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Global Future CISO 100 Awards 2024:

Nominate a Future Cybersecurity Leader


Nominations close 5th April 2024


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Submit Your Nomination for the Future CISO 100 2024

Recognise Tomorrow's Chief Information Security Officers 

HotTopics is excited to open nominations for the Global Future CISO 100 Awards 2024. This award honours aspiring Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), who are excelling in their roles and shaping the future of cybersecurity in business and the wider industry.


The Vital Role of Today and Tomorrow's CISO

The role of the CISO is more critical than ever. Tasked with safeguarding organisational data and resources, CISOs play a vital role in building trust within businesses and across the wider industry. Amidst evolving challenges like hybrid work, geopolitical changes, and emerging technologies and Generative AI, the role of the CISO has gained unprecedented importance from the boardroom down.


Why Nominate Yourself or a Peer for Global Future CISO 100? 

  • Recognise Leaders: Acknowledge aspiring CISOs who are making significant contributions to cybersecurity. 
  • Showcase Achievements: Highlight innovative strategies and solutions implemented by future cybersecurity leaders. 
  • Promote Excellence: Encourage continued excellence in cybersecurity leadership.
  • Drive Recruitment and Internal Champions: Previous HotTopics award-winners say the Global Future CISO 100 award has helped to improve talent attraction and retention, and to win internal champions within the business.

Nomination Criteria 

We're looking for aspiring CISOs who demonstrate: 

  • Strategic Impact: Crafting company-wide strategies that balance risk management and business innovation.
  • Inclusive Leadership: Advocating for diversity and inclusion in the cybersecurity field.
  • Adaptability: Navigating transformation and day-to-day, business-as-usual skillfully.
  • Culture Champion: Building a strong internal culture focused on security.
  • Thought Leadership: Influencing the cybersecurity conversation on current and future trends. 


Global Future CISO 100 Judging Panel 

We will be announcing our 2024 Judging Panel soon. Our panels feature prominent and experienced industry leaders, as shown below:

  • Bradley Schaunfenbuel, Vice President and CISO, Paychex, Inc.
  • Peter Stojanovic, Editor, HotTopics
  • Ronald Martey, CISO, GCB Bank
  • Howard Whyte, CISO, Truist
  • Karin Hone, Group CISO & Risk Officer, Barloworld

Nominations are now open:

Nominate a Future CISO who is making a difference and deserves global recognition. Let's celebrate the exceptional talents shaping the cybersecurity landscape.

  • Simply fill out the form below to begin your nomination
  • Nomination close 5th April 2024


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C-suite Awards FAQs

What criteria is used to evaluate nominees in each category?
You can find the criteria for each award on the award category's landing page. Typically, across each award, we are looking to identify leaders who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, cross-functional collaboration, and business impact.
Can individuals self-nominate, or must they be nominated by someone else?
We actively encourage individuals to self-nominate or nominate their peers. While we appreciate that third-party nominations may sometimes lack the same detail as first-person applications, we believe that this approach is pivotal to celebrating individuals who may not otherwise come forward, particularly those in minority groups.
Are there specific categories or sectors that the C-Suite Awards cover, or is it open to all industries?
The HotTopics C-Suite Awards is open to all industries and company sizes.
How will the winners be recognised, and what prizes or benefits come with receiving a C-Suite Award?
Winners are invited to attend the C-Suite Awards in-person or virtually at The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennesee, and at Abbey Road Studios in London. During each awards ceremony, winners can take part in live panel debates, short 'spotlight' stories to the audience and collect their award from the HotTopics team.
Furthermore, winners receive social media graphics that they can share with their online networks, and they are invited to attend post-event, educational masterclass sessions with industry thought leaders.

How can nominees showcase their achievements during the selection process?

We actively encourage individuals to provide us with as much detail as possible during the nomination process. Not only does this help our judges in evaluating each entry, but it often results in a greater chance the nominee makes their respective awards 100 list.
Once you have submitted the online form, you'll receive an email with some additional questions to complete. This is your chance to make your achievements (or those of a peer or colleague) stand out from the crowd.
Do I need to pay to enter the C-Suite Awards?
There is no fee to enter any of our awards. At HotTopics, we pride ourselves on the trust our community puts in us, and the credibility we have built in The Studio, the C-Suite Awards, and our editorial content.
I am unable to attend the C-Suite Awards ceremony. Can I still accept it?
Yes. The C-Suite Awards is a 12-month series of initiatives so there will be plenty of opportunities to pick up your award at another of our events.
Should this not be possible, we can also post your award to your home or office address - but please note this will come at personal expense.
Can I find out who voted for me?
You are welcome to ask the HotTopics team the question. Please note, however, third-party nominees rarely leave a name, or a reason for their nomination.
Can I vote for more than one person?