Black Unicorn Awards 2021 – Categories


 


The following categories are open for nominations this year.   The judging is even more challenging this year.  While we will have numerous finalists, there will be only 10 winners in each category, announced during the opening of Black Hat USA 2021.  Our judges this year are Dr. David DeWalt of NightDragon, Robert Ackerman, Jr. of Allegis Cyber, Dr. Peter Stephenson of CDM Labs and Gary Miliefsky, CISSP and Publisher of Cyber Defense Magazine.  Learn more about the Judges by clicking here.

Please note, each category has its own unique nomination form.  The first step is to make your payment or choose your package deal then to fill out the correct nomination form.  Unpaid nominations will not be accepted.

Here our our Categories:

  • Top 10 Black Unicorns
  • Top 10 Baby Black Unicorns
  • Top 10 Cybersecurity Startups
  • Top 10 MSSPs
  • Top 10 Women in Cybersecurity
  • Top 10 Cybersecurity Experts
  • Top 10 Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs)

How to Apply:

  1. Apply Now and pay for all categories you are applying for or Choose a Package Deal to include multiple applications and co-marketing.
  2. Once you have made your payment you will receive an email with a link to the Nomination form.

Choose which categories you wish to enter, follow the instructions at Apply Now or Package Deal page, then you’ll be able to fill out the Nomination Form for each category:


Top 10 Black Unicorns

Judging Criterial:  may be founded anytime and may have raised any amount of financing, however, you have significant backing and/or customer revenues over $20M annually and are on target to become a publicly traded company or be acquired at a $1B USD or high valuation within 36 months.

About Your Company:  you are a cybersecurity later growth stage player who has raised more than one round of venture capital and have significant growing revenues with such a powerful and innovative solution to protect your customers that with proper management and continued growth, you will be able to go public or be acquired at a $1B US or higher valuation within the next three years.


Top 10 Baby Black Unicorns

Judging Criterial:  must be founded within the last 60 months ie startup to early stage and have not raised more than $50M USD and must have over $1M in annual revenues.

About Your Company:  you are a cybersecurity startup to early stage player who has raised at least one round of venture capital and have early, growing revenues with such a powerful and innovative solution to protect your customers that with proper management and continued growth, you may become a full grown “Black Unicorn” within 3-5 years and go public or be acquired at a $1B or higher valuation.


Top 10 Cybersecurity Startups 

Judging Criterial:  must be founded within the last 36 months and have not raised more than $50M USD and may have no revenues yet or under $3m in annual revenues.

About Your Company:  you are a cybersecurity startup from seed capital to your first venture round and just getting rolling with early revenues and have an innovative solution to protect your customers


Top 10 MSSPs

Judging Criterial:  may have been incorporated anytime and can be at any stage of funding with outstanding sales and corporate growth, industry presence and very happy customers.

About Your Company:  you are a managed security service provider of significant size and/or record year over year growth with a significant customer base and the right mix of people, processes and technology to deploy a best of breed managed security service offering.


Top 10 Women in Cybersecurity

Judging Criterial:  you are a women who has given years of your life to your and those around you betterment in the field of cybersecurity.

About You: you are talented and have significant accomplishments.  You may be an author, inventor, founder, team member, sales or marketing expert or in any other role where you make significant and noticeable contributions to cybersecurity.


We’ve also opened our annual Women in Cybersecurity ScholarshipMeet last year’s winner.  Do you think you have what it takes?  Apply today, by clicking here.


Top 10 Cybersecurity Experts

Judging Criterial:  you are a well recognized and established expert in cybersecurity.

About You: you are talented and have significant accomplishments.  You may be an author, inventor, founder, team member, expert in any role where you make significant and noticeable contributions to the field of cybersecurity.


Top 10 Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs)

Judging Criterial:  you are a well recognized and established Chief Information Security Officer working in any vertical market (including government) providing regulatory compliance and cybersecurity defensive services to your company or organization.

About You: you are talented and have significant accomplishments in the role of CISO.