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2020/10/13 18:30:00

Unsung Heroes Awards

Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards – 13th October 2020

Now in its fifth 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 and 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. See below for the shortlist and winners 2020!


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. 

  • Geoff White
  • Kate O’Flaherty

  • Javvad Malik

  • Ian Murphy

  • Simon Grant

  • Alex Scroxton

  • Alex Lewis

Highly Commended:

  • Raef Meeuwisse


  • Davey Winder


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. 

  • Dominic Grunden
  • Jenny Radcliffe

  • Vinayak Ram

  • Rob May

  • Frank Satterwhite


  • Pat Ryan


This award will go to the person who has mastered legal jargon around compliance – and possibly the challenges of doing so in the Cloud – and has taken bold steps to ensure data protection, working tirelessly to comply with regulations to infinity and beyond. 

  • Paul Traill
  • Gary Hibberd


  • Ian Bernhardt


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. 

  • Dominic Grunden
  • Alan Osborne

  • Carl Baron

  • Kevin Fielder


  • Emma Leith


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. 

  • PGI IT Team
  • Didar Gelici

  • The AntiSocial Engineer Team

  • bluedog Security Monitoring SOC team

  • Alla Yurchenko


  • Chani Simms and the SHe CISO Bootcamp Team


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. 

  • Veracode’s State of Software Security Volume 10 – A decade of cybersecurity awareness
  • Beaming

  • Stay Safe Online

  • Alice Jones

  • Mohammed Maskati


  • Cygenta for CV-19


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. 

  • Lisa Ventura
  • Dr. Anil Lamba

  • Dean Kelshall

  • Chani Simms

  • Gavin Clegg

  • James Gosnold

  • F C

  • Tinesh Chhaya

  • Andrew Morris

  • Saggie Haim

  • Robert Coles

  • Oliver Rochford

  • Bonnie Smyre


  • David Chan


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. 

  • Simeon Quarrie
  • Ben Ellis

  • Numan Cheema

  • Toni MacKenzie and Clara O’Callaghan

  • Brooke Osborne

  • Abhishek Mitra


Highly Commended:

  • Madeline Howard


  • Ben Chater


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. 

  • Simeon Quarrie
  • Jake Moore

  • Emiliano De Cristofaro

  • Lisa Forte

  • Quentyn Taylor


  • Toni Scullion


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.

  • Joe Lovett
  • Damon Rands

  • Steven Knight

  • Quentyn Taylor
  • FC


  • James Mullen


Ensuring security is embedded in the development lifecycle of software, from start to finish, is pivotal in creating a more cyber secure world. This award will go to someone who is spearheading this initiative so that the creation of applications can continue to be dynamic, without sacrificing cybersecurity.

  • Kamal Sharma
  • Leron Zinatullin

  • Paul Farrington


  • Didar Gelici


Data has quickly become one of the most sought after commodities. This award will go 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.

  • Emily Overton
  • Bennett Arron


  • Dominic Hartley


We are facing unprecedented times. The recent pandemic has forced millions to work remotely and with that comes a new set of cyber threats and risks. This award goes to the individual who has been hard at work, helping us to transition into these new circumstances with ease.
  • Tarik Saleh


  • Lisa Forte

Unsung Heroes Awards 2019 - WINNERS

  • Apprentice/ Rising Star​ – Hamish McGowan (Channel 4)
  • Best EducatorBayside School Cyber Club (Supported by GVC Group)
  • Best Ethical HackerRob Hillier ​(XQ Cyber)
  • Captain ComplianceJonathan Armstrong (Cordery Compliance)
  • Best Security Awareness CampaignHost Unknown 

  • Security AvengersAscential
  • Cyber WriterDan Raywood​ (Infosecurity Magazine)
  • Security LeaderJoe Hancock
  • CISO SupremoQuentyn Taylor​ (Canon Europe)
  • Godparent of SecurityPaul Simmonds​ (Global Identity Foundation​)


A glance at Security Serious


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