TalkTalk have been awarded the Biggest Cyber Blunder of the Year award, by the Cyber Security Awards. In a year with a large number of contenders, TalkTalk stood out due to the number of customers affected and poor communication from the company in the first few weeks. The judges commented that the information from the company was unclear in the first days and weeks, with CEO Baroness Harding, saying that she did not know whether information was encrypted. The viral image of Harding, in front of a Windows ME computer and VCR, cemented the judge’s decision. The company have lost customers and share price since the attack, but have also made improvements to their cyber security.

One judge commented “the company’s cyber defences were inadequate and many would agree, so was their handling of the breach. However, we would love to be awarding them Best Recovery at the 2017 awards! We know from the press that they have investigated thoroughly and are making company-wide improvements. They would be a very strong contender in that category and it would be a great turnaround for them.”

The Cyber Security Awards has 10 expert judges, who represent a broad spectrum of different backgrounds and organisations with the cyber industry. Their scores and debate will determine the 2016 Cyber Security Awards winners. The winners will be announced and celebrated during the awards dinner and presentation on June 23rd 2016 at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel. The ceremony will be attended by the finalists, industry leaders, judges and sponsors.

About the Cyber Security Awards
The Cyber Security Awards is a leading awards event for the cyber security industry. The event consisted of reception drinks, a 4 course meal and entertainment. The Cyber Security Awards is the ideal event to gain recognition for your success and to reward individuals or teams within the business. At the awards, you can network with leading industry professionals from consultancies, technology firms, defence businesses, FTSE250’s and public sector bodies.

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The Cyber Security Awards were established in 2014, to reward the best individuals, teams and companies within the cyber security industry. Excellence and innovation are core themes, throughout all categories.

A totally independent event, we have no affiliation to any magazines, organisations, or products. As a result, our judges are able to make all their decisions on merit alone.

The Cyber Security Awards team, reviews the industry, looking for the best possible applicants. We encourage all those, who are committed to progressing the industry, to apply. Our judges come from varied backgrounds, and are some of the most well regarded individuals within the industry. They will review all applications, deciding winners collectively at a judging day, held shortly before the event. Where required, further information may be requested to demonstrate any claims made in the application forms and references will be followed up.

Winners are announced at a black-tie awards ceremony, held this year on June 23rd at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel. The event is an exciting and fun evening as we find out who has the honour of being declared the winner! This year, all attendees will be able to vote on the night to decide the winner of the Best Security Company category. This is sure to add some extra tension and excitement to the evening.