New Zealand's annual showcase of excellence in Information Security.
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 - Te Papa, Wellington.
To formally recognise the achievements of outstanding New Zealand InfoSec professionals, companies and initiatives / events.
To inspire, promote and reflect on the New Zealand InfoSec industry and its people.
The iSANZ emblem, representing New Zealand's native falcon - one of the bravest, most ferocious of the falcon species against intruders to the nest.
Tickets for the 2018 iSANZ Awards are now available. Purchase here.
The 2018 iSANZ Awards judges are:
Entries in the 2018 iSANZ Awards have now closed.
Sponsored by Spark
This category is open to new information security / cyber security businesses founded in New Zealand and which have been operating for a maximum of five years.
NEW CATEGORY FOR 2018
Sponsored by Symantec
This category is open to security companies with superior security products or solutions that help customers tackle today's most pressing InfoSec challenges.
The 2017 winner was Aura Information Security.
The 2016 winner was RedShield.
The 2015 winner was Vodafone New Zealand.
Sponsored by Quantum Security
This category is open to companies or organisations who have successfully deployed and implemented a formal security awareness program covering outreach, education and assistance in order to raise internal and/or external awareness of InfoSec nationally.
The 2017 winner was Spark NZ.
The 2016 winner was PWC.
The 2015 winner was the Department of Internal Affairs.
Sponsored by Micro Focus
This category is open to companies or organisations who have successfully deployed and implemented an InfoSec security project or initiative. This category is also open to companies or organisations who have successfully initiated best InfoSec practices - identifying security gaps, and implementing specific security measures to a successful outcome.
The 2017 winner was CERT NZ.
The 2016 winner was Air New Zealand.
The 2015 winner was Axenic.
Sponsored by McAfee
This category is open to all individuals who are a newcomer to the world of Cyber/ InfoSec in NZ and has made a positive and impressive impact to our community.
CATEGORY INTRODUCED IN 2017
The 2017 winner was Erica Anderson.
Sponsored by Datacom, this nominated Award is open to a person, event or company who has made a significant contribution (above and beyond the normal standards and qualities / legacy outcomes) to the wider InfoSec community.
The 2017 Hall of Fame inductee was Dr Peter Gutmann.
The 2016 Hall of Fame inductee was NetSafe.
The 2015 Hall of Fame inductee was the 1st Tuesday Forum.
2018 iSANZ Awards News
The iSANZ Board has received some enquiries asking if the entry deadline for this year’s awards can be extended. The Board is happy to oblige.
The entry deadline has been extended by one week - to Friday, 21 September 2018.
Now in its fourth year, the iSANZ Awards honour individuals and organisations in five different categories for contributions to New Zealand’s world-class information security (InfoSec) industry.
The five categories are - 'Best Start-Up or New Business’, 'Best Security Company of the Year', 'Best Security Awareness Campaign', 'Best Security Project/ Initiative' and 'Up-and-coming Cyber Security Star'.
Nominations for the Hall of Fame Award - which honours a person, event or company that has made a significant contribution to the wider InfoSec community – are also being called for.
Make the most of the deadline extension and enter now! Entry form and full details can be found online at www.isanz.org.nz.
Last year's iSANZ Awards gala dinner, held at Te Papa Museum, attracted a full house from across New Zealand's InfoSec industry.
Preparations are now in full swing for the 2018 Awards. We're again expecting hundreds of people to attend the Awards gala dinner - also this year at Te Papa.
iSANZ consistently attracts loyal sponsors and supporters from the InfoSec industry. For those of you who haven't entered before, we thought it would be worth outlining some of the reasons why it's valuable to do so.
It's an independent benchmark of success...
Your entry acts like an objective external audit of your InfoSec project or initiative. By allowing the award judges to assess your work, you can gauge the robustness of your work. Plus, if you win, it's something you can proudly showcase to your clients and customers.
It's an opportunity for self reflection and focus...
Your entry can be used as an internal opportunity to assess the strengths of your InfoSec campaign or project. Plus, you can re-use parts of your entry for your own marketing - for example, on your website or as evidence of capability for potential new customers.
It's a way of recognising your team's hard work, and can open new doors...
By entering, you're showing you value your team’s efforts and are proud to showcase it to the NZ InfoSec industry. Plus, if you win, it is likely to attract industry attention, which can lead to new business opportunities.
It's a golden networking opportunity...
iSANZ is NZ's preeminent InfoSec awards function. Entering the iSANZ Awards and attending the gala dinner gives you an opportunity to circulate and get face time with others in the industry. Plus, the Award night is good fun, with engaging keynote speakers and plenty of great networking opportunities.
So, what are you waiting for. Enter now!
We have quite a line up of judges this year. They're an esteemed panel of technology executives, researchers, analysts and strategists with a huge amount of experience in the world of InfoSec. They’ll be looking at entries for impact, innovation, interest and achievement. And remember, iSANZ 2018 entries are open right up until 14 September 2018!
The judges this year are: Russell Craig, National Technology Officer at Microsoft NZ; Ryan Ko, Head of Cyber Security Lab & Associate Professor, University of Waikato; Peter Gutmann, Computer Scientist; Adrian van Hest, Partner and National Cyber Practice Lead at PwC; Jo Healey, NZ Global Technology Services Leader at IBM; Catherine Soper, Government Relations Manager at Vodafone NZ; Tom Maasland, Partner at MinterEllisonRuddWatts; Debbie Monahan, Former Domain Name Commissioner, now independent contractor; Jordan Carter, Chief Executive at Internet New Zealand.
Entries are now invited for the 4th annual iSANZ Awards. Spanning private, public and not-for-profit sectors, these prestigious Awards give New Zealand businesses, industry and individuals the opportunity to showcase outstanding achievements in information / cyber security awareness, projects and solutions.
Category entries and Hall of Fame nominations close Friday, 14 September 2018. The 2018 iSANZ Award categories are:
Best Security Project / Initiative – open to companies or organisations who have successfully deployed and implemented an InfoSec project or initiative; Or who have successfully initiated best InfoSec practices.
Best Security Awareness Campaign – open to companies or organisations who have successfully deployed and implemented a formal security awareness program covering outreach, education and assistance to raise awareness of InfoSec nationally.
Best Security Company of the Year – open to security companies with superior security products, services or solutions that help customers tackle today’s most pressing InfoSec challenges.
Up-and-coming Cybersecurity Star - open to all individuals who are a newcomer to the world of Cyber/ InfoSec in NZ and have made a positive and impressive impact to our community.
Best Start-Up or New Business (NEW CATEGORY FOR 2018) – open to new information security / cyber security businesses founded in New Zealand and which have been operating for a maximum of 5 years.
Each year the iSANZ Awards also honour a person, event or company that has made a significant contribution to the wider InfoSec community in a special nominated Hall of Fame Award. Nominations can be made by emailing email@example.com.
Entry information, including category descriptions, judging criteria, entry rules and entry form can be found at www.isanz.org.nz.
iSANZ Chair Kendra Ross says the diversity seen in the Award entries each year show that New Zealand has high achieving and dedicated InfoSec people the equal of anywhere in the world.
The iSANZ Awards are regarded as valuable recognition and reward for those demonstrating excellence, innovation and leadership.
“There is extraordinary leadership and growth happening in New Zealand information security. We urge businesses, industry and individuals to enter this year’s Awards to showcase the depth and breadth of their work, skills and talent,” says Kendra.
The 2018 iSANZ Awards are proudly sponsored and supported by several leaders in the information security market.
Those interested in becoming a sponsor or supporter can register their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 iSANZ Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held at Te Papa Museum, Wellington on the evening of Tuesday, 13 November 2018.
Our emblem is the karearea or New Zealand falcon - a symbol for courage, victory and rising above a situation.
The Falcon's adaptations include short, deep rounded wings, a long tail to maximise manoeuvrability and long legs and feet that enable it to catch small birds during surprise attacks. Its soft plumage is adapted to the forest environment, making the feathers more flexible and resistant to breaking in the rough and tumble that it often encounters when pursuing prey into thick cover.
A true New Zealand warrior you might say. Early scientists used to call it Falco ferox or ferocious falcon. These attributes make our ‘Karearea’ New Zealand falcon truly special – a unique species that has adapted to fulfil the roles that several species usually fill overseas.
The Falcon is a solar emblem for success, victory and rising above a situation in Native American Indian mythology. The Falcon created a powerful, intimidating figure and was associated with warfare. In European tradition, the Falcon represents the huntsman and is associated with the Germanic sky-gIn European culture the Falcon is considered a warlike symbol.
The 2018 iSANZ Awards are sponsored by Check Point, SailPoint, McAfee, Spark, Micro Focus, Liverton Security, Datacom, Symantec, Quantum Security, Aura Security Systems and Duo.
The 2018 iSANZ Awards are supported by ConnectSmart, WestconComstor, Duo, NZITF, PS Duo, SiteHost and 1st Tuesday.