Reader Trust Awards
Winners in this category are chosen by a panel of readers whose members have been vetted and finalized by SC Magazine’s editorial team. The Reader Trust Voting Panel, therefore, represents a cross-section of SC Magazine readership – which is comprised of large, medium and small enterprises from all major vertical markets, including financial services, health care, government, retail, education and other sectors. Having volunteered their time and, most importantly, their knowledge of and experience with the contenders in the Reader Trust categories, members of this panel are tasked with carefully considering each of the competitors in each category to cast their votes. To reach their decision, not only will panelists review the materials provided by entrants, but also will consider whether the product or service in each category actually is the most effective in helping them and their companies address the problems for which the product or service was designed. Panelists also will be asked to consider the functionality, manageability, ease of use and scalability of the product or service, as well as the customer service and support provided for it. They also have been advised to peruse any applicable product reviews that SC Magazine has published in the last year to help in making their final decisions.
After the Reader Trust Voting Panel participants have cast their votes, SC Magazine’s product reviews team will step in to review the finalists in each category and, then, provide their opinions on which of the finalists seem fitting for inclusion based on their experience with and knowledge of the solutions competing. In the event that a particular product or service does not seem like an appropriate fit for a category, the product reviews team and VP of editorial will examine and make a final decision. (No refunds will be provided if a product is eliminated for failing to meet category criteria.)
Winners are decided by an expert panel of judges. These judges are hand-picked by SC Magazine’s editorial team for their breadth of knowledge and experience in the information security industry. Luminaries come from all walks of life – from enduser companies to the analyst and consulting communities to academia. Many are practicing and former chief security officers from the private and public sectors, who also may have been honored themselves at SC Awards galas in previous years. Not only are judges advised to review the materials provided by entrants, they also are asked to review any applicable research or analyst reports, as well as product reviews appearing in SC Magazine. There will be one winner chosen per category.
With the exception of the Editor’s Choice Award recipient, winners in the Professional Awards category will be decided by an expert panel of judges. Like the Excellence Awards, not only are judges advised to review the materials provided by entrants, they also are asked to review any applicable research or analyst reports, product reviews by SC Magazine, and/or any additional documentation/input provided by SC Magazine and/or other Haymarket Media publications. In some cases, the panel may be offered further insight or add additional notes from SC Magazine’s editorial team members who may decide to interview or already have interviewed contenders. There will be one winner chosen per category.
Editor’s Choice Award
Based on feedback from SC Magazine’s editorial team, its Editorial Advisory Board, readers and other sources, a small list of contenders for this designation is created internally. Those considered for this award can be industry bodies, professionals, companies or products. The award winner is decided by the VP, editorial director of SC Magazine and announced at the SC Awards Gala. This award enables the editorial team to pay homage to those individuals or entities that are making a positive impact on the industry as a whole.
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