The Institute for Security and Technology (IST), in partnership with the Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law, is pleased to announce the inaugural edition of The Cyber Policy Awards—an annual gathering of the U.S. cyber policy community to honor and celebrate those who drove significant progress in the preceding year, and to make resolutions for the new year.
In this inaugural year, the event will take the form of a reception with presentations of the four core awards. Borrowing from popular U.S. entertainment industry awards, esteemed members of the cyber policy community will introduce the nominees and present awards. In future editions, the awards gala will include a banquet reception with live entertainment.
Core award categories
README: Award Definitions & Criteria
1. Definition. The term “cyber policy” shall be broadly defined as: “Governance efforts to advance for the common good any aspect of the global digital ecosystem, including but not limited to interoperability, access, trust, privacy, safety, security, stability, human rights, workforce, and the rule of law.” This may include thought leadership and action from individuals, academia, non-governmental organizations, technical standards bodies, industry specific fora, state or national governments, and formal or ad hoc international bodies.
2. Time period. Except as otherwise set forth in the special criteria of a particular award category, the contributions and accomplishments specified in a nomination must have taken place, or have come to fruition, during the calendar year (CY) in question. For the inaugural event, the performance period is CY 2023.
3. Eligible recipients. The description and criteria for each award category may specify an award as being intended for an individual recipient, a small group (defined herein as consisting of five or fewer named individuals), or an organization (which may involve a named subdivision of an organization). Where no such criterion is specified, nominations may involve any of the three recipient types. In all cases, submitters are encouraged to narrow a nomination to the key person, or people, who championed the celebrated achievement; judges may consider tailored nominations as particularly compelling.
4. Repeat nominations. Except as otherwise set forth in the special criteria of a particular award category, each nomination may be made only once, and not re-submitted in a subsequent year.
5. Exclusions. Nominations involving persons or activities regulated under the United States Code that seek to influence legislation (commonly known as lobbying), including equivalent state statutes and regulations, shall not be considered.
U.S. Domestic Policy Impact Award
International Policy Impact Award
Ecosystem Champion Award
Cyber Philanthropy/ist of the Year
Note: For 2025, Lifetime Achievement, and perhaps other award categories, will be added.
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As stated in the above award definitions and criteria, the contributions and accomplishments specified in a nomination must have taken place, or have come to fruition, during the calendar year in question. For the inaugural event, the performance period is calendar year 2023. Anyone may submit an award nomination; however, a proposed recipient may not self-nominate.
Judging panel and selection process
A group of esteemed individuals from across the cyber policy community will be empaneled as judges to review, rank, and select the finalist nominees and winner in each category. To ensure transparency and inspire confidence in the process, judges will soon be publicly named.
Nominees selected by the judges as finalists (no more than four per award category) will be announced publicly in advance of the event, which is itself a high honor. The winner will be unveiled during the event.
Recipients will receive the Cyber Policy Award of Merit, which features “The Atlas” statuette representing the ultimate symbol of strength and endurance. The Ancient Greek Titan Atlas bears the cosmos and turns the sky on his shoulders for eternity. Atlas’ burden represents the skill, strength, and commitment required to positively influence domestic and international cyber policy.