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Annual Security Serious Awards nominations announced

The Annual Security Serious Awards are held annually to recognize professionals and organizations that are doing everything to protect and improve cybersecurity, as well as those who are committed to diversity and mental health in the industry.

Organizers of the Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards have announced the security professionals and members selected for the 2023 edition of the annual ceremony, which recognizes cyber experts, educators, speakers and leaders working to make The company is not only safe, but also more. separately.

Supporting companies include training specialist KnowBe4, cyber intelligence platform Decipher Cyber, security market and leading company Bora, and The Zensory, developers of intuitive mobile apps for security professionals, which will – this is the eighth time the award will be given.

“With recent advances in technology, it is easy to forget that ultimately, in any company, people are at the heart of the business. The cybersecurity community is full of people who are passionate about protecting their businesses and the public from the dangers of cybercrime,” said Yvonne Eskenzi, co-founder and chief organizer of the Eskenzi PR Awards.

“And just as important, there are those who improve society from within by improving diversity and inclusion or who advocate for the mental health and well-being of colleagues. The Unsung Heroes of Security Awards are a great way for us to give back and celebrate the cybersecurity community.

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A group of security experts, including Jenny Radcliffe, a renowned security educator, author and social engineer and Holly Foxcroft, who leads neurodiversity and cybersecurity research and consultancy at Stott & May, was personally recognized as a Winner 2022 Diversity, and KnowBe4, a leading security awareness campaigner and part-time movie star, Javad Malik.

The awards span 12 categories, and the nominees in each are:

Godfather/Godmother of Security

Tarnveer Singh – CISO, The Exeter
Ian Glover – former president of CREST
Nikki Webb – global channel manager, Custodian360
Mike Gillespie – managing director, Advent IM
Dominic Grunden – co-founder, Co-CEO, and CSO at SecurME.AI
Adam McElroy – group head of cyber risk, Bank of Ireland
Shan Lee – CISO, DocPlanner
Alan Calder – founder and executive chairman, IT Governance Ltd

Cyber Writer

Michael Hill – UK editor, CSO Online
Olivia Powell – editor-in-chief, Cyber Security Hub
Craig Fretwell – blogger and YouTuber
Kevin Poireault – news reporter, Infosecurity Magazine
Anastasios Arampatzis – cyber security content writer, Bora
Eleanor Dallaway – editor, Assured Intelligence
Kate O’Flaherty – freelance cyber security writer

Data Guardian

Tarnveer Singh – CISO, The Exeter
Anne Hinchcliffe – compliance and information security consultant
Alex Shelley – cyber technology manager, OWASP
Ayan Mohamed – founder, Digitech Oasis

CISO Supremo

Tarnveer Singh – CISO, The Exeter
Heather Lowrie – CISO, University of Manchester
Dominic Grunden – co-founder, co-CEO, and CSO at SecurME.AI
Adam McElroy – group head of cyber risk, Bank of Ireland
Shan Lee – CISO, DocPlanner
Rob Bainbridge – CISO, Woolworths SA
Jon France – CISO, ISC2
Ian Brown – CISO, Spectris

Security Avengers

SOC Team, DigitalXRAID
Salt Communications team
PureCyber Team
National Crime Agency

Best Educator

Natasha Harley – founder, Cyber Talent Partners
Bennett Arron – writer, comedian and speaker
Professor Alison Wakefield – University of West London
Professor Madeline Carr – UCL
James Bore – director, Bores Group and tutor at CAPSLOCK
Professor Daniel Dresner – University of Manchester

Best Ethical Hacker/Pentester

Niall Buckley – penetration tester, DigitalXRAID
Ben Edwards – penetration tester, DigitalXRAID
Matt Lorentzen – principal consultant, Cyberis

Security Leader/Mentor

Tarnveer Singh – CISO, The Exeter
Nikki Webb – global channel manager, Custodian360
Dominic Grunden – co-founder, co-CEO, and CSO at SecurME.AI
Adam McElroy – group head of cyber risk, Bank of Ireland
Alex Shelley – cyber technology manager, OWASP
Lisa Ventura – founder, Cyber Security Unity
Callum Bryant – head of security testing, DigitalXRAID
Joe Boyle – CEO Salt Communications
Martin Price – cyber lead, NHS
Lianne Potter – head of security operations, Asda
Stuart Coulson – cyber security ecosystem project manager, University of Manchester
Damon Rands – founder and CEO at PureCyber
Lemuel Valdez – manager, KPMG

Wellbeing Advocate

Nikki Webb – global channel manager, Custodian360
Alex Shelley – cyber technology manager, OWASP
Andra Zaharia – creator, Cyber Empathy Podcast
Qasim Armstrong – senior penetration tester, PureCyber
Zoe Rose – regional information security team lead, Canon Europe

Security Awareness Campaign

Bank of Ireland
CyberGuardian
Spectris
SenseOn and BooHoo

Diversity Champion

Lisa Ventura – founder, Cyber Security Unity
Nikki Webb – global channel manager, Custodian360
Andra Zaharia – creator, Cyber Empathy Podcast
Rebecca Taylor – threat intelligence knowledge manager for the Counter Threat Unit, Secureworks
Sophie Powell – co-founder, CyberWomen Groups
Alice Conibere – junior security researcher, Secure Impact
Eleanor Dallaway – founder, Assured Intelligence

Apprentice/Rising Star

Kieran Baumann – penetration yester, DigitalXRAID
Elise Ghent – president of CyberWomen@Warwick
Hedvig Mareng – president of CyberWomen@Coventry
Ruta Baltiejute – DevSecOps lead, Asda
Ross Mitchell – consultant, Cyberis
Alice Conibere – junior security researcher, Secure Impact
Zöe Langmead-Jones – communications and engagement coordinator for digital futures, University of Manchester
Ayan Mohamed – founder, Digitech Oasis
The winners will be announced at an event in London on the evening of 18 October, midway through Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Previous winners:

The seventh annual Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards recognise those trying to improve diversity and mental health in cyber for the first time.

Sixth annual Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards honours former Royal Corps of Signals colonel and infosec pioneer John Doody.

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