EY Announces Mike Gentile of CISOSHARE as 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year® Semi-Finalist in Orange County

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Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) has announced that Mike Gentile, Founder, President, and CEO of CISOSHARE has been recognized as a semifinalist for the 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Orange County. The awards program, which is in its 34th year, celebrates the unstoppable entrepreneurs whose unbounded ambitions deliver innovation, growth, and prosperity that transform our world.

“The spirit of our learning and teaching culture at CISOSHARE means giving a chance to anyone that wants it, including those that are often overlooked, perhaps because of roadblocks that have held them back, a lack of an opportunity, or a support system that keeps them from setting their talents free,” says Mike Gentile, Founder, President and CEO of CISOSHARE.

“This has been special for me because I was that person, someone who is a mess in many ways, and has only been able to lead CISOSHARE through our business success and community impact programs because of the great mentors, both past and present, a world-class team in leadership and employees at CISOSHARE, and a family support system who believed in me to do it. This is not recognition for me, this is for all of them,” says Gentile.

CISOSHARE is a leading provider of cyber security services for leading and rapidly growing organizations founded in 2015 with the mission of improving organizational security programs by enabling better decision-making. Everything CISOSHARE does aligns with the learning and teaching culture that Gentile has cultivated within the team. Gentile and CISOSHARE have been recognized for their innovative approaches that define, differentiate, and are crucial to reaching the vision of being a socially conscious enabler of cyber security progress on a global scale.

Along with managed and professional cyber security services, CISOSHARE also offers a suite of security program and professional development tools in ProgressLink. ProgressLink combines CISOSHARE’s patent pending progress-based approach with expert-designed technology to automate program and professional improvement activities.

Gentile also founded CyberForward by CISOSHARE, a program addressing the cyber security resource shortage by tapping often overlooked pools of people that demonstrate aptitudes for success in cyber security. CyberForward is a partner-enabled professional development program that identifies and develops effective, job-ready cyber security professionals by providing valuable perspective-based mentorship and on-the-job experience.


Based in Southern California and serving organizations everywhere, CISOSHARE was founded by Mike Gentile and is the leading provider of security program development, professional, and managed services for leading organizations around the world. Learning and teaching lies at the core of CISOSHARE's culture, focusing on educating employees and clients about information security through our services. We have served hundreds of organizations from, supplying dedicated security leaders to developing world-class security programs from the ground up. Find out more at https://cisoshare.com


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Orange County, local sponsors include Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C., Tangram, and Cresa.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

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September 08, 2020
Celyn Matienzo