Security Blogger Awards 2018 Voting Is Open

security blogger awardsI am happy to report that voting for the 2018 Social Security Blogger Awards is open. This is, I think, the 10th year of the blogger awards, which is kind of difficult for me to wrap my head around. As usual, the winners will be announced at the Security Bloggers Meetup @ RSAC. The awards have always been by bloggers, for bloggers, and is meant to recognize the very best of the many people who cover our industry.

If you are not familiar, the Bloggers Meetup @ RSAC and then the Security Blogger Awards started about 13 or 14 years ago. Many of us blogging about security had interacted over the inter-webs but never actually met in real life. Many of us were at the RSA Conference (RSAC), so we decided to get together for beers and talk security blogging. I don’t remember everyone at that first meetup, but I do remember Rich Mogul, Mike Rothman, Martin McKeay and Michael Farnum were present. We found that we really enjoyed talking shop and spending some time catching up in person. It was much better than online (maybe there is a lesson there?). Even more importantly, we found companies were willing to sponsor our meetups and pay for beer!

You don’t have to be present at the bloggers meetup to vote, but voting for the Security Blogger Awards is really for people who write, podcast or cover the security space. If you are one of those people, not only can you cast your vote in the Blogger Awards, but you also can get an invite to the Bloggers Meetup—just drop me a line at

This year’s finalists for each category are listed below. Note that these are the finalists nominated by our judges—you are free to write in your choice of any blog or podcast for any of the categories.

most educational blog most entertaining blog best new security blog or podcast best security podcast best corporate security blog





































Good look to all of the finalists and may the best blogs and podcasts win. See you at RSAC.

Alan Shimel

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Alan Shimel

Throughout his career spanning over 25 years in the IT industry, Alan Shimel has been at the forefront of leading technology change. From hosting and infrastructure, to security and now DevOps, Shimel is an industry leader whose opinions and views are widely sought after.

Alan’s entrepreneurial ventures have seen him found or co-found several technology related companies including TriStar Web, StillSecure, The CISO Group, MediaOps, Inc., and the DevOps Institute. He has also helped several companies grow from startup to public entities and beyond. He has held a variety of executive roles around Business and Corporate Development, Sales, Marketing, Product and Strategy.

Alan is also the founder of the Security Bloggers Network, the Security Bloggers Meetups and awards which run at various Security conferences and Security Boulevard.

Most recently Shimel saw the impact that DevOps and related technologies were going to have on the Software Development Lifecycle and the entire IT stack. He founded and then the DevOps Institute. is the leading destination for all things DevOps, as well as the producers of multiple DevOps events called DevOps Connect. DevOps Connect produces DevSecOps and Rugged DevOps tracks and events at leading security conferences such as RSA Conference, InfoSec Europe and InfoSec World. The DevOps Institute is the leading provider of DevOps education, training and certification.

Alan has a BA in Government and Politics from St Johns University, a JD from New York Law School and a lifetime of business experience. His legal education, long experience in the field, and New York street smarts combine to form a unique personality that is always in demand to appear at conferences and events.

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