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May 9, 2016updated 05 Sep 2016 11:47am

Security Serious awards celebrate ‘Unsung Heroes’ of cyber security

News: Awards running in October are now open for entries.

By Vinod

An awards scheme called the Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards is launching that will recognise the best people in security.

The Unsung Heroes awards, which are now open for entries, will take place on Thursday 6 October during Security Serious Week.

The awards recognise the people in security rather than simply the products.

The categories are CISO Supremo, Godfather of Security, Security Avengers, Best Security Awareness Campaign, Social Media Saviour, Mobile Mogul, Security Leader, Cloud Security Superhero, Fraud Fighter, Game Changer, Marathon (Wo)Man, Spidey Sense and Captain Compliance.

The awards are sponsored by companies such as Varonis, GSK, CrowdStrike and Proofpoint.

Judges include Duncan Brown from IDC, Adrian Davis from (ISC)² and Ambrose McNevin, Editor-in-Chief at Computer Business Review.

"The awards are designed to give the "unsung heroes" in IT security the recognition that they deserve for (often) going above and beyond the call of duty and saving their organisations from the likes of hackers, malware and virus infections," said Yvonne Eskenzi, Director of Eskenzi PR.

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"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."

Security Serious week, run by Eskenzi PR, takes place between 3 October and 7 October and kicks with a conference at the Department for Media, Culture and Sport and a keynote speech from Ed Vaizey, Minister for the Digital Economy.

It will feature over 50 free webinars to boost cyber security awareness. The 45 webinars last year saw participation by over 2500 people.

Awareness of cyber security is becoming increasingly important, as the Government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey revealed on 8 May that two thirds of large businesses have experienced a breach in the last year.

Only around a third of all firms had formal written cyber security policies and only 10 percent had an incident management plan in place.

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