Belgium Cyber Security Awards 2023 Announces Esteemed Winners

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The Belgium Cyber Security Awards 2023, a pinnacle event recognizing excellence and innovation in the realm of cybersecurity, proudly unveils this year's distinguished winners. Showcasing exceptional dedication, pioneering approaches, and unwavering commitment to fortifying digital landscapes, these recipients have set a new standard for cyber resilience and innovation in Belgium.

The Belgium Cyber Security Awards 2023, a pinnacle event recognizing excellence and innovation in the realm of cybersecurity, proudly unveils this year’s distinguished winners. Showcasing exceptional dedication, pioneering approaches, and unwavering commitment to fortifying digital landscapes, these recipients have set a new standard for cyber resilience and innovation in Belgium. 

The esteemed panel of judges, comprised of industry experts and thought leaders, rigorously assessed nominees across various categories, delving into their groundbreaking strategies, innovative technologies, and impactful contributions to the ever-evolving cyber defence landscape. 

The winners for the Belgium Cyber Security Awards 2023 are:  

1. Category: Cyber Security Personality Award: Miguel De Bruycker, Managing Director General of the Centre for Cybersecurity Belgium, recognized for his staunch dedication and decades-long commitment to elevating cybersecurity awareness in Belgium.  

 

Miguel’s exemplary leadership, coupled with exceptional organizational prowess, is evident in his substantial achievements spearheading the Centre for Cybersecurity Belgium. His profound impact on both the Belgian economy and society, shielding them from cybersecurity threats, is nothing short of remarkable. Belgium’s ascent to the top position on the EU Cybersecurity index stands as a testament to Miguel and the Centre for Cybersecurity Belgium’s relentless efforts, underscoring their pivotal role in fortifying the nation’s cybersecurity landscape. 

2. Category: Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Award: Siska Hallemeesch, Information Security Consultant active as a CISO as a Service – NVISO Belgium, acknowledged for her remarkable journey and profound accomplishments. 

 

Siska’s resilience in transitioning careers after a challenging experience reflects an incredible feat, showcasing perseverance and determination. As an influential role model, she shatters stereotypes, emphasizing the substantial contributions that employees with a long service record bring to the economy. Her thoughtful pivot to the role of a CISO demonstrates strategic foresight and adaptability. Operating in the demanding landscape of CISO as a Service, she navigates complexities far beyond those encountered in a traditional company-based CISO role. Her selection as the best candidate underscores her exceptional skill set, making her a standout in the field of cybersecurity leadership. 

3. Category: Cyber Security Educator/ Researcher Award: Kurt Callewaert,  Valorisation Manager Digital Transformation at Howest University of Applied Sciences, recognized for his monumental influence on the Flemish youth’s interest in cybersecurity education 

 

Kurt’s establishment of a robust organization at Howest, solidifying its position within the field, was lauded by the jury. His extensive efforts towards transforming the education system were commendable, notably in attracting young minds to the cybersecurity domain. His pivotal role in putting Howest on the map resonated strongly, evident in other educational institutions emulating his successful approach, ultimately contributing to a positive shift in the landscape of cybersecurity education across high schools and universities. 

4. Category: Young Cyber Security Professional Award: Inti De Ceukelaire, Chief Hacker Officer at Intigriti, celebrated for his exemplary role model in the industry and his outstanding achievements 

 

Inti’s substantial impact on the Flemish security landscape reverberated strongly among jurors, acknowledging his tireless efforts to redefine ethical hacking, transforming its perception from a potentially criminal act to a legitimate pursuit. His remarkable ability to unite and network individuals stood out, positioning him as an exemplary role model in the industry. Inti’s extensive and impressive CV spoke volumes about his expertise. Dynamic, sharp, and remarkably original, his perspective on security, emphasizing the attacker’s angle, showcased a distinctive approach rarely witnessed in the field.  

 “We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners of the Belgium Cyber Security Awards 2023,” said Jan De Blauwe, Chair of the Belgian Cyber Security Coalition, expressing admiration for the exceptional achievements showcased this year. “Your tireless efforts and groundbreaking contributions are instrumental in fortifying our digital world against evolving threats. You stand as beacons of inspiration for the entire cybersecurity community.” 

The Gala dinner, a highly anticipated event, unfolded at the Africa Palace in Tervuren, where cybersecurity professionals converged for the awards presentation in the presence of Justice Minister Paul Van Tigchelt.  

During the ceremony Minister Van Tigchelt extended heartfelt congratulations to all the finalists, acknowledging their exceptional candidacies and unwavering efforts. He bestowed the prestigious Cyber Security Personality trophy upon Miguel De Bruycker, commending him for this remarkable achievement, and extended best wishes to both Miguel and the CCB team for their future endeavours.  

The Belgium Cyber Security Awards will continue to serve as a platform that honours outstanding accomplishments and inspires the Belgian cybersecurity community to push the boundaries of innovation and resilience. 

About the Belgium Cyber Security Awards:  

The Belgium Cyber Security Awards recognize and celebrate exceptional achievements, innovation, and leadership in the field of cybersecurity, fostering a culture of excellence and continuous improvement within the industry. Established to honour groundbreaking contributions and forward-thinking initiatives, these awards serve as a benchmark for cybersecurity excellence in Belgium. 

The Belgium Cyber Security Awards is a programme organized by the Belgian Cyber Security Coalition in partnership with ISACA Belgium and Data News. 

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About the author

Cathy Suykens joined the Cyber Security Coalition in April 2018 as Operations Manager. She boasts a longstanding career in the financial services industry in different domains with various assignments abroad.