Security Serious Unsung Heroes 2022

Nominations are now open for the seventh edition Unsung Heroes of Security Award. Whether it’s educating the public, fighting cybercrime on the front lines, or mentoring a newcomer, these awards backed by the IT security guru are a chance to recognize people who make greatness of the industry and keep us safe online. Among other long-standing categories, this year’s awards will also recognize those who go above and beyond to promote greater diversity and inclusion (Beazley Sponsored Diversity Champion), as well as ensuring the well-being of colleagues/peers (Cybersecurity Wellbeing Advocate sponsored by The Zensory).

“Improving diversity and inclusion within the cyber industry is a key goal for us at Beazley. We are very excited to be part of the Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards and to introduce and sponsor the new category of Diversity Champion. We are thrilled to celebrate the incredibly passionate people who work hard to ensure that their organizations and the cyber industry as a whole recruit, retain and develop talented people from all walks of life, and ensure that these people are included, celebrated. and respected in their organizations”, said Paul Bantick, cyber risk group leader at Beazley.

Javvad Malik, Leading Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4, said of the event: “A crucial step in the fight against cybercrime is awareness of existing threats and how best to manage them. In a world where people receive information from left, right and center, it can be difficult to ensure that security awareness messages stick. We look forward to hearing about all the creative campaigns the teams have come up with to educate employees and the general public. »

The public is invited to nominate themselves or a friend/colleague who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, explaining why they deserve the award in a simple submission of no more than 500 words. Applications will remain open until 5 p.m. on the 16the from September 2022, before wrapping up for consideration by an esteemed panel of judges. This includes award-winning cybersecurity journalist, Oliver Pickup, world-renowned social engineer, Jenny Radcliffe, and Comparitech cybersecurity specialist, Brian Higgins. The nominees and their guests are then invited to a celebratory evening organized on the 12e of october at St Barts Brewery to coincide with Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Sponsors include KPMG, Qualys, KnowBe4, Beazley and Zensorywhich make all Unsung Heroes awards free to enter and participate, which sets it apart from other awards in the industry.

“We have been a strong supporter of the Security Serious Unsung Heroes awards for a few years now. Most industry awards operate on a payment basis or highlight the merits of a product/service. This award, on the other hand, celebrates the people who are at the heart of the industry. There is no better reason for an award! said Paul Baird, CTSO EMEA at Qualys.

Categories this year include:

  • Cyber-writer
  • Godfather of Safety
  • Data Custodian
  • CISO Supremo (sponsored by Qualys)
  • security avengers
  • Best Educator
  • Best ethical hacker/pentester
  • Apprentice/Rising Star
  • Safety Manager/Mentor
  • Best Safety Awareness Campaign (Sponsored by KnowBe4)
  • *NEW* Diversity Champion (sponsored by Beazley)
  • * NEW Cybersecurity Wellness Advocate (sponsored by The Zensory)

“Cybersecurity is fundamentally about people. Luckily for us, the industry is full of amazing individuals who work hard to protect organizations and the general public from cyber threats; likewise, there are those who improve the community from within by improving diversity, inclusion and the mental health and well-being of their peers,” said Yvonne Eskenzi, co-founder and director at Eskenzi PR. “The Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards are very important to us because it’s our way of giving back to the people who do so much for us!”

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