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iSANZ Awards


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

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 - Te Papa Museum, Wellington.

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


The 2017 iSANZ Awards will be held on the evening of Tuesday, 21 November at Te Papa Museum, Wellington. Check back here soon for ticketing information.

Our Judges


The 2017 iSANZ judges are:

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

Debbie Monahan, Domain Name Commissioner at the .nz Domain Name Commission.

Russell Craig, National Technology Officer at Microsoft NZ.

Ryan Ko, Head of Cyber Security Lab & Associate Professor, University of Waikato

Peter Gutmann, Computer Scientist.

Jordan Carter, Chief Executive at Internet New Zealand.

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

Jo Healy, NZ Global Technology Services Leader at IBM.

Catherine Soper, Government Relations Manager at Vodafone NZ.

Categories


Best International Superstar

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 2016 winner was Kate Pearce.

The 2015 winner was Professor Clark Thomborson.

Best Security Company of the Year

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

The 2016 winner was RedShield.

The 2015 winner was Vodafone New Zealand.

Best Security Awareness Campaign

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 2016 winner was PWC.

The 2015 winner was the Department of Internal Affairs.

Best Security Project / Initiative

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 2016 winner was Air New Zealand.

The 2015 winner was Axenic.

Up-and-coming Cyber Security Star

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 for 2017

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.

NOMINATE YOUR PERSON, EVENT OR COMPANY FOR THE 2017 HALL OF FAME.

The 2016 Hall of Fame inductee was NetSafe.

The 2015 Hall of Fame inductee was the 1st Tuesday Forum.

iSANZ News


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2017 iSANZ Awards News

Entries open in 3rd annual InfoSec Awards

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.

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.

References: wingspan.co.nz

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 2017 iSANZ Awards are proudly sponsored by Context, Micro Focus, Arbor Networks, Aura Information Security, SailPoint, Symantec/Westcon-Comstor, McAfee and Datacom (Hall of Fame sponsor).

iSANZ Gold

iSANZ Gold Sponsor to be announced.

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Our Supporting Partners


The 2017 iSANZ Awards are proudly supported by:

1st Tuesday, Connect Smart, DUO, Internet NZ, Izard Weston Lawyers, NZITF, SiteHost, Stephenson Thorner, TechDay Security Brief and Ian Robertson photography.