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SC Awards 2023: Have you got what it takes?

Preparations are already underway for the next SC Awards – Europe’s flagship accolade for top cyber talent. SC Media editor Alicia Buller caught up with top judge Richard Starnes to find out what he’s looking for in the next batch of winners…


Following our biggest ever in-person awards this year, packed with cyber industry stars, SC Media is now calling for entries for 2023.

For decades SC Awards Europe, the most prestigious accolades in cybersecurity, have sought out and celebrated the very best experts in the field.

Our awards seek to inspire, recognise and commend Europe’s tech leaders as they guard our businesses and governments against an increasingly malevolent threat landscape.

This year’s awards will be judged by a refreshed panel of VIP judges and led once again by our formidable Chair of Judges Richard Starnes, chief cybersecurity strategist at Capgemini.

According to Starnes, “no trophy shelf is complete without an SC Award.”

“This is why, every year, vendors and professionals alike convene in London to celebrate the best of the best at the SC Awards,” he says.

Powerful statement

“The judges panel is populated by well-known industry practitioners and executives, who view the products from both a strategic and operational view, encompassing the whole lifecycle,” Starnes adds.

“This makes an SC Award a powerful statement, not only about the capabilities of the product, but about the company itself.”

Next year, Starnes will oversee a panel of over 30 judges across 35 categories.

Of his judges, he says: “These awards are assessed by industry professionals working at the coal face.

“Our independent judges know what is required by practitioners; they are measuring against the toughest criteria – experience.”

In terms of the winning entries, the Capgemini veteran says the panel will be looking for the “whole package”.

Judges will place particular focus on areas such as total cost-of-ownership, support, vendor interoperability, reporting, capabilities, training, company reputation and stability, in addition to the depth and quantity of security controls covered.

“This year, more than previous years, companies will need to have a compelling value proposition. CISOs now have to contend with an increasingly hostile environment, mounting skills availability challenges and decreased budgets. CISOs will be looking for the whole package at a reduced price point in 2023,” concludes Starnes.

To enter the 2023 SC Awards Europe or nominate a winner, click here

To see this year’s list of SC Awards Europe winners, click here

We look forward to celebrating your achievements live in person on stage in June 2023


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