Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards – giving back to the cybersecurity community

Do you know an individual or team that deserves recognition for going over and above the call of duty when it comes to protecting their organisations from cyber threats? Maybe they have saved the day from a cyber attack or malware infection or rescued the organisation from ransomware? Did they implement a cyber risk awareness campaign that made a difference to the office culture when it comes to phishing; or are they simply a great advocate when it comes to security best practices?

Maybe that person is you? Well, we believe it’s high time these unsung heroes get some credit! The fourth annual Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards will be given to individuals or teams that have consistently demonstrated their dedication to IT security, often saving the bacon for the organisations that they work for.



Fraud Fighter

You don’t have to tell this person that customer data is some of the most important data held within an organisation. The Fraud Fighter winner will have implemented a procedure within the organisation to help keep data safe, avert or detect fraud.

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Captain Compliance

This award will go to the person who has mastered legal jargon around compliance - and possibly the challenges of doing so in the Cloud - and has taken bold steps to ensure data protection, working tirelessly to comply with the vast array of regulations that affect their industry sector.

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Godfather/Godmother of Security

This award will go to someone who has been around the block and back and contributed greatly to the IT Security industry for more than 25 years.

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Cyber Writer

This award will go to the IT security writer who is completely on the ball and understands cyber security, demonstrating this through thought-provoking, well-written articles and interviews that help educate and inform his/her audience.

Security Avengers

Security is not a one man job so this award will recognise the best IT security team and how it averted a security disaster or persevered in the fight to keep the organisations safe from cyber threats.

Best Security Awareness Campaign

In order to increase education on cyber threats and digital behaviours within the workplace, Security Awareness campaigns are often a vital part of getting the message out. This award will honour the campaign and the individuals who organised the campaign.

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Security Leader/Mentor

The winner of this award will be someone in industry who leads a team or mentors individuals, taking the time to show them the ropes and ensure those coming through the ranks are prepared for the future.

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Apprentice/Rising Star

Our future cyber welfare depends largely on these rising stars. Whether in formal education, under employment or doing extraordinary research of their own, the winner of this category will show great promise with his/her technical or practical ability. The winner of this award will also be automatically entered in the ISC² ISLAs for Up-and-Coming Security Professional.

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Best Educator

This award will go to a professor, lecturer or teacher who leads by example to inspire and motivate the next generation of cyber security professionals.

Best Ethical Hacker/Pen-Tester

This award will go to the person who understands and knows how to look for weaknesses in security systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate manner.

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Data Guardian

The winner of this award will be someone in the industry who goes the extra mile to ensure company’s sensitive data remains protected regardless of where it’s stored.

SecDevOps Trailblazer

This award will celebrate the individual who has accomplished significant achievements when incorporating and adopting DevOps practices.

Best Cyber Security Sales Leader

This award will recognise the person who is cutting through the industry jargon and delivering what customers need.

CISO Supremo

CISOs play an important role in securing all aspects of the business and implementing programmes that increase the security posture of an organisation. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it – this award will recognise the best CISO, who falls under one of the following industries:  Retail, CNI, Manufacturing, Entertainment, Charity, Finance and Telecomms.

The judges will consist of industry drawn professionals, including Duncan Brown from IDC, Chris Green from (ISC)² and others to be determined who will review your entries and choose the most worthy winners – though you’re all heroes in our eyes!

When completing your nomination, please specify which category the nominee falls under and provide the nominee’s name, e-mail address and why you’re nominating them (up to 500 words).  

Last Year's winners