Sallie Mae Recognized for Cybersecurity Management Practices

Company Receives CSO50 Award for Developing and Implementing
Security Initiatives

NEWARK, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sallie Mae (Nasdaq: SLM), the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for
college company, has been named one of the 2017
CSO50 Award
honorees by CSO,
a leading information security and risk management content and
networking resource. Sallie Mae and its chief security officer, Jerry
Archer, will be recognized at the CSO50
Conference + Awards
in Scottsdale, Ariz., in May 2017.

“The stakes have never been higher when it comes to protecting an
organization’s sensitive data from criminals and breaches,” said Joan
Goodchild, editor-in-chief, CSO. “Security leaders are expected to not
only deliver protection, but also to drive business initiatives. Our
annual CSO50 awards recognize security projects that enhance defense and
also deliver a return on investment.”

Sallie Mae’s CSO50 Award recognizes the company’s overall efforts to
develop and implement security initiatives that protect customer
information. Specifically, Sallie Mae’s project leader, Jennifer Darwin,
worked with Gurucul,
the user behavior analytics and identity access intelligence company, to
identify and monitor potential cybersecurity risks and threats. The
Gurucul Risk Analytics platform has been successfully deployed by
government agencies and Global Fortune 500 companies across the
financial, healthcare, technology, retail, and manufacturing sectors.

“We are proud to work with Sallie Mae to implement our platform, which
is part of their overall commitment to cybersecurity,” said Saryu
Nayyar, CEO, Gurucul. “It’s especially gratifying to see that work
recognized by CSO.”

This is the second award Sallie Mae has received for its work in
cybersecurity. In 2015, Jerry Archer received the Security
Advisor Alliance
 Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding
leadership in the cybersecurity industry.

“Sallie Mae works continually to evaluate and improve systems and
processes to protect customer information,” said Dan Kennedy, senior
vice president and chief information officer. “We congratulate Jerry
Archer, Jennifer Darwin, and team for this well-deserved award.”

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paying for college company. Whether college is a long way off or just
around the corner, Sallie Mae offers products that promote responsible
personal finance, including private education loans, Upromise rewards,
scholarship search, college financial planning tools, and online retail
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