Nominations Now Open for the SANS 2018 Difference Makers Awards

Bethesda, Md. – SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training, today announced that the call for nominations for the sixth annual SANS Difference Makers Awards is now open. Individuals, teams, and groups from within the cybersecurity community are invited to submit nominations detailing their successful implementation of security processes or technology in 2018 that resulted in meaningful and measurable advances in security.

According to John Pescatore, SANS Director of Emerging Security Trends, "Last years nomination submissions showcased some interesting trends in cyber security and some remarkable achievements. Included among the achievements recognized were more innovative methods to increase the cyber security talent pool and creative, lower cost ways of finding and fixing vulnerabilities. We can't wait to see what remarkable developments were achieved this year."

The SANS Difference Makers Awards were created to honor security professional that are quietly succeeding and making breakthroughs in advancing security. By raising awareness of what works, SANS hopes to help others achieve similar cyber security success.

Applications will be accepted now through October 16, 2018. Nominations will be evaluated by a team from SANS, security industry analysts and thought leaders. The award categories include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • 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 will be honored at the SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2018 training event in Washington D.C. in December. For additional details on the SANS Difference Makers Awards, including the nomination criteria and how to submit nominations, please visit:
https://www.sans.org/cyber-innovation-awards

About SANS Institute

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. (https://www.sans.org)