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Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards

12th October 2021


Now in its sixth year, the Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards recognises the UK’s “Unsung Heroes in Cybersecurity”.

Have you, a friend or colleague gone above the call of duty when it comes to protecting your organisation from cyber threats? Then come apply and get the recognition you or they deserve! This is your chance to shine with a winning trophy that recognises all the hard work and dedication that goes into being a true cybersecurity professional.




Nominations are now CLOSED!


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


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. 


Data has quickly become one of the most sought-after commodities. This award goes to the person who is always looking out for the interests of the everyday individual; making sure that customer and employee data are protected from prying eyes and their privacy is preserved. 

  • Ando Roots
  • Andy Gill
  • Kate O’Flaherty
  • Bennett Arron
  • Claudia Whiteside
  • Edvardas Mikalauskas
  • Joe Tidy
  • Charlie Osborne
  • John Dunn

WINNER: Andy Gill

  • Colonel John Doody
  • Rob Newby
  • Dominic Grunden
  • Jenny Radcliffe
  • Vicki Gavin
  • Martin Smith

WINNER: Colonel John Doody

  • Emily Overton
  • Niamh Muldoon

WINNER: Emily Overton


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. 


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


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. 

  • Ed Tucker
  • Rob Newby
  • Dominic Grunden
  • Shan Lee
  • Geordie Stewart
  • Dexter Casey
  • Alison Dyer

WINNER: Alison Dyer

  • Joe Boyle – Salt Communications
  • Roha Raheel – Sainsburys
  • CyberNews Research Team


WINNER: CyberNews Research Team

  • Emma Barrett
  • Jackie Riley
  • Lorna Armitage and Andrea Cullen
  • Martin Smith
  • Professor Debi Ashenden
  • Professor David Pym

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lorna Armitage and Andrea Cullen

WINNER: Jackie Riley


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.



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 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. 

  • Andy Gill
  • Jenny Radcliffe
  • Chris Doman
  • Dale Pavey & Guy Morley

WINNER: Dale Pavey & Guy Morley

  • Abhishek Mitra
  • Dale Fernandez
  • Daniel Dodds
  • Alyssa Adam
  • Jenny Codes


WINNER: Jenny Codes

  • Ed Tucker
  • Stuart Coulson
  • Rob Newby
  • Joe Boyle
  • Lisa Ventura
  • Abhishek Mitra
  • Marilise de Villiers

WINNER: Marilise de Villiers


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. 

  • Lionfish Cyber Security
  • RansomAware, Talion
  • Roha Raheel, Sainsburys
  • Bennett Arron, OCS Group
  • Dale Pavey and Guy Morley, NCC Group IoT campaign
  • The Workshop
  • Jenny Radcliffe
  • Ian Murphy
  • Bupa Information Security Communications and Awareness Team working with Resonate Communications

WINNER: RansomAware, Talion

Unsung Heroes Awards 2020 - WINNERS

  • Apprentice/ Rising Star​ – Ben Chater & Madeline Howard (Highly Commended)
  • Best Educator – Toni Scullion
  • Best Ethical Hacker/Pen Tester – James Mullen
  • Captain Compliance – Ian Bernhardt
  • Best Security Awareness Campaign – Cygenta for CV-19
  • Data Guardian – Dominic Hartley 
  • Security Avengers – Chani Simms and the SHe CISO Bootcamp Team
  • Cyber WriterDavey Winder & Raef Meeuwisse (Highly Commended)
  • Security Leader/Mentor – David Chan
  • CISO Supremo – Emma Leith
  • Godparent of Security – Pat Ryan
  • DevSecOps Trailblazer – Didar Gelici
  • Covid Hero – Lisa Forte


A glance at the Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards


There are many other ‘Security Awards’ evenings in London, most of which take themselves far too seriously. Security Serious (ironically) gets the mix right – recognising those who make a valuable contribution to our work, our professional community and our society but, for a variety of reasons, don’t seem to get selected for other awards.

Gerry O’NeillSecurity and Assurance Advisor Director at Inforisca Services

Not only was it a great honour to be invited to Judge the Unsung Heroes Awards for Eskenzi this year, but it was also purely awesome to see so many truly unsung heroes receive their well-deserved accolades at the ceremony. From engineers to theatre companies, I can’t think of another infosec event that truly celebrates the incredible diversity of Cyber talent in our professional community. I’d hate to be working at Eskenzi right now. They have to top it all next year!!!!!

Brian HigginsSecurity Specialist at Comparitech.com

I think it’s really important to support these kinds of efforts. Unsung Heroes Awards recognizes the real people in information security, not just the ones you see in the magazines every single time. Not just the ones who get put on the news whenever there’s an incident, but the ones who maybe don’t have the time to do that because they are soldiering away in the background to make the world a safer place. And that’s why your awards have credibility.

Quentyn TaylorDirector of Information Security EMEA for Canon Europe

Great venue and event management. The awards were a great event to experience.

Nikhilesh SharmaPublicis Groupe

The event was a great networking opportunity and the awards are a superb way of recognising the hard work that those on the ground are doing in this industry. It is important to have these kinds of awards to inspire others and to continue working towards our wider goal of a bigger, more diverse cyber industry.

Stuart CoulsonBusiness Engagement Manager for Cyber Security Challenge UK

It’s great to see the industry come together in a social and friendly environment, and just have some FUN!

Dan RaywoodInfosecurity Magazine

The event was well-attended, with winners receiving trophies in addition to superhero capes and masks...Adding much-needed levity to such events that can often end up taking themselves a bit too seriously (no pun intended).

Javvad MalikSecurity Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4

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If you are interested in taking part as a sponsor or have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Bethany Smith – beth@eskenzipr.com