Celebrating the best and brightest in cybersecurity

Entry Deadline

Wednesday, October 25 2017

Deadline Countdown


The SC Awards 2018 are open for submissions. This is your chance to put your best work forward and to be honored for the achievements of your company or your people striving to safeguard businesses, your customers and critical data in North America.

Every submission is judged by an independent panel of seasoned industry experts, whose dedication, expertise and authority ensures that we recognize the most deserving work.

There is also no greater excitement than receiving an SC Award. As always, the identities of the winners will be withheld until our spectacular event on April 17 2018, in San Fransisco. 

Enter today and join us in celebrating the best and brightest in cybersecurity. 

New Categories in 2018: Best Deception Technology and Cybersecurity Student of the Year

Entry Info

Entry Info

The SC Awards 2018 is open to all information security vendors, service providers and professionals. Vendors and service providers that offer a product and/or service for commercial, government, educational, nonprofit or other industries can enter the Trust and Excellence categories, which relate to products, services and/or information security companies. Entrants should be executing work in North America. 

Information security professionals from end-user companies - not vendors or service providers can enter into the Professional Awards categories, which honor teams and individual CSOs/CISOs working in North America. Again, this means NO vendors or service providers that sell IT security-related products or services to private and public organizations qualify for these categories and SHOULD NOT ENTER. If vendors or service providers do enter they will be disqualified after editorial review of entrants in these categories and will receive no refund of related entry fees. It is acceptable and, indeed, encouraged for vendors and service providers to nominate their thought-leading customers. After all, the Professional categories have been created to honor the accomplishments of their end-user customers. Other Professional categories relate to both professional certification providers and those professional advancement companies that offer training on various information security issues to end-user companies. These, too, should be based in North America. 

For category details please click here to download the entry kit.

Entry Requirements

1. Each category requires that you answer a set of questions in order to qualify your nomination. Please see each category for the full list of qualifying questions. Answer these completely. 

2. Be sure that your product or service is a fit for the categories in which you are nominating, as SC media reserves the right to eliminate a product or service from consideration if our editorial team and/or jurors find that the offering is inappropriate for that category.  

3. If you are entering multiple categories, you should offer unique answers for each. That is, avoid copying and pasting the same answers for each category you enter as this may yield a negative response from our judging panels.  

4. Every entry must be accompanied by an image. The image should be a visual representation of the entry. If you are a finalist, SC Media will use this image both digitally and in print to support your entry. Logos alone are not acceptable images. The image should be at least 300dpi, jpeg/eps format and at least 16.5 x 23.4 inches in size. 

5. All entries must be submitted and paid for online by either Visa, MasterCard or American Express.  

6. Once you have prepared your entries submit online by clicking here.

Key Info

Deadline for entries: October 25, 2017. Entries submitted after October 25, 2017 will incur a late fee. No exceptions.

Late entries: Late entries will be received until November 1, 2017 however, all entries received after October 25 will incur a penalty of $170 per entry.
Entry fees:
Trust Awards and Excellence Awards categories: $365 per entry.
Professional Awards categories: $265 per entry.
There is no fee to enter 'Best Cybersecurity Higher Education Program' and 'Cybersecurity Student of the Year'.

Finalists announcement: Finalists will be announced online at https://www.scmagazine.com/awards/ in January 2018. 

Winners announcement: Winners will be announced at the SC Awards 2018 Gala Dinner to be held on April 17, 2018 in San Francisco. Please contact Anna Naumoski at 646-638-6015 or anna.naumoski@haymarketmedia.com for further details.

Entry questions: Please contact Lauren Hawker at 646-638-6186 or lauren.hawker@haymarketmedia.com

Sponsorship questions: Please contact David Steifman at 646-638-6008 or David.Steifman@haymarketmedia.com 

Key Dates

Entries launch: August 22, 2017

Jurors nominations launch: August 22, 2017 

Deadline for juror nominations: September 25, 2017

Entry deadline: October 25, 2017

Extended entry deadline (late fee applies): November 1, 2017

Finalists announced: early January 2018

Awards ceremony: April 17, 2018

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Jury & Judging

Judging Info

All entries are reviewed and scored by two panels of jurors comprised of a range of cybersecurity industry luminaries - from current and former CISOs to vendor-neutral consultants or analysts to educators from academic institutions - all members of SC's audience. After averages for each category are tallied, finalists and winners are decided. Results are completely independent.

Financial/advertising considerations play no part in the results. That is, no one can "buy" a win by advertising, partnering or working with SC and its various team members.

Want to be a juror?

To be considered as a juror for the SC Awards 2018, please click here and complete the application form by September 25, 2017. After this date, applications will be reviewed and jurors chosen by the editorial team to participate on the Trust Awards panel. If some applicants seem more appropriate for the second judging panel, which is responsible for deciding Excellence and Professional categories, they will be considered for inclusion by the VP of editorial.

Please understand that judging for the SC Awards is a serious commitment, requiring all panelists to devote some time to judge submissions fairly and objectively so that IT security solutions/services providers, industry leaders and their teams can be recognized and honored for their exemplary work and contributions to the wider field. We do expect a healthy interest from our SC audience to participate, but submitting an application does not guarantee a spot as a juror.

2018 Jury Chair


Tony Sager
Senior Vice President and Chief Evangelist, CIS

Tony Sager is a Senior Vice President and Chief Evangelist for CIS (The Center for Internet Security). In this role, he leads the development of the CIS Controls, a worldwide consensus project to find and support technical best practices in cybersecurity. Tony also serves as the Director of the SANS Innovation Center, a subsidiary of The SANS Institute.

Tony retired from the National Security Agency (NSA) after 34 years as an Information Assurance professional. He started his career in the Communications Security (COMSEC) Intern Program, and worked as a mathematical cryptographer and a software vulnerability analyst. In 2001, Tony led the release of NSA security guidance to the public. He also expanded the NSA's role in the development of open standards for security.

Mr. Sager holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Western Maryland College and an M.S. in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University. 


Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Venue: To be confirmed

Time: 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Dress Code: Black tie preferred (Men - smart suits, women - cocktail dresses)

Ticket information to be announced soon.


Our 2017 partners are listed below. If you are interested in sponsoring the 2018 awards please contact David Steifman for a media kit. Email: david.steifman@haymarketmedia.com. Phone:646-638-6008.


Contact Us

Questions about entries? 
Contact Lauren Hawker
email: lauren.hawker@haymarketmedia.com phone: 646-638-6186

Questions about the awards gala dinner? 
Contact Anna Naumoski
email: anna.naumoski@haymarketmedia.com phone: 646-638-6015

Questions about sponsorship?
Contact David Steifman
email: david.steifman@haymarketmedia.com phone:646-638-6008