Nominations close soon for annual Cyber ​​Awards

There is just one day left for the security community to submit their nominations for the annual Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards, which close Friday, September 16 at 5 p.m.

This is the seventh annual Unsung Heroes Awards, organized by Eskenzi PR, a specialist provider of public relations services for e-businesses, and in addition to the established categories, the organizers will this year recognize champions of diversity and welfare. – be for the first time.

“Cybersecurity is fundamentally about people. Luckily for us, the industry is full of amazing individuals who work hard to protect organizations and the general public from cyber threats; likewise, there are those who improve the community from within by improving diversity, inclusion and the mental health and well-being of their peers,” said Yvonne Eskenzi, co-founder and director of Eskenzi PR. .

“The Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards are very important to us because it’s our way of giving back to the people who do so much for us.”

Anyone can nominate themselves or a friend or colleague in cyber who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, explaining why they should be recognized in a submission no longer than 500 words .

Entries will be reviewed and judged by a panel including renowned social engineering expert Jenny Radcliffe and cybersecurity specialist Brian Higgins of Comparitech, a frequent commentator on security issues, before an awards ceremony at St Barts. Brewery in London on October 12, 2022.

This year’s categories include: Cyber ​​Writer, Godparent of Security, Data Guardian, CISO Supremo, Security Avengers, Best Educator, Best Ethical Hacker/Pentester, Apprentice/Rising Star, Security Leader/Mentor, Best Security Awareness Campaign, Diversity Champion and Cyber ​​Security Wellness Advocate.

The Diversity Award is sponsored by Beazley, a specialist insurance service provider. Paul Bantick, Beazley Group Head of Cyber ​​Risk, said: “Improving diversity and inclusion within the cyber industry is a key objective for us at Beazley. We are very excited to be part of the Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards and to introduce and sponsor the new category of Diversity Champion.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the incredibly passionate people who work hard to ensure that their organizations and the cyber industry as a whole recruit, retain and develop talented people from all walks of life, and ensure that these people are included, celebrated and respected in their organizations. ”

The latest Cyber ​​Security Wellbeing Advocate award is sponsored by The Zensory, a newly launched app designed to address the wellbeing of cyberpros using sensory stimulation and multi-sensory techniques such as binaural beats, music, touch and speech. breathing.

Zensory founder Jasmine Eskenzi, who developed the app during the Covid-19 shutdowns, said: “With the continued rise in cyber threats, many cybersecurity professionals are dealing with the pressures and stresses that come with them. relate to it.

“It’s not easy work, and often thankless. Now more than ever, it is important that we take care of the mental health and well-being of those on the front lines to protect us online. »

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