New Zealand's annual showcase of excellence in Information Security.
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.
The 2017 iSANZ judges were:
Entries in the 2017 iSANZ Awards are now closed:
Sponsored by Context.
This category is open to individuals who achieved significant results in the development or promotion of work that has had a high international profile.
The 2017 winner was Laura Bell.
The 2016 winner was Kate Pearce.
The 2015 winner was Professor Clark Thomborson.
Sponsored by Symantec / Weston-Comstor.
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 RSA.
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 for an "apprentice".
New category introduced in 2017
The 2017 winner was Erica Anderson.
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.
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2017 iSANZ Awards News
Media release - 22 November 2017
One of the world’s newest CERTs, an online training module, a home-grown security firm and three highly-skilled professionals at the forefront of information security were honoured last night at the third annual iSANZ Awards.
Judged awards were handed out in five categories. A Hall of Fame Award was also presented – recognising one person’s enduring contribution to the industry.
iSANZ Board Chair Kendra Ross says the awards recognise the exceptional people and organisations contributing their expertise, insight, and dedication to improving and benefiting New Zealand’s digital security.
“The cyber threat landscape is challenging and constantly-evolving. The entries we received this year exemplify the hard, backroom work that goes on behind the scenes to protect networks of businesses and organisations across New Zealand from malicious activity.
“We were impressed by the accomplishments and achievements of all our entrants, finalists and winners. They are leaders in the information security field and number among some of the most skilled professionals anywhere in the world.”
The winners in the 2017 iSANZ Awards are:
Best Security Project / Initiative
CERTNZ, for building a computer emergency response team for New Zealand. As one of the world’s newest computer emergency response teams, CERTNZ was set up and launched in 9 months. It sits at the centre of the country’s cyber-security response – acting as a coordinating entity to identify threats and help users respond.
Best Security Awareness Campaign
Spark NZ, for its online training module – ‘The Way We Work’. ‘The Way We Work’ was launched in October 2016. The interactive internal campaign is themed around the PacMan game and is designed to teach Spark’s staff how to recognise, report and react to security incidents.
Best Security Company
Aura Information Security. Aura provides a suite of InfoSec services here and overseas. The company has introduced several new and innovative initiatives over the past year and was recently accepted as a 'Primary Supplier' for the Government’s ICT Security & Related Services panel.
Best International Superstar
Laura Bell. Laura founded security firm SafeStack in 2014. A highly-regarded researcher, she’s garnered profile as an international conference speaker over the past decade and is heavily involved in security-related mentoring, education and outreach roles here and overseas.
Up-and-coming Cybersecurity Star
Erica Anderson. Erica is a Department of Corrections security analyst. She’s been working in information security for 3 years - making a strong contribution in her day job and community efforts including Code Club Aotearoa, Tech Futures Lab, Summer of Tech and the BSides conference.
Hall of Fame Award
Dr Peter Gutmann. Peter is Honorary Researcher in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland. Over decades he has made several pioneering contributions to the information security industry– including developing the CryptLib software security library, Secure File System, and contributing to PGP version 2.
The 2017 iSANZ Awards are sponsored by Check Point, Context, Micro Focus, Arbor Networks, Aura Information Security, SailPoint, Symantec/Westcon-Comstor, McAfee, RSA and Datacom. Supporting organisations are 1st Tuesday, ConnectSmart, Duo NZ, InternetNZ, Izard Weston, TechDay Security Brief, NZITF, SiteHost and Stephenson Thorner.
Media release - 7 November 2017
The Board of iSANZ (Information Security Awards New Zealand) is pleased to announce that Auckland Hospital’s Dr Tom Mulholland will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 iSANZ Awards.
Dr Tom Mulholland is the founder of the Healthy Thinking Institute. He has hosted his own TV and Radio shows, written two internationally best-selling books and been a professional speaker to the likes of Google, Microsoft and Hilton for the last 10 years.
The emergency department physician is focused on helping making communities healthier and happier. He is part way through a fundraising ‘mission’ in his retro ambulance - traveling around the country doing house calls, raising awareness of health issues such as diabetes, smoking and cancer, and producing webisodes and a TV series.
Now in its third year, the iSANZ Awards promote excellence in information security by recognising the achievements of the best of the country’s information security professionals and companies.
MC’ed by New Zealand television personality Te Radar (Andrew Lumsden), the 2017 iSANZ Awards will be held on 21 November at Te Papa Museum, Wellington.
There are still tickets available, including table of ten packages. Tickets can be purchased at https://isanz2017t.lilregie.com/step1
Winners will be recognised in five categories – Best Security Project / Initiative, Best Security Awareness Campaign, Best Security Company of the Year, Best International Superstar, and Up-and-coming Cybersecurity Star. A person, event or organisation will also be crowned in a special, nominated Hall of Fame category.
Media release – 24 October 2017
Banks, state-owned enterprises, ICT firms and highly-skilled information security specialists are among those vying for top honours in this year’s iSANZ Awards.
Now in their third year, the iSANZ Awards acknowledge the extraordinary contributions of those working in New Zealand’s information security (InfoSec) industry.
Information security refers to measures taken to protect against the unauthorised use of information, especially online electronic data. iSANZ Chair Kendra Ross says InfoSec is a large and growing industry and has now become a fundamental feature of the online landscape.
“There’s no doubt that New Zealand possesses InfoSec expertise the equal of anywhere in the world. This is reflected in the quality and number of iSANZ entries we received this year.
“All entrants and finalists share a motivation to help secure critical ICT systems, undertake best-practice information security and educate the wider community about cyber threats.
“We’re pleased to be able to formally recognise through the 2017 iSANZ Awards the extraordinary contributions of those going above-and-beyond in making the New Zealand online environment a safer and more secure place.”
The Awards judges have recognised the following 2017 finalists:
Best Security Project / Initiative: ASB Bank, Transpower, CERTNZ.
Best Security Awareness Campaign: Spark NZ, ANZ, Aura Information Security.
Best Security Company: Dimension Data, Safestack, Aura Information Security.
Best International Superstar: Laura Bell, Chris Blunt.
Up-and-coming Cybersecurity Star: Erica Anderson, Keziah Ferrer, Nicole Braun.
MC’ed by New Zealand television personality Te Radar (Andrew Lumsden), winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 21 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://isanz2017t.lilregie.com/step1
The 2017 iSANZ Awards are proudly sponsored by Check Point, Context, Micro Focus, Arbor Networks, Aura Information Security, SailPoint, Symantec/Westcon-Comstor, McAfee, RSA and Datacom.
The 2017 iSANZ Awards gala dinner will be held on the evening of 21 November 2017 at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
Ticket bookings can be made here.
Tickets are priced at $150.00 ex GST plus a credit card transaction fee per person. The ticket price includes pre-dinner drinks, three-course dinner, beverages and entertainment.
We’re also offering ‘table of 10’ bookings, which provide an additional opportunity for branding. If you wish to book a table of 10, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Award evening will be a seated, formal dinner function, being held during the NZ InfoSec Conference week.
We’re delighted to announce the MC for the 2017 iSANZ Awards will be Te Radar, (Andrew J Lumsden) – renowned, award-winning New Zealand comedian, documentary writer and television presenter.
Remember, entries in the five award categories and nominated Hall of Fame category are open right up until midnight on Friday, 6 October 2017.
Due to the high level of interest in entering the iSANZ Awards than in previous years, the iSANZ Board has announced it has extended the deadline for entries to midnight on Friday, 6 October 2017.
Now in its third 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 International Superstar', 'Best Security Company of the Year', 'Best Security Awareness Campaign', 'Best Security Project/ Initiative' and a new category in 2017 '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 - can also be made right up until midnight Friday, 6 October 2017.
Make the most of the deadline extension and enter now.
Entry form and full details can be found online at www.isanz.org.nz.
Media release – 4 September 2017
The Board of iSANZ (Information Security Awards New Zealand) is pleased to announce that entries in the 2017 iSANZ Awards have opened.
Now in their third year, the iSANZ Awards honour individuals and organisations in five different categories for contributions to New Zealand’s world-class information security (InfoSec) industry.
Entries close on Monday, 2 October 2017. Entry information, including category descriptions, judging criteria, entry rules and entry form can be found at www.isanz.org.nz.
The 2017 iSANZ Award categories are:
Best International Superstar - open to individuals who have achieved significant results in the development or promotion of security work that has had a high international profile.
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 in order 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 for an ‘apprentice’.
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. Anybody can make a nomination for the Hall of Fame Award.
iSANZ Chair Kendra Ross says New Zealand has a deep pool of information security talent working hard behind the scenes to protect and defend networks against malicious attacks.
“In a year which has seen a number of high profile attacks such as WannaCry and Petya, the iSANZ Awards recognise the innovators, pioneers and leaders in what has now become a critical industry for New Zealand,” she says.
“We encourage all New Zealanders or New Zealand-based individuals and organisations involved in the information security space to visit isanz.org.nz and enter the Awards.”
The iSANZ Awards is proudly sponsored and supported by a number of leaders in the information security market, including Check Point, Context, Microfocus, Datacom, Sailpoint, Arbor and Aura.
Winners in the 2017 iSANZ Awards will be announced at a gala dinner to be held at Te Papa Museum, Wellington on the evening of Tuesday, 21 November 2017.
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 2017 iSANZ Awards were proudly sponsored by Check Point, Context, Micro Focus, Arbor Networks, Aura Information Security, SailPoint, Symantec/Westcon-Comstor, McAfee, RSA, and Datacom (Hall of Fame sponsor).
The 2017 iSANZ Awards were proudly supported by:
1st Tuesday, Connect Smart, DUO, Internet NZ, Izard Weston Lawyers, NZITF, SiteHost, Stephenson Thorner, TechDay Security Brief and Ian Robertson photography.