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Nominations Now Open for the SANS 2019 Difference Makers Awards

Honoring People Who Made a Difference in Security

  • Bethesda, MD
  • October 8, 2019

SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, today announced the call for nominations for the
SANS 2019 Difference Makers Awards is now open. SANS is accepting nominations for individuals, teams and groups from within the SANS community who have implemented security processes or technology in 2019 that resulted in meaningful and measurable advances in security.

Nominations are open through October 18, 2019. The criteria for nominees are:

  • Must have led the implementation and deployment of security processes or controls in 2019 that either (a) made measurable increases in cybersecurity or (b) enabled new business initiatives (use of the Internet of Things, cloud, agile development, Digital Government, etc.) while maintaining required security levels.
  • The deployed solution(s) must show advances or innovation over common levels of practice.
  • Must be willing, and have management approval, to be publicly acknowledged. Company or agency names can be kept anonymous if necessary.

Awards categories include, but are not limited to:

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

Nominations will be evaluated by a team from SANS, security industry analysts, and thought leaders. Winners will be announced in December at the SANS Cyber Defense Initiative® 2019 training event in Washington D.C.

To learn more about the SANS Difference Makers Awards, visit:

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