The 4th Annual Cyber Security Awards took place on a June evening, with a dazzling celebratory ceremony, held at the Park Plaza Hotel in Victoria, London. The awards founded in 2014 reward the best individuals, teams and companies within the cyber security industry. Excellence and innovation are core themes, throughout all categories. With independent, industry leading judges, companies are awarded solely on merit.

Now a highly coveted award, the ceremony itself has grown to reflect this. The awards were presented by George Lewis, an award winning comedian and presenter of Top Gear’s Extra Gear. George had the audience laughing before putting everyone out of their misery and announcing who had won. Entertainment and celebration is always key to the Cyber Security Awards and the focus is on making sure everyone there thoroughly enjoys the evening. In keeping with this, Greg Williamson attended for the third year to entertain everyone with his 21st century magic performance. Working his way around the guests, he managed to leave everyone perplexed with his tricks!

As well as enjoying the celebration, winning an award is good for business and a film crew were on hand, to interview those shortlisted. With these videos now

being circulated, it keeps the ROI high for companies attending the awards. With everyone looking their best, there was a long queue from individuals looking for their moment on camera! Those interviewed shared about their company and application, as well as why they felt they should win their category. There were also some interesting thoughts and insights on the industry to come through. As an organisation committed to celebrating the best of the industry, we work hard with shortlisted companies and winners to help them publicise their success.

A full list of winners is below but there are some key individuals who stand out.

Chelsea Cadd of Invotra won the Newcomer of the Year category. Chelsea demonstrated a strong passion for cyber security in her entry, as well as a desire to become a role model for others as her career progresses. Attending with several members of her team, they all had a great night celebrating her win.

The awards are a great way for teams to celebrate together and spend time considering their achievements. Vodafone were a deserving winner of the Industry Team of the Year award. They have grown their team significantly, and also have a higher percentage of women in their team than the industry average. Their achievements were innovative, and they demonstrated how strongly they contributed to the company’s overall vision of security for their customers.

TalkTalk were, for some, a surprise winner to the Cyber Awareness Plan of the Year category. Being shortlisted gained some attention and the judges were incredibly impressed by the quality of their application. Their entry was full of strong examples and demonstrable proof of success, on how they have improved cyber awareness throughout their business. An incredibly deserving winner!

David Ferbrache, of KPMG, won the award for Personality of the Year. David is known throughout the industry for his knowledge and strong leadership qualities. It was a highly contested category and David’s strong application and reputation made him a commendable winner. We are also pleased to announce that he will be joining the 2019 judging panel. Ensuring we have the best of the industry as our judges is incredibly important. We are very excited to have David bring his insights for the process next year.


CISO of the Year

  • Jordan M. Schroeder

Personality of the Year

  • David Ferbrache

Newcomer of the Year

  • Chelsea Cadd, Invotra

Woman of the Year

  • Alison Brogan, ECS Security
  • Yinglian Xie, DataVisor – Highly Commended

Penetration Tester of the Year

  • Mark Harrison, MTI Technology

Consulting Practice of the Year

  • Foregenix

Cyber Security Start-Up of the Year

  • DigitalXRAID

Industry Team of the Year

  • Vodafone

Financial Services Team of the Year

  • Vocalink

Not for Profit Team of the Year

  • Root64 InfoSec Research Foundation

Best Security Company of the Year (less than 200 staff)

  • Performanta

Best Security Company of the Year (more than 200 staff)

  • Digital Shadows

Innovative Product of the Year

  • Data Visor UML Enterprise, DataVisor

Innovative Product of the Year – Cloud Based

  • onDMARC, Red Sift
  • Tenable, – Highly Commended

Innovative Product of the Year – Threat Detection

  • Thycotic Secret Server, Thycotic

Insurance Product of the Year

  • Safeonline

Cyber Awareness Plan of the Year

  • TalkTalk
  • Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery – Highly Commended

For those looking to enter next year, application packs can now be downloaded directly from the website, or by emailing

The categories remain the same and the judges encourage those who are committed to improving security to apply. Innovation and demonstrable results, are key things that the judges look for, as well as sticking to the word limit! Criteria for each category can be found on the application form.

We would also like to thank our sponsors, BeecherMadden, ESET and Gulam IT for their involvement in the event.

NdR: logo and all pictures illustrated here are © Cyber Security Awards, U.K.


Karla Reffold is the MD and Founder of BeecherMadden. Karla has over 12 years recruitment experience, building teams in cybersecurity up to C-level. Founded in 2010, BeecherMadden are a leading recruitment company for the cybersecurity industry. Leveraging our long-held relationships, industry knowledge and data driven approach, we help companies and candidates make better hiring decisions. BeecherMadden are a leading cyber security recruitment company with offices in London, New York, Singapore and Zurich. Established in 2010, we leverage long held relationships, industry knowledge and data driven approach to help companies and candidates make better hiring decisions.


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