March 27, 2024
The Bottom Line Up Front

C4ADS received the Cause Award at the 2023 Elastic Excellence Awards for our innovative use of Elasticsearch in combating illicit activities worldwide, as recognized during the ElasticON event in NYC on March 26th, 2024.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — C4ADS, a global security nonprofit that works to defeat illicit networks, today announced it was named a winner of the 2023 Elastic Excellence Cause Award. The award was presented during the 2024 ElasticON New York on March 26, 2024. 

“C4ADS is honored to be a recipient of the Cause Award,” said William Gibson, Software Program Director at C4ADS. “Without the capabilities of Elasticsearch, our partners would not be able to comprehensively search the diverse datasets within our product to extract valuable insights crucial for combating illicit activities globally.”

The Elastic Excellence Awards celebrate organizations and individuals demonstrating ingenuity and resilience by pushing the limits of data search, observability, and security with groundbreaking implementations. Award recipients were recognized for demonstrating results and value within their organizations through their Elastic-based use cases.

The Cause Award recognizes organizations addressing social and humanitarian challenges for the betterment of the world. C4ADS has been at the forefront of developing state-of-the-art software solutions, such as a dashboard for monitoring trends in illicit wildlife trafficking and a flight product for analyzing uncensored aircraft data. Leveraging our expertise in data and technology, C4ADS continues to innovate, striving to create new tools and platforms that empower investigators, journalists, and civil society actors in the fight against illicit and malign networks that threaten global peace and security. 

This year’s Elastic Excellence Awards fall under six categories: the Cause Award, Business Transformation Award, Solve with Search Award, Innovation Award, Public Sector Award, and Elastic Certified Professional of the Year.  

“We are honored to partner with customers across all industries to help them develop innovative ways to strengthen business resilience and improve societies using search-powered AI,” said Mark Dodds, chief revenue officer at Elastic. “What inspires Elastic’s product innovation and equally humbles us are the exceptional projects and solutions our customers have created using Elastic. We’re excited to recognize some of those extraordinary use cases as part of our Elastic Excellence Awards and congratulate C4ADS for this well-deserved recognition.”


C4ADS is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit with a mission to defeat the illicit networks that threaten global peace and security. Powered by our cutting-edge data and technology capabilities, we produce compelling analysis to target illicit networks that operate across borders to destabilize communities, prevent development, and devastate the environment. We grow our data-driven analysis into impact by building trusted partnerships with public, private, and civil society stakeholders and engaging with audiences around the globe. In doing so, we create unified, systemic responses to illicit networks and the underlying drivers of conflict, instability, environmental crime, and human rights abuses around the world.