I could do with a little favour…

Graham Cluley
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Cybersecurity award


I’m honoured to have been nominated for the title of “Cybersecurity Educator of the Year” at the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards.

But here’s the problem. I’ve basically forgotten to tell anybody about it. And voting closes in the next couple of days at the end of February.

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If I’ve ever helped you stay safer online, or if you have enjoyed one of my videos, I would be so grateful if you could cast a quick vote at http://cybersecurity-excellence-awards.com/candidates/graham-cluley/. All it takes is a click or two – and every vote counts!

And, of course, you can check out the other fine people nominated for the cybersecurity educator award if you would rather choose one of them!

Education in online safety is so important, and even if I don’t manage to scrabble together enough votes in time it’s good to see this important piece to the puzzle is being recognised.


Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

12 comments on “I could do with a little favour…”

  1. Monica

    I'm sorry this is a misleading headline, it's not a favor your asking. I think after watching and listening to your regular posts and videos It's a pleasure to vote for you, no favors involved!

    1. Graham CluleyGraham Cluley · in reply to Monica

      Very kind of you to say (and vote!). Thanks Monica!

    2. Spryte · in reply to Monica
  2. Martin Ward

    Graham, an excellent CyberSecurity Educator worthy of the name should be able to ensure a win without any desperate appeals. Never mind, I have fired up my Kali VirtualBox machine and done the job for you. It was a bit sticky penetrating cybersecurity-excellence-awards.com, but I got in eventually. I did have a spot of bother with their MySQL database record formatting, however, so I'm afraid you're set to win by a convincing but rather suspicious margin of some 50,000 votes rather than the 500 I had planned. Still, if you're going to be excellent, you might as well be really, really excellent, don't you think?

    Good luck – not that you need it!

    1. Graham CluleyGraham Cluley · in reply to Martin Ward

      Thanks – I think!

      (I really hope you're joking… )

      1. coyote · in reply to Graham Cluley

        Oh hell, even if he wasn't joking (and I can't imagine he isn't) it's not your doing so what's the matter ? For you it's perfect. He might have problems but those are his problems and there are so many others that will take his place – most legally (not that I think he did it illegally …).

    2. coyote · in reply to Martin Ward

      Classic. Thanks for that.

      It makes me think of something I often thought of with auctions on eBay and similar things: if it were only legal (and not problematic which I note in the case of eBay there would be complications) to make it so I control when the auction ended. Of course the auto-bid would be a problem unless I could do my final bid at the very moment (or better yet: make it so I win no matter what, preferably at the cheapest price (would that be free ? :) ). And then there is the issue of changing their system clock would cause serious server problems.

      Perhaps ironically the complications only occurred to me later on. But it's probably also not ironic since it was obviously selfishly contrived, it amused me and combining this with I wanted said item (hence 'selfishly contrived') and it doesn't take much to see why I'd not think of these things first.

  3. Jeremy S

    You really need to go here
    Then find Graham Cluley and click on Vote, then give him 5 stars since he is worth it :)

    When I clicked on the link in the article above it appeared as if I had already voted.

  4. coyote

    When I opened the RSS feed and saw:

    'I could do with a little favour…'

    I knew what this was about although I didn't know which specific award. You can probably put it together that I've voted. Although for me it's more like entertainment (and humour is always appreciated and you know me enough but I'll say it anyway … the puns are especially appreciated!) and something of a quick glance of some of the current issues (the fact I've not been subscribed to the many lists in some time is circumstantial although I probably should be .. I just tend to forget since I keep systems updated etc.). For many others it is an education though, and that is the most important for the global Internet security! Congratulations on the nomination and good luck as always!

  5. David L

    Voted !!!!! And commented. Only 46 votes so far, perhaps we should tweet out as well.

    Thanks Graham for your tireless efforts. And good luck!

  6. Gideon Amsel


    I appreciate what you are doing here, and the information and videos you provide are excellent. But, Cybersecurity Educator of the year?

    Cybersecurity Professional of the year I would agree to. Cybersecurity Educator of the year no.

    1. coyote · in reply to Gideon Amsel

      Yes, Gideon. It's a huge conspiracy of the decade… all his fans have paid out the organisation who have set up the poll, bribing them to add him to this category. We've done similar for other awards, too.

      I personally paid £5000 for this one and all of my dogs and cats have paid around £100 each. I believe David paid out about £499. I think Martin outdid us all and went as far as £500000.

      The fact remains Graham raises awareness and oddly enough you could say that that is educating people, unless of course you don't have a full grasp on language (maybe we should hire a 'linguistic educator' for you ? I'll chip in £1 to start and I suspect that is far too charitable).

      Otherwise: don't vote. But not voting for your cited reasons seems to be absurd. Personally – and I imagine many others agree (whether they are actually aware of the website or not is hardly relevant to my points) – I'd be embarrassed even suggesting such a reason, especially when you consider it might give him more coverage which will help others (but also that it's petty)

      You don't seem to be too appreciative except in words and words mean very little in things like this (as in showing appreciation); at least they don't mean nearly as much as words and actions. I'd say that it'd be better if you hadn't even written a response at all but I also realise we all think differently (and I'm very grateful for this for many reasons including one that should be very obvious).

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