An annual showcase of excellence in New Zealand 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 2016 iSANZ have now been and gone, but we look forward to seeing you again in 2017.
The iSANZ Award categories are:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2016 Hall of Fame inductee was NetSafe.
The 2015 Hall of Fame inductee was the 1st Tuesday Forum.
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2016 iSANZ Awards Media Releases
2016 iSANZ Awards winners announced - Media release - 16 November 2016
A 200-strong contingent of people from New Zealand’s information security community gathered in Wellington last night for the second annual iSANZ Awards.
Celebrating the achievements of those working with information security (InfoSec), judged Awards were handed out in four categories. A nominated Hall of Fame Award was also presented – recognising one organisation’s enduring contribution to the industry.
iSANZ Board Chair Kendra Ross says this year saw a full slate of high quality entries – representing highly-skilled and dedicated professionals and organisations from across the public and private sectors.
“Information security is a complex and multifaceted area, and much goes on behind the scenes to protect and secure networks from cyber attack. It’s clear that New Zealand has leaders and innovators in InfoSec the equal of anywhere in the world, and we’re pleased through the Awards to be able to honour their contributions.”
The winners in the 2016 iSANZ Awards are:
Best Security Awareness Campaign - PwC, for its Game of Threats simulation game – an interactive simulation of the real-world challenges of a cyber security incident.
Best Security Project / Initiative - Air New Zealand, for its organisation-wide security transformation programme.
Best Security Company - RedShield.
Best International Superstar - Kate Pearce of Cisco, for her contributions in raising awareness and educating people about cyber security, including among many global communities of interest.
Hall of Fame Award - NetSafe, for its many and varied efforts over the years in helping keep New Zealanders safe online and providing cyber security advice and assistance.
The 2016 iSANZ Awards are sponsored by Check Point (Gold sponsor), Arbor Networks, Blue Coat, Context, Quantum Security, HPE, Carbon Black, Aura Information Security, Sailpoint, Cogito Group and Datacom. Supporting organisations are 1st Tuesday, ConnectSmart, Domain Name Commission, Duo NZ, InternetNZ, Izard Weston, TechDay Security Brief, NZITF, SiteHost and Stephenson Thorner.
Finalists announced for 2016 iSANZ Awards - Media release - 18 October 2016
Twelve people and organisations from across the country’s public and private sector have today been named as finalists in the second annual iSANZ Awards.
The iSANZ Awards are New Zealand’s only dedicated Awards recognising and acknowledging the many and various local contributions towards information security.
The following have been named as finalists in the 2016 iSANZ Awards.
Best Security Project or Initiative - Air New Zealand - for its security transformation programme. Department of Internal Affairs - for its work on DNS and DNSSEC for .govt.nz. Unitec Institute of Technology - for its cybersecurity health checks for SMEs.
Best Security Awareness Campaign - Contact Energy – for its Making Cyber Security Real campaign. Netsafe – for Safer Internet Day 2016. PWC – for its Game of Threats simulation game.
Best Security Company - Aura Information Security. Axenic. Redshield.
Best International Super Star - Laura Bell. Chris Blunt. Kate Pearce.
Nominations in a fifth ‘Hall of Fame’ category are open until Friday 28 October 2016 and can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners in all categories will be announced at a gala Awards dinner on 15 November 2016 at Wellington’s Te Papa Museum.
iSANZ Chair Kendra Ross says entries this year were up 20 percent compared with last year, including from many entities in the broader business community.
“All companies and organisations, regardless of size, can be targeted by hackers and others with malicious intent, so it’s pleasing to see so many in our business community take proactive steps to protect their digital assets.
“New Zealand is at the forefront of many great efforts in advancing the technologies, practices and people in cybersecurity to protect New Zealand government, businesses and citizens. This is what the iSANZ Awards are designed to celebrate.”
MC’ed by television personality Te Radar, the Awards dinner on 15 November 2016 will feature addresses from Minister of Communications Hon Amy Adams and pioneering New Zealand inventor Sir Ray Avery.
Tickets to the iSANZ Awards can be purchased online at https://isanz2016t.lilregie.com. Space is limited so early booking is encouraged.
The iSANZ Awards have the backing of Gold Sponsor Check Point Software Technologies. Silver Sponsors are Arbor Networks, BlueCoat, Context, Carbon Black, Quantum Security, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Kordia and Sailpoint. Supporting organisations are 1st Tuesday, Connect Smart, the Domain Name Commission, Duo, InternetNZ, the New Zealand Internet Task Force, Izard Weston, Security Brief NZ, SiteHost and Stephenson Thorner Ltd.
For more information about the Awards visit www.isanz.org.nz.
HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS OPEN UNTIL 28 OCTOBER 2016:
While entries in this year's Awards have now closed, nominations in the Hall of Fame category are still open right up until Friday, 28 October 2016. So if you know of a person, event or company who has made a significant contribution to the country's InfoSec community, then nominate them now.
The nomination process is simple - just let us know the name of the person, event or company who you think deserves this year's Hall of Fame, with a few lines noting 'why'.
Information Security excellence is the main criteria for the Hall of Fame, but you might also want to consider noting down some other factors such as your nominee’s influence on others, length and depth of career, their body of work and/or innovation in Information Security.
NEWSFLASH: Deadline for entries extended to Noon on Thursday, 29 September 2016.
A number of companies and organisations have asked for a little more time to prepare their entries. The iSANZ Board is happy to accommodate and has extended the deadline for entries to Noon on Thursday, 29 September 2016.
Remember, there are four categories up for grabs - 'Best International Superstar', 'Best Security Company of the Year', 'Best Security Awareness Campaign', and 'Best Security Project/ Initiative'. Make the most of the deadline extension and enter now.
Communications Minister Amy Adams to address 2016 iSANZ Awards - Media release – 16 September 2016
The Board of iSANZ (Information Security Awards New Zealand) is pleased to announce that Communications Minister Hon Amy Adams will deliver an address at the upcoming 2016 iSANZ Awards.
Now in its second year, the iSANZ Awards are an annual showcase of New Zealand’s world class information security industry. The Awards promote excellence in information security by publicly recognising the achievements of the best of the country’s information security professionals and companies.
This year, the iSANZ Awards will be held on 15 November 2016 at Te Papa, Wellington.
iSANZ Chair Kendra Ross says the Awards are shaping up to be a banner event and encourages all those doing interesting and innovative things in the information / cyber security space to enter before the close-off date of 26 September 2016.
Entries are open in four categories – Best Security Awareness Campaign, Best Security Company of the Year, Best Security Project / Initiative and Best International Superstar.
As well as this, nominations are open in the iSANZ Hall of Fame category, which recognises 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.
Entry information, including category descriptions, judging criteria, entry rules and entry form can be found at www.isanz.org.nz.
iSANZ Board calls for entries in 2nd annual InfoSec Awards - Media release – 29 August 2016
The Board of iSANZ (Information Security Awards New Zealand) is pleased to announce that entries in the 2016 iSANZ Awards have now opened.
Now in their second year, these Awards honour individuals and organisations in four different categories for contributions to New Zealand’s world-class information security (InfoSec) industry.
Entries close at noon on Monday, 26 September 2016. Entry information, including category descriptions, judging criteria, entry rules and entry form can be found at www.isanz.org.nz.
The 2016 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.
The iSANZ Board is also honouring 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 for the Hall of Fame Award close Friday, 28 October 2016.
iSANZ Chair Kendra Ross encourages all New Zealanders or New Zealand-based individuals and organisations doing interesting or innovative things in the information security space to enter now.
“There are a large number of unheralded professionals and organisations across New Zealand working at the forefront of InfoSec – coming up with new and innovative ways to protect sensitive digital information,” she says.
“As more and more information is stored and processed digitally – not to mention transmitted online and across company networks – the risk of unauthorised and malicious access increases.
“The work of our InfoSec industry in seeing off threats like these is incredibly important and these 2nd annual iSANZ Awards are all about recognising those demonstrating excellence, innovation and leadership.”
Winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held at Te Papa Museum, Wellington on the evening of Tuesday, 15 November 2016.
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 2016 iSANZ Awards were proudly sponsored by Check Point, Arbor Networks, Blue Coat, Context, Quantum Security, HPE, Carbon Black, Aura Information Security, Sailpoint, Cogito Group (MC sponsor) and Datacom (Hall of Fame sponsor).
The 2016 iSANZ Awards were proudly supported by:
1st Tuesday, Connect Smart, NZ Domain Name Commission, DUO, Internet NZ, Izard Weston Lawyers, NZITF, SiteHost, Stephenson Thorner, TechDay Security Brief and Ian Robertson photography.