Welcome to Belgium’s Cyber Security Awards 2024

Belgium’s Cyber Security Awards 2024 are a wonderful way to reward and celebrate the incredible skills and talent keeping us safe online and inspire future generations. Apply now and seize this opportunity!
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Belgium’s Cyber Security Awards programme rewards different types of personalities who make a significant contribution to improving cyber resilience in Belgium

For this fourth edition, we give out five awards. You can apply to one or more awards. We thank you in advance for participating and wish all contestants the best of luck.

Cyber Security Personality

Target audience

There are many cyber security professionals working in different roles, who are neither a Young Professional nor a CISO (e.g., Security Architects, IT Risk Advisors, Security Analysts, Intelligence Analysts, Investigators, Heads of Operations) and this award is focused on them.
It recognizes those who through cyber security expertise, business acumen and/or skillful and innovative approaches, have contributed with distinction. Outstanding performers will be those who are setting examples that others will wish to follow.

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CISO

Target audience

CISOs can operate in different ways and are responsible for a myriad of different activities and technologies to combat a range of threats. Whatever the role, this category recognizes those who through security expertise, business acumen and/or skillful and innovative leadership approaches, have led the cyber security portfolio with distinction. Outstanding performers will be leaders and innovators who are setting examples that others will wish to follow.

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Cyber Security Researcher

Target audience

This award recognizes researchers and academics, who have made significant contributions to the cybersecurity domain through research, or development and implementation of security technologies or methodologies. The award acknowledges research innovation, publications and research output, impact on the industry, collaboration and community involvement, problem-solving solutions, and educational contributions.

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Young Cyber Security Professional

Target audience

This award recognizes a young cyber security professional – that is anyone of thirty or younger (there is no restriction on the number of years spent in security) – who has excelled in early career performance. The focus is on someone who has made an impact in the area of cyber security, for example as an analyst/researcher, working for a cyber security supplier and/or corporate cyber security department. This could be in any area of cyber security activity, as a student, in the workplace or a combination, but it will be someone who has made a difference and is laying the basis for an outstanding career in cyber security.

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Privacy Professional

Target audience

This award recognizes individuals working in the privacy domain, who have made significant contributions in enhancing digital trust. By leading efforts to ensure the privacy and protection of personal information within the organizations they are working for, they have proven their expertise in fostering trust in data protection among stakeholders. These individuals excel in upholding privacy laws and regulations, reinforcing their commitment to a secure and compliant digital environment.

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Created to honour excellence, innovation and leadership
in cyber security in Belgium

The Cyber Security Awards Winners will get:

Trophy

The award trophies will be handed over in the presence of Minister `{`TBD`}`.

Badge

Custom-made winner's digital badge to put on your social media

Interview

Winner's interview recorded and promoted on the Coalition's social media and annual Gazette 2024.

Gift

A personalized gift worth € 1,000.00.

Showcase your unique talents and your contributions to the cyber security industry

Participation in Belgium’s Cyber Security Awards programme is a great opportunity for you and your team to get recognized for excellence, innovation and leadership, and to showcase your unique capabilities and contributions to the cyber security ecosystem.
Have you made a contribution in one or more of the following areas:
  • Contribution to the cyber resilience of the Belgium’s/European economy
  • Contribution to the awareness of the public
  • Contribution to the skills and diversity gap
  • Contribution to the cyber security ecosystem
  • Contribution to academia and research
  • Contribution to privacy performance and culture
  • Achievements in your current role as CISO or (young) cyber security professional
Apply to one or more awardsDiscover the criteria for each award

The Cyber Security Personality of Year 2022, Sebastien Deleersnyder encourages you to apply

  • 01
    Applications

    JUN 03 - OCT 04

    You can apply for one or more awards by filling out the appropriate application form. You can also nominate a person for one or more awards by filling out the nomination form. You can also help us promoting the awards campaign by sharing our social media posts on your own channels. We expect to receive all applications on Friday, October 4th, at 11:00 PM.

  • 02
    Shortlist

    OCT 24

    Award winners and finalists will be selected primarily based on the strength of their application. For each award category we have defined a 3 to 4-pillar scoring system. Except for the CISO and Privacy Professional awards, you must excel in one of the pillars as a minimum. Please, make sure to provide sufficient information to support your application in the selected award category. There will be a shortlist of 5 finalists for each award category (in total 25 finalists).

  • 03
    Jury selection

    NOV 7

    A multidisciplinary and independent jury will review the top 25 applications and make the final decision about who is the winner for each award category. The discussion among the jurors is crucial to maintaining a fair process. The open nature of the selection shall ensure that the winners are chosen on merit alone.

  • 04
    Awards ceremony

    DEC 04

    The Belgium’s Cyber Security trophies will be handed over to the winners during a Gala dinner in the Africa Palace in Tervuren on December 4th, organized by TMAB.

FAQ

What are Belgium’s Cyber Security Awards?

The awards recognize and celebrate the achievements and amazing endeavours of Belgium-based cyber security experts and enthusiasts working to improve the country’s cyber security and posture. As from 2024, the campaign includes a new award – Privacy Professionals – to honour the achievements of professionals in the privacy and data protection domain. The awards programme is organized by the Belgian Cyber Security Coalition.

What Cyber Security Awards are available?

The following awards will be presented on December 4th:

  • The Cyber Security Personality of the Year
  • The CISO of the Year
  • The Young Cyber Security Professional of the Year
  • The Cyber Security Researcher of the Year
  • The Privacy Professional of the Year. this is a new award!

Last year, the jury rewarded the Cyber Security Educator/ Researcher Award to an Educator. Therefore, this year the Award will be granted to a Researcher. Cyber security educators can of course apply for the Cyber Security Personality of the Year Award.

Click here to learn more about the Cyber Security Awards categories. For each award category we have described the profiles that fit within the category.

If you cannot find the right category for your profession, contact the Coalition Task Force for support: [email protected].

Who can apply?

  • The application process is open to all cyber security and privacy enthusiasts and professionals. You do not have to be a member of the Cyber Security Coalition to apply.
  • Individuals can be from the public, private or academic sectors and must be based in Belgium. It is not required to have the Belgian nationality.
  • Individuals must have contributed to the country’s information security industry, shown tremendous professional growth and achievement, and promoted strong and innovative security practices in the last 24 months.
  • Applicants who participated last year, can resubmit their application possibly supplemented by new achievements.
  • If you work for an organization that is successful all over Europe, but boasts only a small market share in Belgium, you should not hesitate to apply.
  • An age limit of 30 years has been set for the Young Cyber Security Professional of the Year Award. Any person based in Belgium born in 1993 or later can apply for this award.
  • The application process is free of charge.

Is the Privacy Professional Award only open to Data Protection Officers (DPOs)?

No, the Privacy Professional Award is not limited to Data Protection Officers. It is open to all practitioners, researchers, educators, and professionals who have made significant contributions to enhancing privacy and data protection. We encourage anyone who has demonstrated excellence in this field, regardless of their specific role, to apply for this prestigious award. Your contributions are valuable, and we welcome a diverse range of applicants.

What information do I need to submit in my application?

  • For each award category there is a specific application form.
  • The form is in English, French or Dutch. You can choose in which language you want to submit your application.
  • You can fill out the application online or download the form and send it to [email protected].
  • All fields related to Applicant & Employer Information in the application form are mandatory.
  • Depending on the award category, you must describe your contributions in at least one or all areas mentioned in the application form.
  • Try to be concise and highlight your achievements in maximum 5,000 characters. Emphasize why your application deserves recognition. The strength of your application is most important in determining award winners. Add examples of how your achievements impact the cyber security industry/ ecosystem in the specific award category.
  • You will receive an acknowledgement upon receipt of your application.

How can I edit my application after it has been submitted?

  • Until the deadline of October 4th (11:00 PM) it is possible to edit and change your application. You can do so by sending an amended version to [email protected]. The Task Force will only consider the last version of your application. Please, use version control by including the date in your file name.
  • Additional information submitted after the deadline will be conveyed to the jury if you are selected as one of the finalists. However, the jury is not obliged to take it into account.

How many different nominations can I submit?

  • There is no limit on the number of nominations you can submit.
  • The nominations can be made across all awards categories.
  • You can nominate the same person in different award categories.
  • However, due to the nature of the selection process, entry is by application only. Your nominee will still have to complete the appropriate application form.
  • The ultimate deadline for nominations is September 30th, but practically you should submit your nomination much earlier enabling the nominee to submit his/her application.
  • You can submit your nomination using the appropriate nomination form. It will not take much of your time.
  • You will get an acknowledgement of receipt from the Coalition Task Force, which will contact the nominee. Therefore, it is important to add the latter’s contact details to facilitate this process.
  • We do not charge a nomination fee.

Who is on the jury?

The assessment process is independent and open. All jurors have been chosen for their varied backgrounds and achievements within the industry and emanate from the three sectors (private, academic, public). The jury is multidisciplinary and discussion among jurors is crucial to maintaining a fair process. The open nature of the selection shall ensure integrity of the awards, with the winners being chosen on merit only. We refer to the code of conduct for jurors page.

How are the awards finalists and winners selected?

Here is a brief overview of the awards process. The awards programme first selects 5 finalists for each award category. Each cyber security or privacy professional will be assessed using 3 to 4 criteria, which differ depending on the award. For most awards the applicant should demonstrate outstanding achievements in at least one of the domains. It is not required to excel in all domains. Only for the CISO and Privacy Professional we require achievements across the 4 domains. For the Young Cyber Security Professional and Researcher of the Year, the scoring is based on 3 criteria.

 

Award winners are determined by the strength of their application and the provided information. Additional information submitted by the finalist after the deadline will be conveyed to the jury by the Coalition Task Force, but the jury is not obliged to take it into account.

The winners in each category are selected from the group of shortlisted finalists using the same criteria as outlined on the selection criteria page. The jury can switch a finalist from one award category to another award category.

What if I am shortlisted?

Congratulations! Being shortlisted means you are one step closer to winning. All shortlisted candidates will be notified by the Awards Task Force and be invited to the Award ceremony. However, please note that the winners will not be notified of the jury’s decision in advance. All finalists must attend the ceremony to find out if they will receive an award. We look forward to celebrating your achievements with you and wish you the best of luck!

When and how are the winners and finalists announced and what is part of the award package?

  • The finalists will be published on the Cyber Security Awards website of the Cyber Security Coalition on October 28th.
  • The winners will be announced during the Gala dinner on December 4th and be published on the Cyber Security Awards website on December 5th.
  • The winners will receive a trophy as well as a gift of an amount of EUR 1,000.00.
  • Winners and finalists will receive a certificate and a digital award badge to display on their social media.
  • The Cyber Security Coalition will also announce the finalists and winners on its LinkedIn & Twitter accounts.
  • A press release will be sent out on December 5th.
  • The winners will be invited for an interview to be published in the Coalition Gazette 2024 (release in January 2025).

Where will the awards ceremony take place?

The awards ceremony will be held on December 6th, 2023 as from 6:00 PM in the Africa Palace in Tervuren. The Cyber Security Coalition has entered into a partnership with TMAB for the organization of this Gala dinner. Organizations can sponsor the awards programme by booking a table at the Gala dinner.

Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne has confirmed his attendance.

TMAB is not involved in the awards decision making process.

There is no streaming of the Gala dinner.

Who organizes this awards programme and why?

This awards programme is organized by the Belgian Cyber Security Coalition and supported by ISACA Belgium, Beltug, Agence du Numérique and Solvay Brussels School of Management & Education. The goal is twofold. Firstly, to highlight the importance of the professionals driving cyber security and data protection. Secondly, to showcase role models and inspiring achievements.

What are the terms and conditions?

We refer to our terms and conditions page.

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

Please, contact the Coalition Task Force with any questions or suggestions at [email protected].

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