Black Unicorn Awards for 2022 – Fact Sheet


There are approximately 4,000 cybersecurity companies in the world.  Approximately 100 will be named a Top InfoSec Innovator in the World for 2022.  There is no charge for an innovative cybersecurity company to apply for the Top InfoSec Innovator category, however, those who are selected for this prestigious title, must showcase their innovative solution at CyberDefenseCon 2022.  More information on this incredible opportunity is found here.

In parallel, the Cyber Defense Black Unicorn Awards are now open for entry with a specific category for the Black Unicorns – cybersecurity companies with the potential to be worth $1B valuation within the next 1-3 years and Baby Black Unicorns for those cybersecurity companies with the potential to be worth $1B valuation within the next 3-5 years.  Only ten companies will be named as Black Unicorns this year, with a reasonable number of finalists/baby black unicorns, depending upon the materials provided in the nomination and the judges analysis.  We are in our 10th year and most importantly, winners will be Announced on October 27, 2022 at CyberDefenseCon 2022.  This will all be included in our annual Black Unicorn Report for 2022, distributed on October 27, 2022 at CyberDefenseCon 2022 and then worldwide online and to hundreds of thousands of our opt-in email subscribers.

There will be opportunities for all of these winners to showcase their solutions at our exclusive invite-only conference to the Top CISOs in the World.

Here are the entry deadlines and prices:

Awards Promo Price Start End
Early Bird $695 6/20/2022 7/04/2022
Normal Entry $795 7/05/2022 8/20/2022
Late Entry $995 8/21/2022 9/23/2022

LATE ENTRIES ALLOWED – HOWEVER THEY WILL NOT MAKE SHOW EDITION IF CHOSEN AS A WINNER AND WILL NOT RECEIVE THEIR TROPHY UNTIL AFTER THE SHOW.   HOWEVER, LATE ENTRY WINNERS WILL RECEIVE MOST OTHER BENEFITS.  ALL TROPHIES SHIPPED FOR NO EXTRA CHARGE TO US OFFICES OR CYBERDEFENSECON 2022 IN ORLANDO, FL, USA.  DUE TO ONGOING INTERNATIONAL COVID RESTRICTIONS AND INCREASED DUTIES AND TAXES, THERE ARE EXTRA FEES FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING.

In Person Red Carpet Awards Photo-ops and Online Virtually for all winners and finalists will include live social media posting during and throughout the show schedule at CyberDefenseCon 2022.

Why are our Awards So Important?

In the venture capital industry, a unicorn refers to any tech startup company that reaches a $1 billion-dollar market value as determined by private or public investment.

The black unicorn awards are designed to help showcase companies with this kind of potential. Ultimately, the judging in our awards is tough and it’s still up to those notable mentions, finalists and the winners to execute a flawless business model to reach this potential. It takes innovation, dedication, passion – the right team and the right cyber security solution, harmoniously executed to become a unicorn.

This will be our tenth year of delivering these awards for the most innovative and valuable cyber defense companies from around the globe.  We’re a market leader in Cybersecurity awards, news and information in the USA and are expanding throughout Europe and Asia as we deliver an incredible, high quality, color, digital edition Black Unicorn Report for 2022 online and available to potentially thousands of attendees at one of most select, invite-only InfoSec conference in the world, CyberDefenseCon 2022.  There is prestige associated for winners of these awards and opportunities to sell to the Fortune 500 CISO audience.

Winning a Black Unicorn award helps with media coverage, sales, marketing, investment and credibility to rise above the noise.  With over 4,000 cyber defense companies around the globe boasting the best executives, team, products or services, we help you get above the noise of this large group – we only select a small number – 10 of the most innovative very successful infosec companies who are changing the landscape in cybersecurity who could have a $1B valuation over time.  It will be your opportunity to shine in the spotlight throughout year end of 2022 and beyond.  We have the following growing INFOSEC and IT readership (many are cyber defense product and service buyers) professionals’ audience:

Social Media Status as of June, 2022 (growing daily):

  • Millions of DNS Queries on our main website, monthly
  • Over 200,000 opt-in email subscribers with 50k being CISOs
  • Over 250,000 InfoSec Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn followers

All winners will be published in the annual Black Unicorn Report for 2022 special edition and will have their award available for an person and virtual Red Carpet Photo-op delivered to their attention at the CyberDefenseCon 2022 conference.  If you are not at this conference you can easily arrange for us to ship you your award at no extra charge, in advance, anywhere in the USA or internationally (extra charges will apply).  There are also many options to help you leverage the marketing opportunities, electronically, throughout the year.

About Black Unicorn Awards for 2022

This is Cyber Defense Magazine’s tenth year of honoring cyber defense innovators with a focus on this specific category of cybersecurity excellence.  Our submission requirements are for high growth and high valuation infosec companies who believe they could be valued at $1B or more within 1-3 years or for Baby Black Unicorns, 3-5 years.  The company must be in a high growth revenues stage to be a winner – it’s really all about your rapid trajectory through execution and market adoption.  This is a very hard category to win and a very coveted award.

What Winners Will Receive:

Award logo shield and description published in the annual Black Unicorn Report for 2022 distributed electronically online during Cyber Defense Conference 2022 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Your Company’s name as a “Black Unicorn for 2022” listing in the special edition of the Black Unicorn Report for 2022.

Unlimited full-page press release/ executive or product or service release /article promotion about the award that can be used by you for media circulation throughout the year.

Online downloadable PDF certificate and high-quality acrylic award will be given to you on our Red-carpet Photo-op at the show, online, virtually and mailed to your US Offices (extra fees for international shipping will apply) or directly to Cyber Defense Conference 2022 in Orlando, Florida, USA.  A high-resolution PDF of the award will be emailed to you for your press release along with the shared rights of award logo usage throughout the year.

Interested in Applying?

Submissions open now and begin here:   https://www.cyberdefenseawards.com

While our Judges will decide (based upon follow up information we’ll request from you) if you will be a finalist and possibly a winner, we’ll let you know in time to share it with the media and in time for Cyber Defense Conference 2022 on October 27, 2022.

About the Judging

The judges are information security investors and professionals who will be voting based on their independent review of the Company materials on the website of each submission including but not limited to data sheets, white papers, product literature and other market variables. CDM has a flexible philosophy to find more innovative players with great executives, new and unique technologies, than the one with the most customers or money in the bank. CDM is always asking “What’s Next?” so we are looking for Next Generation & Future Market Leaders. Announcements will be made for all our winners in our press release, at Cyber Defense Conference 2022 on October 27, 2022.

Judges this year include:

  • Dino Boukouris, Founder & Managing Director, MomentumCyber
  • Robert Ackerman, Chairman & CEO of AllegisCyber
  • Dr. Peter Stephenson, Director of CDM Labs
  • Gary S. Miliefsky, CISSP, Publisher of Cyber Defense Magazine

The Top InfoSec Innovators in the World including The Black Unicorns

will be Announced on October 27, 2022 at CyberDefenseCon 2022

ENTRIES FOR THE BLACK UNICORN AWARDS FOR 2022 OPENS JUNE 20, 2022


   


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