Security Serious Unsung Heroes Award Winners Announced

Security Serious Unsung Heroes Award Winners Announced

On Tuesday October 3 2017 St. Bart’s Brewery, London, played host to the 2nd annual Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards, an evening that celebrates individuals or teams that have consistently demonstrated their dedication to the IT security industry. Each category had several nominees, with Infosecurity Magazine’s deputy editor Michael Hill and contributing editor Dan Raywood both shortlisted in the category of Cyber Writer.

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 Clive Room, chair of the White Hat Ball Committee, who added his usual sense of fun and entertainment to the night.

Awards were given to security veterans and newcomers alike, and there was a special award for the late Stephanie Daman, former CEO of Cyber Security Challenge UK – a friend of many in attendance and a true security leader.

“For those working in information security, it can often be a thankless task; and we as an industry have historically been better at giving recognition to technology vendors,” said lead organizer of Security Serious Week, Yvonne Eskenzi and co-founder of Eskenzi PR. “These awards are completely different and are all about unearthing new talent and rewarding the professionals who make it all come together behind the scenes and keep UK private and public sectors safe from cyber threats. It was all made possible by our wonderful sponsors, so we could throw the best party at no charge to enter or attend the awards.”

The full list if winners included:


Winner: National Crime Agency, Cyber Prevent Team

Awareness Campaign

Winner: Aviva Global Security Awareness Team

Runner-up: Royal Mail Information Security and Risk Team

Rising Star

Winner: Audrey Budryte, John Lewis Partnership

Runner-up: Thomas Seidling, CyberSmart

Security Leader

Winner: Nick Coleman, IBM

Runner-up: Stephanie Daman, Cyber Security Challenge UK


Winner: Tania Brooks, Inscape House School

Captain Compliance

Winner: Rowenna Fielding, Protecture Ltd

Cyber Writer

Winner: Rene Millman, freelance

Runner-up: Bennett Arron, TV writer/comedian

CISO Supremo – Finance

Winner David King, Legal & General

Runner-Up: Matt Johnson, Visa

CISO Supremo – CNI

Winner: Ray Stanton, National Grid

CISO Supremo – Media & Entertainment

Winner: Brian Brackenborough, Channel 4

CISO Supremo – Manufacturing

Winner: Spencer Summons, Tullow Oil

CISO Supremo – Telecoms

Winner: Nick Ryce, Commsworld

CISO Supremo – Charity

Winner: Martyn Croft, The Salvation Army

Runner-up: Gabe Chomic, Information Systems Security Association

CISO Supremo – Retail

Winner: Steve Wright, John Lewis

Fraud Fighter

Winner: Sean O’Neil, Bedfordshire Police


Winner: Prof. Edward Humphreys, father of ISO 27001

Runner up: Pauline Neville-Jones

Source: Information Security Magazine