Press Release

Coalfire Named Semifinalist in the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Awards

March 20, 2018

Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve


Westminster, CO – March 20,  2018 –Coalfire, a trusted provider of independent cybersecurity advisory services, announced today that the company has been named a semifinalist in the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Awards. Coalfire has earned this recognition due to its outstanding support for its National Guard and Reserve employees.

“Coalfire is proud to support National Guard and Reserve employees because we’ve seen firsthand the value that they add to our company’s culture, and to the company as a whole,” said Tom McAndrew, COO at Coalfire. “It is an honor to be selected as a semifinalist in the Employer Support Freedom Awards.” The Freedom Award began in 1996 by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), and to date, only 250 employers have received the award. Coalfire was one of 149 selected semifinalists nationwide. The semifinalists were chosen from over 2,300 nominations submitted by Guard and Reserve personnel. The selected semifinalists are from large and small private employers as well as government organizations, representing a variety of industries across the United States. The organization’s national review board will announce the 30 finalists in the coming weeks.

The ESGR’s National Selection Committee will recommend 15 recipients to the Secretary of Defense, who will present the Freedom Awards at a ceremony at the Pentagon on August 24, 2018. The ESGR is a Department of Defense office established in 1972 to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve personnel.

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About Coalfire

Coalfire is the cybersecurity advisor that helps private and public-sector organizations avert threats, close gaps and effectively manage risk. By providing independent and tailored advice, assessments, technical testing and cyber engineering services, we help clients develop scalable programs that improve their security posture, achieve their business objectives and fuel their continued success. Coalfire has been a cybersecurity thought leader for more than 16 years and has offices throughout the United States and Europe.

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For Coalfire