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Nominations Now Open for the SANS 2016 Difference Makers Awards

Awards Program Honors Security Practitioners that are Succeeding in the Fight Against Cyber Attackers

  • Bethesda, MD
  • September 28, 2016

SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced that the call for nominations for the SANS 2016 Difference Makers Awards is now open. SANS is accepting nominations for individuals, teams and groups from within the SANS community who implemented security processes or technology in 2016 that resulted in meaningful and measurable advances in security.

"The SANS Difference Makers Awards were created as a way to honor the unsung heroes within the security community. There are many security professional succeeding in protecting their business or government agency, but the press attention only goes to the failures. Our hope in honoring these Difference Makers is to raise awareness of what is working so that others can achieve cybersecurity success," said John Pescatore, Director of Emerging Security Trends at SANS.

Submissions are due October 14, 2016. Nominations will be evaluated by a team from SANS, security industry analysts and thought leaders. Awards categories include:

  • Enhancing the Security Workforce
  • Implementing the Critical Security Controls
  • Meaningful Security Metrics
  • Mitigating Advanced Threats
  • Securing the Human
  • Vertical Industry Difference Makers: ICS, Healthcare, Government, etc.

Winners of SANS' People Who Made a Difference in Security award program will be honored on Thursday, December 15th at the SANS Cyber Defense Initiative training event in Washington D.C. For additional details on the SANS Difference Makers Awards, including the nomination criteria and how to submit nominations, please visit:

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 50 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates employee qualifications via 30 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master's degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system--the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (