At a black tie gala dinner for 500 last night in the Marriott hotel Grosvenor Gardens, SC Media UK presented Awards to the talented and hard working individuals, teams, companies and organisations that, in the opinion of our independent judges - stood out this year as preeminent in their field.
Jane Frankand provided a thought-provoking introduction to the evening, both highlighting the problems of a lack of diversity in the industry, but the opportunities to close the skills gap that are offered by widening the industry's intake, then our host Ellie Taylor delivered an entertaining set that demonstrated what a broad minded (and even very broad minded) crowd we have in Cyber Security.
The full list of winners and their citations can been seen in our Book of the Night, here:
But special mentions should be made for our CISO of the Year - Andrew Rose, CISO at NATS - the UK's National Air Traffic Control Service, who, after 10 years a CISO, then went to become an analyst at Forrester, where he was able to discuss a wide range of organisations' strategic plans, before returning to be a CISO again and getting the chance to successful implement his own distillation of those plans.
And after its first year of operation, the Editor's choice award went to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) with the award picked up by director of operations, Paul 'Chich' Chichester - recognising the tremendous impact the organisation has had to coordinating UK response to cyber-threats, tackling two serious threats a day, cutting the time that phishing sites stay online from 27 hours to one, and generally playing a lead education, information and awareness role on cyber security, as the public face of GCHQ.
One other special mention, before you check out the vendors, is our first year of running a Student, or Students of the Year award, and it went to an excellent team from Royal Holloway, University of London (Team CDT - Georgia Crossland, Amy Ertan, Lydia Garms and Angela Heeler) in recognition of an earlier win at the Atlantic Council's UK Cyber 9/12 Policy Competition 2018. This competition entailed demonstrating, within a competitive environment, not just ability to identify, comprehend and manage appropriate response to a simulated cyber-attack, but also to be able to effectively communicate what was happening to non-specialist government decision makers - the Prime-Minister's advisors.
Once again, do check out the full list of thoroughly deserving winners here: