Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Enter an Award Nomination?
Entering an award nomination is easy. Before you can submit a nomination, you need to be a registered user (register here) and logged in.
Whether you would like to nominate a cybersecurity product / service, cybersecurity company or cybersecurity professional / team, all nominations follow these 3 simple steps:
1) Select Award Category – Visit the nomination page and select the award category (company, product, professional) and sub category for your nomination. Then click the CONTINUE button.
2) Add Nomination Details – Next, complete the award details form to provide more details about your nomination, including achievements and justification why the nominee deserves recognition, and images of your product, team or nominated individuals. Then click the CONTINUE button. TIP: Make sure to include your company and/or product brand name in nomination titles (where applicable) for better brand visibility.
3) Review Your Nomination – Next, review your nomination details and correct details, if necessary, using the GO BACK button. If everything looks fine, review the rules and guidelines, and then click the CONTINUE button. You will be directed to a confirmation page stating that your submission is now pending review by our Cybersecurity Excellence Awards staff. Click the button VIEW YOUR AWARD SUBMISSION to review your submission and make changes.
You can review the status of your award submission(s) at any time by visiting the dashboard.
What Information Do I Need to Submit With Each Nomination?
Download the PDFs containing all required fields for each award category: Product | Company | Professional
Here is the list of the form fields required to submit nominations for the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards.
CYBERSECURITY PROFESSIONAL NOMINATION
– Name of nominated professional or team
– Job title of nominated professional
– Company (where nominated professional or team is working)
– Company size (employees)
– In less than 300 words, summarize the achievements of the professional or team in the nominated category
– In 3 bullets, summarize why this professional or team deserves recognition
– Images: Please upload images of the professional and/or team. The first image will become the featured image and is displayed larger than other, secondary images.
CYBERSECURITY PRODUCT NOMINATION
– Company (that provides the nominated product / solution / service) *
– Company size (employees)
PRODUCTS / SOLUTIONS / SERVICE DETAILS
– Name of the Product / Solution / Service
– Product Version Number
– Type of solution
– Year this product or service was first introduced to the market
– Year the current version of this product or service has been released
– Approximate number of users worldwide
– In less than 300 words, summarize the most important features and benefits of this product or service
– In 3 bullets, summarize why this product or service deserves recognition
– Images: Please upload your company logo and images of your product (screenshots, packaging, appliance, etc.). The first image will become the featured image and is displayed larger than other, secondary images.
– Company (that is being nominated)
– Company size (employees)
– In less than 300 words, summarize the achievements of the company in the nominated category *
– In 3 bullets, summarize why this company deserves recognition
– Images: Please upload your company logo and images of your office, team, etc.). The first image will become the featured image and is displayed larger than other, secondary images.
What Cybersecurity Award Categories Are Available for Nomination?
Click here to see the cybersecurity categories available for nominations.
Can’t find the right category for your company, professional, industry, product or service nomination? Contact us to propose a new category.
How Many Different Nominations Can I Submit?
The number of nominations each user can submit as part of the standard award package is limited to 3 (made on behalf of the same company or same client) – all for one flat nomination fee. The nominations can be made across all award categories.
For more than 3 nominations for the same company or client, as well as the opportunity to create custom award categories and see your nominations and brand prominently featured on the homepage, we offer a premium sponsorship package [ more details ].
What Are the Nomination Deadlines?
The deadline for entering your nomination(s) is the end of February 3, 2023 at midnight US Pacific [the earlier you submit, the more time to promote your nomination].
If you miss the standard deadline, you can extend the deadline and add late nominations by purchasing the add-on sponsorship package [ more details here ].
Voting is open throughout the award nomination season and closes February 10, 2023. Award finalists and winners will be announced starting in late February, 2023 (to be announced).
What If My Nomination Does Not Fit Any of the Available Award Categories?
We understand that innovative security solutions often don’t fit existing categories. Please contact the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards team if you would like us to consider adding a new category to better fit your product, solution or service nomination.
Where Can I See the Approval Status of My Award Nominations?
To see the approval status of your award nominations, or to make changes, visit the dashboard. You need to be a registered user and logged into the awards site with your user credentials.
After completing your nomination, you will receive a notification email confirming that your nomination is pending (please also check your spam folder). Nominations are typically approved within 24 business hours. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please contact our support team.
How can I edit my nomination after it has been submitted?
To edit your award nomination(s), please visit the dashboard. You need to be a registered user and logged into the awards site with your user credentials.
After editing your award submission, the entry will go back into the approval queue. Revised nominations are typically approved within 24 business hours. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please contact our support team.
How Long Will It Take To Submit My Nomination
Submitting your nomination can be completed in less than 10 minutes provided you have the necessary information ready.
After submission, your nomination will be reviewed and are typically approved by the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards team within 24 business hours.
How Much Does an Award Nomination Cost (and How Can I Pay)?
Nominations submitted by the standard deadline are charged a flat $900 processing fee (standard package includes up to 3 nominations for the same company / client).
You can submit up to 10 award nominations for your company / client by purchasing a premium sponsorship package [ more details ].
If you miss the standard deadline, you can extend the deadline and add new nominations by purchasing the add-on premium sponsorship package [ more details ].
Our flat rate includes up to 3 nominations and makes the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards one of the most affordable awards program in the industry, giving smaller organizations and individuals a cost-effective opportunity to participate.
ACCEPTED PAYMENT METHODS
Payments are invoiced via PayPal email and can be made directly via PayPal (if you have a PayPal account) or via credit card, using the PayPal website (if you do not have a PayPal account – however, this option is not available in all countries).
Here is a short video that shows how to pay with credit card (without requiring registration with PayPal): https://youtu.be/0e8Qc0eb0UY
Companies that purchase the add-on premium sponsorship package can also pay via ACH, check or wire.
How Can I Improve my Chances of Receiving an Award?
There are four basic steps to give your nomination(s) the highest odds of winning an award:
1 – Strengthen Your Nomination(s)
First, highlight why your nomination deserves recognition. The strength of your nomination is most important in determining award winners. Add examples of how your product, company or individual impacts the cybersecurity industry in the specific category. For example, if you nominate in a fastest growing company category, provide details about the company’s growth rate, etc.
2 – Nominate in Multiple Award Categories
Nominate not only in crowded categories (such as best company) but also in product categories where there typically much fewer nominations and therefore less competition (which increases your odds of winning tremendously). Remember, you can nominate in as many categories as you like for one flat nomination fee payment. You can also propose new award categories if you feel that the existing categories may not be a perfect fit for your solution.
3 – Promote Your Award Nomination
You can promote your nomination page URL on Twitter, LinkedIn and your company blog so that your friends, followers, customers and prospects learn about the award opportunity and vote for you! While the number of votes is only a secondary factor in determining finalists and award winners (the primary factor is the strength of the nomination – votes are only used as a tie breaker for otherwise equally strong nominations).
4 – Sponsor the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards for Maximum Visibility
Another option to increase visibility for your nomination and brand is to sponsor the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards (see details here). This places your nomination prominently at the top of the homepage and your logo throughout the site, thereby receiving more visibility for your nomination and company.
Who Should I Contact If I Have Any Questions?
Please contact the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards team with any questions or suggestions.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Place a Vote
Voting for your favorite nomination(s) is fast and easy. First, register on the awards site (this is a simple step we implemented to minimize voting fraud). Next, find the page showing your favorite nominee (a complete listing of all nominations can be found here).
On the nomination page, in the upper right area, you will find a thumbs-up “like” button – click the icon to place your vote for the candidate.
To minimize voting fraud and spam, we require user registration. As a simple anti-fraud and anti-spam security measure, the site limits votes to one vote per device, user or IP address.
Keep in mind that votes alone do not determine finalists and winners, the strength of the nomination is what’s most important (votes can, however, help to break a tie between otherwise equally strong nominations).
When Does Voting End?
Voting is open throughout the award nomination season and closes February 10, 2023. Award finalists and winners will be announced in mid February, 2023.
Where Can I Find Nominations to Vote For?
All nominations and candidates can be found on the voting page. Simply browse through the award categories and click the candidate title links or buttons to see each nomination in detail. Click the thumbs up voting button (upper right corner of the page) to submit your vote.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are the award finalists and winners selected?
Here is a brief overview of the award process: The awards program first selects a group of finalists for each award category (after nominations and voting periods have ended).
The finalists are selected based on two main criteria: (1) the strength of the nomination (demonstrated leadership, excellence and results in cybersecurity, depending on the specific category and the supporting information provided); and (2) the popular votes and comments received from the cybersecurity community.
Award winners are determined by the strength of the nomination and the provided information. The popular vote will only be considered if two or more nomination are tied for an award (in other words, a weaker nomination with more votes will not outperform a stronger nomination with fewer votes).
The winners in each category are selected from the group of shortlisted finalists using the same criteria outlined above. Finalists and winners are announced on the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards website.
Where can I find my award badge?
All 2021 award badges are available for download here (scroll down): 2021 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards – Cybersecurity Excellence Awards (cybersecurity-excellence-awards.com)
When and How Are Winners Announced (and What is Part of the Award Package)?
Winners & finalists will be published on the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards site and announced on the Cybersecurity Insiders website and the 500,000+ member information security community on LinkedIn.
Winners and finalists will also receive digital award badges to display on their websites (download digital image files for previous years awards here: https://cybersecurity-excellence-awards.com/2022-cybersecurity-excellence-awards).
Award finalists and winners will be announced in February, 2023. There is no live award ceremony or dinner – this award program is online only.