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Calling all security leaders: Join the 2023 Microsoft First Awards


If you have strengthened your security using Microsoft, then this competition is for you!

The Microsoft First Awards for Security and Compliance 2023 are now open to all existing Softwerx customers*.
There are great prizes to be won, including a Microsoft Surface Go.

Hear from last year's finalist

Altum Group's CIO Peter Messervey-Gross and his information security team were recognised for their outstanding achievements as Finalists in the inaugural Microsoft First Awards 2022 for Security and Compliance. He was named as Microsoft Visionary for his foresight in pioneering a streamlined, next-generation security stack. For Altum, Microsoft Secure Score and Azure Advisor now form part of Altum Group’s core Board metrics.
Peter comments, "Altum’s ‘Microsoft First’ journey began two years ago when we engaged Softwerx to give us some guidance. First, we aligned our commercial strategy with Microsoft’s technology stack, and then we took advantage of those solutions. In the past year, we’ve achieved a 40%+ increase in our Microsoft Secure Score posture.”
Learn more by watching the video!

How it works

Entering is easy, totalling a maximum of 500 words. The questions cover the 5 main benefits of using Microsoft security in your organisation:


The overall winner and finalists will be announced in late 2023.
To learn more, download the Invitation Pack.

Overall winner prizes

The overall winner will walk away with an array of great prizes:

  1. Microsoft Surface Go
  2. Engraved pen (‘Microsoft Visionary’)
  3. Personalised bottle of bubbly
  4. Custom digital swag pack to use on your emails, website, etc
  5. A bespoke Microsoft security assessment worth £3000
  6. Trophy

Finalist prizes

Finalists will win a set of excellent prizes too:

  1. Engraved pen (‘Microsoft Visionary’)
  2. Personalised bottle of bubbly
  3. Custom digital swag pack to use on your emails, website, etc
  4. Trophy


DISCLAIMER: This event is not endorsed by Microsoft, nor does it represent the views of Microsoft.

*For more information and eligibility criteria, see the Terms and Conditions.

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