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Masks Lifted on UK’s Cyber Security Unsung Heroes

Masks Lifted on UK’s Cyber Security Unsung Heroes

The Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards took place Tuesday night at St Bart’s Brewery in London and honoured those who work tirelessly to avert disasters from attacks against our critical national infrastructure, defend their networks from the daily onslaught of breaches and highlight the cyber pitfalls to educate everyone.

The list of winners is below:

  • CISO Supremo (sponsored by Varonis)
  • Mark Jones, Allen & Overy
  • Avtar Sehmbi, HSBC
  • Dr Robert Coles, GSK
  • Thom Langford, Publicis Groupe
  • Andrew Rose, NATS
  • Godfather of Security (sponsored by GSK)
  • Brian Shorten, Charities Security Forum
  • Professor Fred Piper, Royal Holloway University
  • Security Avengers (sponsored by Lastline)
  • Publicis Groupe Team
  • Best Security Awareness Campaign (sponsored by Publicis Groupe)
  • Amar Singh, GiveADay
  • Social Media Saviour (sponsored by Proofpoint)
  • Katie Sanderson, Lockcode Cyber Security
  • Mobile Mogul
  • Charles Brookson, Azenby
  • Security Leader (sponsored by Acumin)
  • Quentyn Taylor, Canon
  • Cloud Security Superhero (sponsored by Mimecast)
  • Andrew Hardie, BCS
  • Fraud Fighter (sponsored by Imperva)
  • Luis Aguair, Metro Bank
  • Game Changer (Sponsored by CrowdStrike)
  • Hugh Boyes, IET Cyber Security
  • Marathon (Wo)Man (sponsored by Eskenzi PR)
  • Vicki Gavin, Economist Group
  • Spidey Sense (Sponsored by AlienVault)
  • Professor John Walker, HEX Forensics
  • Captain Compliance (Sponsored by Netskope)
  • Eddie Dynes, Gatwick Airport
  • Cyber Writer (Sponsored by Smile on Fridays)
  • Warwick Ashford, Computer Weekly

The free event was a chance for the UK security industry to get together, network and enjoy a short awards ceremony compered by the immensely witty and humorous Clive Room, Chair of the White Hat Ball Committee.

Lead organiser of Security Serious Week, Yvonne Eskenzi, Director of Eskenzi PR said:  “The daily headlines of hacks and breaches emphasises the challenges the UK and the rest of the world face – but that doesn’t mean we should roll over. The Unsung Heroes Awards means professionals from the private and public sectors, plus media and bloggers, will finally gain the recognition they deserve. Hopefully, these individuals will act as ambassadors for the profession, encouraging any promising hackers to join the good fight rather than be lured over to the dark side.”

David Peach of the Economist Group described the evening as “A really fun event to celebrate the UK security community” while Martyn Croft from the Salvation Army called it “The best unknown awards in the world.”

The Unsung Heroes Awards are part of Security Serious Week, a week long campaign that aims to arm individuals and organisations with the intelligence and capabilities to thwart attacks. You can still take part by registering for a number of free webinars going on throughout the week.

To register interest for next year’s Unsung Heroes Awards or Security Serious Week, please contact: Beth Smith, Eskenzi PR, beth@eskenzipr.com or phone 02071832843.

About Dean Alvarez

Dean is Features Editor at IT Security Guru. Aside from cyber security and all things tech, Dean's interests include wine tasting, roller blading and playing the oboe in his Christian rock band, Noughts & Crosses.

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