80% Turnover of IFSEC Top Ranked Vendor Influencers

By John Honovich, Published Jul 01, 2022, 07:23am EDT

80% of IFSEC Global's top-ranked vendor influencers last year were dropped in this year's version. IFSEC refused to explain what happened or how they are ranking influencers.

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Below is a comparison of IFSEC's 2021 and 2022 results:

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One returning influencer is Brivo CEO Steve Van Till, though Van Till remains in fifth place despite last year his company announcing going public at an $800 million valuation.

However, among those beating out Van Till was the CTO of Iris AI, a company with 5 employees listed on LinkedIn, and a Director at Secure Logiq, a company with 21 employees listed on LinkedIn.

The other returning influencer, who moved from 10th to 2nd is the Group Chief Operating Officer at CriticalArc, a company with 32 employees listed on LinkedIn. IFSEC provides no explanation about why he became so much more influential this year.

No one from Assa Abloy, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hikvision, Honeywell, JCI, or Motorola, to cite a few large manufacturers, was ranked.

We contacted the Lead Judge Grant Lecky but he declined the LinkedIn InMail and blocked following him on LinkedIn:

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We also repeatedly contacted IFSEC's editor James Moore but he never responded.

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Random Rankings

We do not see any particular rhyme or reason to IFSEC's ranking process and it looks essentially random, even within individual years and especially across years when virtually everyone changes.

Power of Lists

Lists can be a big deal for media organizations. For example, Forbes and Fortune are well known for theirs.

But IFSEC lists, like the annual show itself, are increasingly less influential as it becomes more broadly obvious that the lists do not genuinely try to rank anything.

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