Nominations Now Open for SANS Institute's Fifth Annual Difference Makers Awards

Bethesda, Md. – SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced nominations are now being accepted for the SANS 2015 Difference Makers Awards. The SANS Difference Makers Awards celebrate individuals, team and groups who implemented security processes or technology in 2015 that resulted in meaningful and measurable advances in security.

"There are thousands of security practitioners out there who are quietly succeeding and making breakthroughs in advancing security and enabling business, unfortunately we rarely hear about these successes. The SANS Difference Makers Award was developed to recognize these individuals and teams," said John Pescatore, director of Emerging Security Trends, SANS Institute. "We look forward to celebrating the skilled and dedicated people that have been able to meet business demands while avoiding or mitigating security breaches."

Nominations will be evaluated by a team from SANS, security industry analysts and thought leaders. Submissions are due November 9, 2015. Awards will be made in several categories, including but not limited to:

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

Winners will be celebrated at an awards ceremony held December 15th at the SANS Cyber Defense Initiative ® Training Event in Washington, D.C. For additional information on the 2015 SANS Difference Makers Awards, including nomination criteria or to submit a nomination, please visit:

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The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at in-person and virtual cyber security training events and on demand. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers a master’s degree, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cyber security. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their ‘human’ cybersecurity risk. SANS also delivers a wide variety of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, webcasts, podcasts, 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 support and educate the global information security community. (