HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY) announced today that Chief Security Officer Scott Pettigrew is one of five to win the CSO Compass Awards. Each year, the editors of CSO magazine honor individuals who demonstrate excellence, achievement, and leadership in security, as well as drive business value. Recipients can win the award only once. A 20-year veteran of the industry, Pettigrew has developed the security function for national and international companies in several industries. During his four years at HMS, Pettigrew has recruited a team of security experts, designed a security infrastructure, and created a department that works well with all the other business units in the company. Pettigrew chartered the company’s first corporate security program in 2010. The program re-engineered the information protection practice to ensure the delivery of security services through a risk-based system. This cost-effective approach encompassed business processes as well as technology to safeguard business information. Pettigrew has also adopted emerging “best of breed” security technologies. “Given the importance of security to our business, it’s easy to take a rigid approach and much more difficult to achieve a balance between protection and risk reduction,” HMS Chief Information Officer Cynthia Nustad said. “Scott has created a culture of security at HMS by taking a measured approach and continuously evaluating risks as they relate to protecting our clients’ data.” Pettigrew looks forward to addressing additional security issues: “The security field has gone from being focused on the simplistic—user administration—to the extremely complex, with new threats being introduced almost daily. Security experts must have a solid understanding of the business we protect and work with our clients to create a successful security approach.” Read the full CSO story on Pettigrew here. About HMS Holdings Corp. HMS Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, is the nation's leader in coordination of benefits and program integrity services for healthcare payers. HMS's clients include health and human services programs in more than 40 states; commercial payers, including group health plans, Medicare Advantage plans, more than 148 Medicaid managed care plans, and employers; the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); and Veterans Administration facilities. As a result of the company's services, clients recovered $3.2 billion in 2012, and saved billions more through the prevention of erroneous payments. About CSO CSO is the premier content and community resource for security decision-makers leading “business risk management” efforts within their organization. For more than a decade, CSO's award-winning Web site ( www.CSOonline.com), publication, executive conferences, custom solutions and research have equipped security decision-makers to mitigate both IT and corporate/physical risk for their organizations and provided opportunities for security vendors looking to reach this audience. To assist CSOs in educating their organizations' employees on corporate and personal security practices, CSO also produces the quarterly newsletter Security Smart. CSO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.