Security Serious' Unsung Heroes Awards Winners Announced

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The ‘Unsung Heroes’ of cybersecurity were acknowledged at an awards event in London last night, as part of Security Serious week.

Organized by Eskenzi PR, Smile on Fridays and IT Security Guru, the third edition of the annual awards were given to those individuals and teams working to protect the UK from cybercrime, and to raise awareness of security issues.

Saying that the intention was to recognize people for the efforts that they make, Security Serious week lead organizer Yvonne Eskenzi said that there is a tendency to focus on technology and innovation as a solution. “The cyber-skills gap is a huge issue for this country and an event like this really shows off what a great industry it is to be a part of and the wonderful people that make it.
The winners were as follows:
Apprentice/Rising Star  
Winner: Millie Coombes, Plymouth University   
Best Cyber Security Sales Leader  
Winner: Mark Coates, Dtex Systems   
Best Educator  
Winner: Prof Natalie Coull, Abertay University  
Best Ethical Hacker/Pentester  
Winner: Gemma Moore, Cyberis   
Best Security Awareness Campaign  
Winner: Cyberscene – Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust/Kidscape/Pureland Foundation  
Captain Compliance  
Winner: Simon Onyons, Bank of America Merrill Lynch  
CISO Supremo  
Winner: Andrew Sands, BBC  
Winner: Denis Onuoha, Arqiva  
Winner: Lee Barney, Net A Porter  
Cyber Writer  
Winner: Danny Palmer, ZDnet  
Data Guardian  
Winner: James Arden, TalkTalk   
Fraud Fighter  
Winner: Helen Williams, TITAN  
Winner: Jennie Williams, TITAN  
Godfather/Godmother of Security  
Winner: Ian Glover, CREST  
SecDevOps Trailblazer  
Winner: Meera Rao, Synopsys 
Winner: Allan Yung, Immersive Labs 
Security Avengers  
Winner: The Paranoids (Oath)  
Security Leader/Mentor 
Winner: Nicola Whiting, Titania

Ian Glover, president of CREST, said: "I really like this event particularly as the people who received an award were genuinely surprised and pleased. The aim of recognizing people that do not have significant budgets or large teams is really important. There are many people that go beyond their normal day jobs to support and develop the industry. To have a platform for them to be publicly thanked is quite unique.”

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