Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards – Saving your company’s bacon

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 forth 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.

Nominations have now closed!


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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SecDevOps Trailblazer

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

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Best Cyber Security Sales Leader

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

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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.

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The judges will consist of industry drawn professionals, including Duncan Brown from IDC, Adrian Davis 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).  

Here is shortlist for Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards 2018:


Apprentice/Rising Star

Alessandro di Pinto, Nozomi Networks

Chris Doman, AlienVault

Katie Burnell, Dtex Systems

Kirtikumar Anandrao Ramchandani, independent security researcher

Millie Coombes, Plymouth University

Samantha Beaumont, Synopsys

Younes Dragoni, Nozomi Networks


Best Cyber Security Sales Leader

Abbas Rehemtulla, Distil Networks

Andrew Clarke, One Identity

Andre Stewart, Netskope

Bob Pearson, Phantom Cyber/Splunk

Chris Morgan, Centrify

Crayson Jenkins, ObserveIT

Gbemi Oladipo, Cybanetix

Hassan van de Riet, Simility

Justin Shaw-Gray, Synack

Marjorie Janiewicz, HackerOne

Mark Coates, Dtex Systems

Richard Dickinson

Richard Latimer, JamCrackers

Sam Gillon, Immersive Labs

Steve McDonald, Synopsys

Steve Mullan, ILEX


Best Educator

Bennett Arron

Derek Knight,

Doug Tygar, UC Berkeley

Holly Williams, Claranet

Prof Natalie Coull, Abertay

Prof Carlos Cid, Royal Holloway University


Best Ethical Hacker/Pentester

Alagu Raman, Synopsys


Craig Young, Tripwire

Dale Pearson, Barclays

Damon Rands, Wolfberry

Gemma Moore, Cyberis

Jenny Radcliffe

Ken Munro, Pen Test Partners

Kirtikumar Anandrao Ramchandani

Mark Litchfield

Steven Ryan


Best Security Awareness Campaign

CyberFirst, NCSC

“Security in the Digital World”, Graham Day

Nicola Whiting

Layer8 bespoke security awareness packages

2017 Cyberattack Storm Aftermath, SolarWinds/Ponemon Institute

John Lewis Partnership, Victoria Guilloit

Cyberscene – Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust/Kidscape/Pureland Foundation

Institution of Civil Engineers – “Shaping a digital world”


Captain Compliance

Carole Embling, BMJ Publishing Group

Elaine Luck, CREST

George Gerchow, Sumo Logic

Glen Harding, Bloomberg LP

Kerry Beynon, Acuity Legal

Phil Odence, Black Duck by Synopsys

Simon Onyons, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jacqui Taylor, Flying Binary


CISO Supremo

Andrew Sands, BBC

Denis Onuoha, Arqiva

Derek Cheng, TalkTalk

James Thornton, Chubb

Lee Barney, Net A Porter

Michael Brown, Call Credit

Neil Jarvis, Aston Martin Lagonda

Nick Nagle, Conde Nast

Paul Jay, Meggitt PLC

Buck Rogers, Bank of England

Risto Siilasmaa, F-Secure

Sarb Sembhi, Virtually Informed

Thom Langford, Publicis Groupe

Thomas Mullen, Telefonica UK


Cyber Writer

Bob Covello (x4)

Danny Palmer, ZDnet

Fred Bals, Synopsys

Gordon Smith, SecurityWatch

Graham Day, Author

Holly Williams, Claranet

Javvad Malik, AlienVault

Jonathan Stock, IntaPeople

Kevin Beaumont

Kevin Whelan, ITC Secure

Lyndsay Barrett Turley

Tony Morbin, SC Magazine

Vince Warrington, Protective Intelligence


Data Guardian

Gary Eller, Publicis Groupe

James Arden, TalkTalk

Sarah Clarke, Infospectives

Steve Wright, John Lewis

Toyin Adelakun, Trusthaus


Fraud Fighter

Annabell Vaughan, Coffin Mew

Helen Williams, TITAN

James Hollis, Gigamon

Jennie Williams, TITAN

Joanne Goodall, NCA

Martin Sampson, Endace

Richard De Vere, The Anti-Social Engineer


Godfather/Godmother of Security

Adrian Davis

Amanda Finch, IISP

Charlie McMurdie, PwC

David Emm, Kaspersky

Ed Macnair, CensorNet

Gary McGraw, Synopsys

Ian Glover, CREST

Kevin Breen, Immersive Labs

Mark Raeburn, Context Information Security

Paul Vlissidis, NCC Group plc

Pete Wood, First Base/ Falanx

Philippe Courtot, Qualys

Tim Brown, SolarWinds MSP


SecDevOps Trailblazer

Allan Yung, Immersive Labs

Meera Rao, Synopsys

Twisted Fish


Security Avengers

City of London Crime Prevention Association

CyberInt Security Team

Jonny Milliken and Team, Alert Logic

The Paranoids (Oath)


Security Leader/Mentor

Al Redrup, One Advanced

Amanda Finch, IISP

Dale Person, Barclays

Emma Philpott, IASME Consortium Ltd

Eyal Benishti, Ironscales

Graham Day, Author Security in the Digital World

James Hadley, Immersive Labs

James Willison, Unified Security Ltd

Jitender Arora, Deloitte

Nicola Whiting, Titania

Patrick Hunter, One Identity

Steve Wright, John Lewis