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Global InfoSec Awards for 2022 – FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions



Here are the entry deadlines and nomination fees, which we’ve reduced to help those who had a difficult 2021 due to COVID-19 and added additional discounts for two or more entries (the more entries, the steeper the discount):

Awards Entry Timeframe Price Two or more entries… Start End
Super Early Bird $595 starting at $550 down to $495 each 9/1/2021 10/1/2021
Early Bird $695 starting at $650 down to $595 each 10/2/2021 11/3/2021
Normal Entry $795 starting at $750 down to $695 each 11/4/2021  01/06/2022
Late Entry $995 starting at $850 down to $795 each 12/29/2021 1/10/2022


Check out the Award Categories, here.  This will open a new browser window.

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)


What are the submission requirements?

This is Cyber Defense Magazine’s tenth year of honoring cyber defense innovators. Our submission requirements are for any startup, early stage, later stage or public companies in the INFORMATION SECURITY (INFOSEC) cyber defense space who believe they have a unique and compelling value proposition for their executives, products or services.  Your company can be located anywhere in the world.

Can we pay now and submit our nomination forms later?

Yes, we’ve made it easier this year, just go to the purchase my nomination page, found here:

Global InfoSec Awards 2022 – Apply Today | Cyber Defense Awards

Where is the nomination form?

Global InfoSec Awards for 2022 – Nomination Form | Cyber Defense Awards

Can we apply even if we will not be attending the conference?

Yes, we even have a virtual red carpet for winners – we’ll ship you your trophy before RSA Conference opens.  We also have the most annual online traffic spike during RSA Conference, a huge social media following and one of the top keywords #CDM during RSA Conference – we’ll use this and much more to get the word out if you win.

Can we win even if we are a start-up company?

Yes, this award program dives at the product level, so it doesn’t matter if you are a seed, startup, early-stage, later stage or public  InfoSec company since it is not based on your company’s structure or history even with the company’s financials, it’ll only be based on the uniqueness and compelling value proposition of your executives, products or services.

What are the chances of winning?

Our judges select winners for each category and then determine one of the following eight options: “BEST”, “CUTTING EDGE”, “HOT COMPANY”, “EDITOR’S CHOICE”, “LEADER”, “MOST INNOVATIVE”, “NEXT GEN” and “PUBLISHER’S CHOICE”. So, there’s really a high chance of winning.

The category we’d like to apply for is not listed in the list of categories, can we create our own category?

Yes, you may choose the category you think is the best fit for your company. And you can even create your own category (subject to judging approval). You’ll just need to indicate it in the nomination form and we’ll get it to our judges for a rapid review and response.

If we choose a more expensive package is there a higher chance to get the award?

It makes sense that there is a higher chance of winning if you take advantage of a more expensive package since it contains more entries. The more entries you apply for in multiple categories you fit into, the higher chance of winning in at least one of them.

What are the average impressions of the banners?

We’ve tightened up our banner engine and it evenly displays banners across six of our highest traffic receiving websites.  We limit the total number of banners to ensure more impressions and higher click through rates.  If the monthly traffic (which ranges annually from 500,000 monthly visits to over 5,000,000 during a spike such as the week of RSA Conference, where we are a major (platinum level) media sponsor) is let’s say 1,000,000 unique visitors, and there are 10 banners, each banner would receive 100,000 monthly impressions with a 2-5% click through rate.

 If we buy a co-marketing package but do not win an award, will we still get the inclusions of the package?

Taking advantage of the co-marketing package is a win-win for you and the best choice, since even if you’ll not win an award, you will still be able to use the co-marketing opportunities included in it to market your products and services to the perfect demographic buying audience of IT and InfoSec professionals.

We will not participate in RSA Conference 2022 is there in general still a chance to do the interview (integrated into the package) or what else do you have to offer instead of the interview?

RSA Conference for 2022 is planned as a hybrid (in person and virtually), so with the CDTV hot seat interview it can be done virtually and remotely through Zoom including the CDTV guest background file which makes it appear that you are in our normal RSA Conference studio. Regarding the schedule, our team will coordinate with you regarding the availability of your executive and will set a date for the interview.

What will winners receive beyond all your incredible marketing coverage and buzz?

  • Award logo shield and description published in our 10th annual edition distributed online and throughout the RSA Conference 2022 in San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Your Company’s name and award-winning product in “Cyber Defense Global InfoSec Awards of 2022” listing in the 10th anniversary special edition of the magazine.
  • Sample template for your press release about the award that can be used by you for media circulation throughout the year.
  • High quality acrylic award will be given to you in time for our Virtual Red-carpet Photo-op or hand delivered to your booth or mailed (reasonable fees for repackaging and reshipping may apply, especially for overseas shipments).
  • A high-resolution award shield will be emailed to you for your press release along with the shared rights of award logo usage throughout the year.
  • You’ll be included vial the link to winners in our email to over 200K subscribers, many of whom are buyers of InfoSec products, services and solutions.

Interested in Applying?

If you’re looking for a major marketing boost at incredibly discounted rates, go here, first:

Global InfoSec Awards for 2022 – Our Best Ever Co-marketing and Awards Entry Packages | Cyber Defense Awards

If you just simply want to apply for one or more award categories, go here:

Global InfoSec Awards 2022 – Apply Today | Cyber Defense Awards

Step 1.   Select a Category to Apply for a Cyber Defense Global InfoSec Award for 2022.
Step 2.  Click the Apply Now button and make your application payment using Paypal or Stripe.
Step 3.  Fill out the nomination form.

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 for your category, these include various possible awards per category. They are “BEST”, “HOTTEST”, “EDITOR’S CHOICE”, “MOST INNOVATIVE” and “NEXT GENERATION”. If you already believe your product deserves one of these four award types in your category, simply make note of that in your communications with our team.  We’ll then follow-up with you, shortly, to collect more information about your company, products and/or services.

Tell me more about the judging?

The judges are CISSP, FMDHS, CEH, certified security 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 Cyber Defense Products and Services. Announcements will be made for all our winners in our press release, at the RSA Conference expo and on our website on the week of February 7th through the 10th, 2021.

Why are our Awards So Important?

This will be our tenth year of delivering these awards for the most innovative and valuable cyber defense companies from around the globe.  We’ve been a major media sponsor of the RSA Conference for years in the USA and are expanding throughout Europe and Asia as we deliver between 100 to 150+ pages of a high quality, color, digital edition magazine to thousands of attendees at the biggest InfoSec conference in the world, in these key locations.  There is prestige associated for winners of these awards.

Winning a Global InfoSec 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 in select categories.  It will be your opportunity to shine in the spotlight throughout 2022 and beyond.  We have the following growing INFOSEC and IT readership (many are CISOs and VPs of IT and InfoSec professionals –  cyber security product and service buyers) viewer, listener and readership:

Social Media Status as of September 15, 2020 (growing daily):

  • Over 200k opt in email subscribers with 50k being CISOs
  • Over 1m-5m DNS Queries on all of our platforms, combined
  • Over 250k InfoSec Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook followers

All normal or early entry winners will be published in the annual Cyber Defense Magazine RSA Conference special edition and will have their award available for a Red Carpet Photo-op or personally delivered to their booth by CDM during the RSA Conference 2022.  If you are not at this conference you can easily arrange for us to ship you your award (minor shipping/handling/duties upcharge).  There are also many options to help you leverage the marketing opportunities, electronically, throughout the year.

If you have other questions, we’ll gladly answer them at [email protected] and potentially add them here for others.

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  1. Applying for an award helps bolster your credibility to current and future employees, investors, partners and customers.
  2. If you feel your company fits in multiple award categories, you can apply for more than one category and increase your odds of being named a winner.
  3. Helps build brand awareness:  there’s tremendous buzz around our awards programs during the RSA Conference.
  4. Our audience alone, and up to 5 million monthly visitors to our platforms, during RSA Conference including our 200k opt-in email subscribers and nearly that amount of social media followers puts us in the top three keywords and RSA Conference media partner highest traffic sites during the awards announcement and the conference.
  5. These awards are an excellent marketing tool, as part of one of the top leading cyber security news and information source.
  6. Helps you broaden your network and increase interest by potential customers, who might not have heard of your company elsewhere.
  7. It’s the perfect sales tool – the winners will be announced and published in the RSA annual edition of CDM wherein it will be distributed to major industries including their CISOs, VPs, IT Staff and much more.
  8. We love new categories and innovators – if you don’t find your category, let us know and the judges will most likely approve adding it.
  9.  We spend tens of thousands of dollars marketing the awards, the red carpet, our Annual Edition of our Magazine, just for RSA Conference, the CDTV hotseat interviews and much more.  If you win, you will be in the spotlight and gain industry notoriety, especially with what we have planned for our 10th year of this awards program and our 10th anniversary in business.
  10. While our Black Unicorn Awards are focused on ‘soon to be worth $1B’ infosec companies, these Global InfoSec Awards are more geared towards highlighting all categories of InfoSec and all types of cybersecurity companies are welcome to apply, from startups to public companies to help CISOs and IT Staff find market leaders as well as innovative solutions from all over the Globe, to be showcased during the biggest cybersecurity show on earth – the RSA Conference USA.




Sample winners from last year on our virtual red carpet:












…and some show floor very happy winners from prior RSA Conferences:

Will you be next?