The only program of its kind, the black-tie ceremony, held during this year's RSA Conference, morphed into joyous celebrations at times. It zeroes in on the achievements of information security professionals in the trenches and the innovations happening in both the IT security vendor and service provider communities.

Our Awards program is divided into three sections: Reader Trust, Excellence and Professional Awards. While the Reader Trust awards honor leading technologies and services in the information security space and are voted on by our loyal readers, the Excellence and Professional awards showcase the practitioners who are leading the industry with vision and dedication. Winners in these last two categories are determined by our esteemed panel of judges, which saw the participation of 17 industry luminaries and was co-chaired by KPMG's Greg Bell, eBay's Dave Cullinane and SC Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Illena Armstrong.

For all our judges' dedication of their time and knowledge to our event, we extend my gratitude. We'd also like to thank our sponsors, without whom our Awards Gala at the RSA Conference in February would not have been possible.