New UK award hunts for cybersecurity's best – 'it’s about people not products'

Cybersecurity vendors and their products get awards for outstanding achievement and design but it remains a strange anomaly that the humans designing or using these systems in anger are often forgotten or ignored.

Now a new free-to-enter awards event called Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards hopes it can put the emphasis back on individuals, especially those who might have “saved their organisation’s bacon” and yet gone unrecognised for that beyond its walls.

Due to be judged in the first week of October, Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards is taking nominations on its site until July which means that there is still time to submit names of individuals who might fit the bill in one of more of these categories.

The industry maven who came up with the idea, well-known PR figure Yvonne Eskenzi, explained the philosophy behind an awards event dedicated to people rather than technology.

“The awards are designed to give the unsung heroes in IT security the recognition that they deserve for going above and beyond the call of duty and saving their organisations from the likes of hackers, malware and virus infections,” she said during the launch last month.

“After twenty years in the industry, we’ve noticed that awards in our sector tend to focus on technology, which is all well and good, but we also know that getting these technologies to work as they’re supposed to and getting the word out about cyber security threats is just as important – and that takes a person or team to make it happen successfully.”

The categories for the awards are CISO Supremo (sponsored by Varonis), Godfather of Security (sponsored by GSK), Security Avengers (sponsored by Lastline), Best Security Awareness Campaign (sponsored by Publicis Groupe), Social Media Saviour (sponsored by Proofpoint), Mobile Mogul (sponsored by whiteCryption), Security Leader (sponsored by Acumin), Cloud Security Superhero (sponsored by Mimecast), Fraud Fighter (sponsored by Imperva), Game Changer (Sponsored by CrowdStrike), Marathon (Wo)Man (sponsored by Eskenzi PR), Spidey Sense (Sponsored by AlienVault), Captain Compliance (Sponsored by Netskope), and Cyber Cypher – best security writer.

The event will run between October 3 and October 7 and will also include 50 free webinars “hosted by cyber-security experts to encourage others to become more security savvy” as well as a day event on 3 October run in conjunction with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

An inaugural Security Serious week was held in October 2015 although without the awards element. The awards winners will be announced on October 6.

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