Tech advancements and increased sophistication of cyberattacks highlight both the value of and the need for greater cyber resiliency. In response to the ever-changing threat landscape, we’ve seen a significant evolution of government, so it’s time to recognize those driving innovation and advancing our nation’s cyber security.

MeriTalk is excited to open nominations for the Cyber Defenders Awards, where we’ll honor individuals who have made significant contributions across cyber programs in Federal IT. Award winners will be recognized at the May 17 Cyber Central and May 18 Cyber Smoke events.

Do you have what it takes or want to recognize a colleague? Submit a nomination today.

Award Category(Required)
In order to complete the nomination process, please email a high-res photo of the nominee (min. 3000x2500 at 300 PPI) to

March 1 – April 14, 5pm EDT

Award Ceremony
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Cyber Central
District Winery
Washington, D.C

Thursday, May 18, 2023
Cyber Smoke
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Washington, D.C.
The awards recognize winners in the following categories:
Award nominees must work in the Federal IT industry and exhibit strong leadership in cyber innovation in the field.