• iSANZ iSANZ Awards

  • Tuesday 12 November 2019


Tuesday 12 November 2019

iSANZ Awards


New Zealand's annual showcase of excellence in Information Security.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 - Te Papa Museum, Wellington.

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Our mission

To formally recognise the achievements of outstanding New Zealand InfoSec professionals, companies and initiatives / events.

Our Goal

To inspire, promote and reflect on the New Zealand InfoSec industry and its people.

The Kārearea

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


To secure tickets for the 2019 iSANZ Awards gala awards dinner, click here. The gala dinner will be held at Te Papa on the evening of Tuesday 12 November 2019.

Our Judges


The 2019 iSANZ judges are:

Russell Craig, National Technology Officer at Microsoft NZ.

Ryan Ko, Chair & Director, UQ Cyber Security.

Peter Gutmann, Computer Scientist.

Adrian van Hest, Partner and National Cyber Practice Lead at PwC.

Catherine Soper, Senior Manager Government AFfairs, Air New Zealand.

Tom Maasland, Partner at MinterEllisonRuddWatts.

Debbie Monahan, Former Domain Name Commissioner, now independent contractor.

Sam Sargeant, Chief Security Officer, InternetNZ.

Lisa Fong, Director Information Assurance and Cyber Security, GCSB.

Katrine Evans, Privacy Lawyer.

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2019 Judging Criteria

Entries in the 2019 iSANZ Awards have now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. Categories this year are:

Best Start-Up or New Business

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.

CATEGORY INTRODUCED IN 2018

The 2018 winner was Defend Ltd.

Best Security Company of the Year

Sponsored by Kordia

This category is open to security companies with superior security products or solutions that help customers tackle today's most pressing InfoSec challenges.

The 2018 winner was Aura Information Security.

The 2017 winner was Aura Information Security.

The 2016 winner was RedShield.

The 2015 winner was Vodafone New Zealand.

Best Security Awareness Campaign

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 2018 winner was ANZ Bank.

The 2017 winner was Spark NZ.

The 2016 winner was PWC.

The 2015 winner was the Department of Internal Affairs.

Best Security Project / Initiative

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 2018 winner was GCSB.

The 2017 winner was CERT NZ.

The 2016 winner was Air New Zealand.

The 2015 winner was Axenic.

Up-and-coming Cyber Security Star

Sponsored by McAfee

This category is open to all individuals who are a newcomer to the world of Cyber/ InfoSec in NZ with less than 3 years experience and who have made a positive and impressive impact to our community.

CATEGORY INTRODUCED IN 2017

The 2018 winner was Daniel Underhay.

The 2017 winner was Erica Anderson.

Hall of Fame


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.

To make a nomination, send an email to nominations@isanz.org.nz with the name of your person, event or company and why they deserve Hall of Fame recognition.

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The 2018 Hall of Fame inductee was the New Zealand Internet Task Force (NZITF).

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.

iSANZ News


Stay up-to-date with iSANZ news here, or on LinkedIn and Twitter

2019 iSANZ Awards News

Information security award finalists revealed

A large New Zealand media company, electronic payment provider, joint healthcare agency and specialist information security professionals and businesses have today been named among 15 finalists in this year's iSANZ Awards.

The iSANZ Awards were established five years ago to recognise the achievements of New Zealand people and organisations in the country’s world-class information security (InfoSec) and Cyber Security field.

iSANZ Chair Kendra Ross says there was a 25% increase in entries across the five award categories this year, which is indicative of a growing sector.

"We want to thank everyone for taking the time to enter this year's awards. It's encouraging to see the range of work being done in New Zealand to help protect computer networks, our people and our country from malicious activity.

“Since we launched the Awards in 2015, iSANZ has brought to the fore some truly exceptional entrants, finalists and winners from around the country, including major banks, NZX-listed businesses and hardworking cyber security professionals.

“Our panel of independent judges, made up of experts from across the InfoSec community, has now completed their review of the entries. Being selected as a national finalist is a significant achievement, which highlights each of the finalists’ dedication to InfoSec.”

The finalists in the 2019 iSANZ Awards are:

Best Start-up or New Business: Darkscope; Cyber Prep Academy; and Mindshift.

Best Security Project / Initiative: Aura Information Security’s partnership with Institute of Directors; healthAlliance for its Northern Region Secure USB Project; and Gallagher for its Security Health Check.

Best Security Awareness Campaign: healthAlliance for its Cyber Heros campaign; NZME for an internal cyber security campaign targeted at staff across 40 regions; and Paymark for its role specific PCI DSS awareness campaign.

Best Security Company: Chillisoft, Defend and SafeStack.

Up and Coming Cyber Security Star: Christine Dewes from Quantum Security; Chris Hislop from BNZ Bank; and Ian White from ZX Security.

MC’ed by television personality Te Radar (Andrew Lumsden), winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Tuesday, 12 November at Wellington’s Te Papa Museum. The evening will also see a person, event or organisation crowned in a special nominated Hall of Fame category.

Tickets to the iSANZ Awards dinner can be booked at: https://isanz2019t.lilregie.com/booking/attendees/new

The 2019 iSANZ Awards are proudly sponsored by Aura Information Security, Micro Focus, Quantum Security, Liverton Security, Datacom, McAfee, Spark, SailPoint, Duo (a division of Sektor) and Seqa Information Security.

Supporting partners are 1st Tuesday, ConnectSmart, NZITF, PS Duo and SiteHost.

Get your tickets for 2019 iSANZ Awards gala dinner

The iSANZ Board is pleased to let you know that a first tranche of tickets for the Awards night on 12 November 2019 have been released.

50% of available tickets are being made available.

To secure your tickets, click here.

Finalists in the 2019 iSANZ Awards will be announced next week. Today's release of tickets is your first (and best) opportunity to buy tickets or branded tables, which tend to sell out in a couple of days of finalists being announced.

Tickets cost $206.80 incl GST. Ticket price includes pre-dinner drinks, three-course dinner, beverages and entertainment. A 'Table of 10' ticket option can also be purchased.

The 2019 iSANZ Awards gala awards dinner will be held at Wellington's Te Papa Museum on the evening of Tuesday 12 November 2019 - starting at 6.30pm.

NEWSFLASH - iSANZ entry deadline extended to 5pm, Tuesday 24 September

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 nine days - to 5pm, Tuesday 24 September 2019.

Now in its fifth 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 right here online at www.isanz.org.nz.

iSANZ Awards - entries close this Sunday 15 September

This is a quick update to let you know that entries close on Sunday 15 September.

You can enter right here on this website.

These annual awards recognise excellence in our world-class information security (InfoSec) and Cyber Security industry – highlighting the contributions of the many local people, businesses and organisations working hard to protect computer networks from malicious activity.

If you, your colleagues or contacts have been working to protect New Zealand against cyber threats, we want to know about it – please spread the word and encourage people to enter.

There's five categories to enter - Best Security Project / Initiative, Best Security Awareness Campaign, Best Security Company of the Year, Best Start-Up or New Business and Up-and-Coming Cybersecurity Star.

It’s a great opportunity for the community to recognise and reward the many individuals and groups delivering excellence in the area of cybersecurity.

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 12 November at a special award dinner and ceremony in Wellington.

Reminder: iSANZ Awards entries are open

Entries in the 5th annual iSANZ Awards are open and we're looking for InfoSec and cybersecurity champions.

Has your organisation deployed or implemented a security awareness programme, or InfoSec project or initiative? Are you an established NZ-based security company, start-up or new business? Is there a rising individual cyber security talent in your ranks?

If the answer to any of these question is 'yes,' there's an iSANZ Awards category for you to enter.

You can find out more and enter right here on the iSANZ website.

The iSANZ Awards acknowledge the contributions of the many local people, businesses and organisations working hard to protect computer networks from malicious activity.

If you (or someone you know) is doing great work to protect New Zealand against cyber threats, this is the opportunity to shine a light on their achievements.

Entries for the 2019 iSANZ Awards are open until Sunday 15 September - you've a little over 2 weeks to get your entries in!

Entries open in 5th annual iSANZ Awards

Entries are now invited for the 5th annual iSANZ Awards. The awards recognise excellence in our world-class information security (InfoSec) and Cyber Security industry – highlighting the contributions of the many local people, businesses and organisations working hard to protect computer networks from malicious activity.

Entries close Sunday, 15 September 2019. All New Zealanders or New Zealand-based individuals and organisations doing interesting or innovative things with InfoSec are encouraged to enter at www.isanz.org.nz.

The 2019 iSANZ Award categories are:

Best Security Project / Initiative – 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.

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 internal and/or external 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 with less than 3 years experience and who have made a positive and impressive impact to our community.

Best Start-Up or New Business – 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 nominations@isanz.org.nz.

Entry information, including category descriptions, judging criteria, entry rules and entry form can be found at www.isanz.org.nz.

2019 iSANZ Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held at Te Papa Museum, Wellington on the evening of Tuesday, 12 November 2019.

iSANZ Chair Kendra Ross says there’s considerable InfoSec work happening right here in New Zealand – ranging from education and awareness-raising to detecting and responding to malicious cyber activity before it causes damage and disruption.

“The iSANZ Awards are a way of shining a light on these important and and often silent but significant InfoSec efforts, giving the work and people involved the thanks and recognition they deserve.”

The 2019 iSANZ Awards are proudly sponsored and supported by several leaders in the information security market, including Microfocus, Quantum Security and SailPoint.

Those interested in becoming a sponsor or supporter can register their interest by emailing michelle.vui@isanz.org.nz

The Kārearea


Our emblem is the karearea or New Zealand falcon - a symbol for courage, victory and rising above a situation.

The New Zealand Falcon

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.

Falcon Meanings and Symbolism

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.

iSANZ Sponsors


The 2019 iSANZ Awards are sponsored by Check Point, Aura Information Security, Micro Focus, Quantum Security, Liverton, Datacom, McAfee, Spark, SailPoint and Seqa Information Security. Interested in sponsoring? Email us at sponsors@isanz.org.nz.

iSANZ Gold

iSANZ Gold Sponsor: Check Point.

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Check Point

Our Supporting Partners


The 2019 iSANZ Awards are supported by ConnectSmart, Duo, NZITF, PS Duo, SiteHost and 1st Tuesday.

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