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    The prestigious award, a new Webbys initiative, recognizes mission-driven work for social impact

    NEW YORK — February 17, 2022 — Axonius, the leader in cybersecurity asset and SaaS management, today announced that Hacker Valley Media, the popular cybersecurity podcast studio, was named as one of the winners of the inaugural Anthem Awards, a new initiative of The Webby Awards. The studio received the Silver Anthem Award in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Special Projects category for its work on We Are Here, which explores the crucial role people of color and other historically marginalized groups play in cybersecurity. 

    The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences created the Anthem Awards to reward projects with a major social impact. Hacker Valley Media’s inclusion represents a watershed moment in global recognition of cybersecurity as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion within the field. Hacker Valley Media Co-Founders Chris Cochran and Ron Eddings, who also serve as creative directors at Axonius, join some of the world’s most prominent organizations and entertainers as Anthem Award recipients, including Trevor Noah, Google, Microsoft, HBO, and CNN. 

    “We feel passionately about amplifying black voices — and other underrepresented voices — in cybersecurity and technology because representation is key to bringing more diverse talent into the industry,” said Cochran. “We started this series because having difficult conversations about diversity and inclusion is massively important. We wanted to give people, both the underrepresented and allies, a safe place to have authentic, open dialogue, share their experiences, and discuss pathways for solving this pervasive challenge.”

    As part of the We Are Here series, Cochran and Eddings have interviewed prominent figures, such as finance expert Patrice Washington and Congresswoman Yvette Clark, as well as cybersecurity industry leaders. The first season focused on the experiences of people of color in tech, while the second season contextualizes this discussion in a broader set of diversity, equity, and inclusion topics. Future episodes will focus on these topics in the context of the broader technology industry. 

    “It is our distinct honor to recognize the work that brands, organizations, and individuals are all making to create an impact in their community,” said Jessica Lauretti, Managing Director, The Anthem Awards. “We launched this platform to show the world that all corners of our culture, from sports and entertainment to business leaders and celebrities, are all standing up to say, it is time for systemic change and that social good is what we value as a society.”

    Hacker Valley Media will join the other award recipients in a virtual award ceremony at 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. For more information about the Anthem Awards, including how to watch the award ceremony, visit

    To learn more about Hacker Valley Media, and to listen to episodes of We Are Here and other podcasts, visit

    About The Anthem Awards:

    The Anthem Awards, the Webby Awards’ newest initiative, was developed to recognize the breadth of social good work (online and offline) around the globe by honoring the organizations, brands, and people creating long-lasting impact; including, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Education, Art, & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology; and Sustainability, Environment, & Climate. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards are defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities. Founded in partnership with the Ad Council, Born This Way Foundation, Feeding America, Glaad, Mozilla, NAACP, NRDC, WWF, and XQ.

    About Hacker Valley Media

    Hacker Valley Media, founded by Ron Eddings and Chris Cochran, leverages podcasts, live streams, and other video content to explore the human condition within cybersecurity and technology. Their goal is to empower and inspire people to live out their purpose inside and outside of the office. Find them on the Hacker Valley website, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Patreon, and all major podcast platforms. 

    About Axonius

    Axonius gives customers the confidence to Control Complexity by mitigating threats, navigating risk, automating response actions, and informing business-level strategy. With solutions for both cyber asset attack surface management (CAASM) and SaaS management, Axonius is deployed in minutes and integrates with hundreds of data sources to provide a comprehensive asset inventory, uncover gaps, and automatically validate and enforce policies. Cited as one of the fastest-growing cybersecurity startups, with accolades from CNBC, Forbes, and Fortune, Axonius covers millions of assets, including devices and cloud assets, user accounts, and SaaS applications, for customers around the world. For more, visit

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