Future CISO 100 2023: Vote now

The deadline for nominations is Friday 14 July.

Nominate yourself or a peer who you believe deserves recognition.

For the first time, HotTopics is delighted to announce the nomination window for the Future CISO 100 2023 is officially open.

This is a new and exciting opportunity to empower emerging leaders in the global security and technology community. We are inviting the HotTopics community of business leaders and wider audiences to nominate yourselves or your security peers if you or they display exceptional leadership, skills, critical and/or creative thinking and innovation, and want to be recognised for those efforts.


Why Future CISO 100?

HotTopics was the first media business to recognise the CISO, by launching the first CISO 100 list back in 2017. To continue our legacy of recognising and celebrating security talent, it is now time we do the same for emerging leaders. 

The function is evolving rapidly and emerging in times of unpredictability are individuals that can lead and collaborate across the business. They are not yet executives, but they are proving the adage that a business’ best product is its talent; the individuals they nurture today will be its leaders tomorrow. In other words, future CISOs have been solving today’s challenges in order to be the better leaders for tomorrow.

Their CISOs and Chief Risk Officers have emerged as figureheads for company profiles, partners to the business, and, increasingly, the next natural candidate for the CEO, as we have reported in their own awards list. It is not hyperbole therefore to suggest that these Future CISOs may also be candidates for the top roles across the industry, too, later in their careers.

Sound leadership is always worth celebrating. HotTopics and our Judges can’t wait to review your nominations and help shine a light on individuals going above and beyond their titles to address and advocate for change in an already competitive industry.

Please read the criteria below before submitting your nomination.


Future CISO 100 2023 Criteria

  • Currently a Head of, VP, SVP, or similar, leading a team within the technology function with a national, international or global team.
  • Demonstrated proactive leadership, combining business acumen with innovative strategies in creative or unique ways.
  • Emerging thought leader and/or public speaker, sharing the value of innovative capabilities to a wider audience.
  • Championing innovation to further or build positive impact solutions, sustainable practices and a more inclusive working environment.

Judging Panel

  • Bradley Schaunfenbuel, CISO, PayChex
  • Donna Ross, CISO, Radian
  • Liz Banbury, CISO, Hiscox
  • Alejandro Becerra, CISO, Telefonica


The deadline for nominations is Friday 14 July.

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