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.