv’s revenue went from roughly $1.1 billion in 2013 to nearly $2 billion in 2015, and projects similar growth for 2016.
“Optiv has grown into a market-leading provider of cyber security solutions and services, and we are proud to be headquartered in a state that has become an epicenter for our industry,” says Dan Burns, CEO of Optiv. “We are excited to continue expanding our business and meeting the security needs of organizations in Colorado and beyond.”
Gorilla Logic offers custom application development services from mobile and Web apps to enterprise back-ends and product ecosystems. The Boulder-based firm maintains a roster of developers across the U.S. and in its software development center in Costa Rica. The software engineers can help with a project end-to-end or collaborate with a client’s existing team.
Gorilla Logic’s community work includes supporting the Colorado Technology Association’s annual C-Level at Mile High event, hosting a virtual reality workshop for developers, sponsoring the GlueConference in Broomfield, and sponsoring STEM programs in Costa Rica to get girls ages 14-16 into coding.
Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications is a Fortune 500 company that provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. The company, founded in 1998, offers fiber and infrastructure solutions, IP-based voice and data communications, wide-area Ethernet, video and content distribution, data center and cloud-based solutions.
Level 3 serves customers in more than 500 markets, in more than 60 countries across a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. In 2015, the Level 3 Foundation was established to provide employees and community members the opportunity to share in its commitment to giving back. Level 3 has matched $250,000 of employee contributions made to the foundation, and members of the executive team provided an additional $250,000 in personal support.