Singing for the Unsung Heroes of IT Security

Security Serious Week is five days dedicated to helping UK businesses understand the importance of information security. It consists of a one-day conference, the unsung heroes awards, and over 50 webinars, amongst other activities.

AlienVault was a proud sponsor of the 2016 Unsung Heroes Award, and so I went along to check it out..

The Unsung Hero Awards are designed to give the unsung heroes in IT Security the recognition they deserve.

With 14 categories and a plethora of nominations, even the shortlist began to look rather long. 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).

I was there to capture all the glory of the event which turned out to be a great night.


The full list of winners is below.


  • CISO Supremo

–          Mark Jones, Allen & Overy

–          Avtar Sehmbi, HSBC

–          Dr Robert Coles, GSK

–          Thom Langford, Publicis Groupe

–          Andrew Rose, NATS

  • Godfather of Security

–          Brian Shorten, Charities Security Forum

–          Professor Fred Piper, Royal Holloway University

  • Security Avengers

–          Publicis Groupe Team

  • Best Security Awareness Campaign

–          Amar Singh, GiveADay

  • Social Media Saviour

–          Katie Sanderson, Lockcode Cyber Security

  • Mobile Mogul

–          Charles Brookson, Azenby

  • Security Leader

–          Quentyn Taylor, Canon

  • Cloud Security Superhero

–          Andrew Hardie, BCS

  • Fraud Fighter

–          Luis Aguair, Metro Bank

  • Game Changer

–          Hugh Boyes, IET Cyber Security

  • Marathon (Wo)Man

–          Vicki Gavin, Economist Group

  • Spidey Sense

–          Professor John Walker, HEX Forensics

  • Captain Compliance

–          Eddie Dynes, Gatwick Airport

  • Cyber Writer

–          Warwick Ashford, Computer Weekly