The mission of the SC Awards is to honor the achievements of companies and information security professionals striving to safeguard businesses, their customers and critical data in North America. Information security products and services nominated for the Trust Awards, therefore, should be available for sale to U.S. and Canadian organizations, as well as provide both customer service and support to users in these countries. Competitors are voted on by two panels of judges 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!