Endpoint Security Prize Finalists Announced!


Access is excited to announce the three finalists to our $50,000 Innovation Prize for Endpoint Security!


Tails is a “live” operating system providing an out-of-the-box platform for secure communications in high-risk environments. All communications are routed through the Tor anonymity network, and it is built to be run off a DVD, USB stick, or SD card to enable discrete use and reduce the likelihood of compromise. Tails embodies the successful collaboration of developers, trainers, security professionals towards tackling the spectrum of user needs — from usability to security — in high-risk environments.

Qubes OS

Qubes OS is an open-source operating system designed to provide strong security for desktop computing through security by isolation. It represents a successful and sustainable free and open-source computing project focused on security, and connecting such efforts with the needs of high-risk users is critical towards further improving the secure communications solutions available.

Open Whisper Systems

If endpoint security for laptop and desktop computers is difficult, the world of mobile security is even more fraught for those trying to communicate securely. Open Whisper Systems aims to make privacy and security effortless for users by developing secure mobile communications protocols and solutions and integrating them directly into popular mobile operating systems — going directly to where users already are.

Thanks to our judges for their hard work in evaluating the great submissions we received:

  • Bruce Schneier – Chief Technology Officer at Co3 Systems
  • Eleanor Saitta – Principal Security Engineer, Open Internet Tools Project
  • Ali Ravi – Program Director, Privacy & Expression at Tactical Tech
  • Dan Blah Meredith – Director of Open Technology Fund at Radio Free Asia
  • Gustaf Björksten – Technology Director at Access

Tune in to RightsCon where the winner of the $50,000 prize will be announced!