Congratulations are in order for all of this year's SC Magazine Awards finalists.

We give you props for everything you have achieved in this last year, and for being recognized by your peers as the best in the industry. Your partners in the world of security rely on you for your expertise to better understand and protect against the evolving threats of not only today, but tomorrow.

Which brings us to the SC Awards Finalist Blog.

The SC Awards Finalist Blog is a forum for the recognized leaders of IT security to weigh in on the most pressing security issues of the day. This is your chance to provide additional guidance and commentary on the hottest issues.

If you are an SC Award finalist, we welcome your contribution to this blog to share your vision. Submissions should not be product endorsements, but should provide high-level strategic guidance to our audience of IT security practitioners. The contributions should be up to 750 words in length and offer thought-provoking discussion about your recommended approach to address today's security needs.

Finalists may email submission to scbloggers@mix-pr.com. Posts will be reviewed and then posted to the SC Awards Blog from now until the SC Awards Gala Event ion Feb. 28 in San Francisco.

I always look forward to that night, celebrating the successes of winners in great spirits with your peers and rivals. To register for the event, please visit http://www.cvent.com/d/scqm6b/4W.

In addition, with the opening of the blog, we now officially open up 2012 SC Magazine Social Media Awards for nomination.  Sponsored by MIX Public Relations, the SC Magazine Social Media Awards recognize the industries best bloggers, blogs and tweeters. This year's categories are:

  • Most Popular Security Blogger
  • Best Corporate Security Blog
  • Five to Follow on Twitter

Please send nominations to scbloggers@mix-pr.com from now until Feb. 1. Following the nomination period, we will post the finalists on SCMagazine.com for a direct vote by our readers.

Nominate your favorite blogger, corporate blog or tweeter today to help them achieve recognition for their expertise!

Again, congratulations to all of our finalists. We look forward to your ongoing guidance and leadership throughout 2012.