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iSANZ Awards

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



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 for the 2021 iSANZ Awards are now available. Click here to secure your tickets. COVID-delayed Gala dinner being held 23 February 2022 at Te Papa Museum, Wellington.

Our Judges

2021 iSANZ Awards Judging Lineup

Lisa Fong, GCSB Director Information Assurance and Cyber Security

Peter Gutmann, Auckland University Computer Scientist

Russell Craig, Microsoft New Zealand National Technology Officer

Catherine Soper, Genesis Energy Group Manager Government & Regulatory Affairs

Sam Sergeant, InternetNZ Chief Security Officer

Katrine Evans, Ministry of Social Development Information Sharing & Privacy Manager

Kate Pearce, Trade Me Head of Security

Chris Hails, Heartland Bank Head of Information Security

Phillipe Langlois, P1 Security Founder & CEO

Jacob Torrey, Redshield Technical Advisory Board Member

Jon Duffy, Consumer NZ Chief Executive

Adrian van Hest, Cybersecurity Expert





Entries in the 7th annual iSANZ Awards have now closed, and finalists announced. Winners will be announced at a gala dinner event at Te Papa Museum, Wellington on 23 February 2022. Categories are:

Best Security Project or Security Awareness Initiative

Sponsored by Quantum Security, this category is open to organisations who have successfully implemented an InfoSec security project or awareness initiative.

Best Security Professional CISO /Security Manager / Leader

Sponsored by McAfee, this category is open to senior security leaders holding full or part time positions as CISO, Security Manager, or similar security leadership position.

Best Start-Up or New Business

Sponsored by Spark NZ, this category is open to new information security / cyber security businesses founded in New Zealand and which have been operating for no more than five years.

Best Security Company of the Year

Sponsored by Check Point, this category is open to security companies with superior security products or solutions that help customers tackle today's most pressing InfoSec challenges.

Best New Zealand Security Service or Product

Sponsored by NEXTGEN Group, this category is open to New Zealand companies who have an "in service" Security Service or Product.

Up-and-coming Cyber Security Star

Sponsored by CyberCX, 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.

Hall of Fame

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.


Make a nomination in the 2021 iSANZ Hall of Fame.

No 2020 inductee due to COVID-19.

The 2019 Hall of Fame inductee was Dr Ian Graham.

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.

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iSANZ Awards News

NEWSFLASH - iSANZ Awards tickets now available

The iSANZ Gala Awards Evening will be held on the evening of Wednesday 23 February 2022 at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa where the winners of iSANZ 2021 will be announced.

We're pleased to let you know that tickets for the Awards are now available. Click here to secure your tickets.

The MC for the 2021 iSANZ Awards will again be Te Radar, (Andrew J Lumsden) – renowned, award-winning New Zealand comedian, documentary writer and television presenter.

More info on ticketing types and the format of the evening can be found here.

Information security award finalists revealed

Specialist cyber security businesses, a big bank and experts from across the public and private sectors have been named among finalists in this year's iSANZ Awards.

The annual iSANZ Awards were established seven years ago to recognise the achievements of New Zealand people and organisations in the cybersecurity and information security (InfoSec) field.

iSANZ Chair Kendra Ross says the iSANZ Board was inundated with a record number of high quality entries this year, including in a new category IT Security Leader of the Year.

Three finalists have now been selected in each category. From a total of 57 entries, the independent Awards judges have recognised the following finalists:

Best Security Project or Security Awareness Initiative: Education Arcade for its interactive, story-driven cyber security games and content; BNZ for its sustained cyber security awareness campaign targeting staff, customers and partners; GCSB for development of its baseline security templates.

Best Security Company of the Year: ZX Security; SafeStack Academy; MindShift.

Best Startup or New Business: Datamasque; MindShift; Onwardly.

Best Security Professional CISO, Security Manager, Leader: Josh Bahlman, CISO Spark; Hilary Walton, CISO Kordia; Richard Harrison, CISO HealthAlliance.

Up-and-coming Cybersecurity Star: Anna Thomson; Casey Cooper; Ankita Dhakar.

Best New Zealand Security Service or Product: DarkScope for its CIQ360 cyber risk insurance rating service; SafeStack Academy for its online cyber security and privacy awareness education platform; SafeToOpen for its anti phishing verification tool.

“We’re strongly encouraged to have received entries from across the public and private sectors, as well as from the InfoSec community itself. The breadth and depth of the work being done by our 2021 entrants was incredible and our judges found their job challenging. The quality of entrants this year is proof that our cyber security ecosystem is in fine shape.”

Kendra says the technology landscape has changed beyond recognition in recent years and good information security practice is now more important than ever.

“The contributions of New Zealand individuals and organisations in helping secure individuals and organisations against escalating cyber threats is immeasurable. Feedback from our local and international judges is that it’s clear this country possesses InfoSec capability the equal of anywhere in the world.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a delay of some months before the winners will be announced.

Originally set down for this month, a gala awards dinner at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington is now scheduled for February 2022. It’s hoped by this time that the country will have achieved its vaccination targets and that regional travel restrictions and restrictions on event and hospitality gatherings will have been relaxed.

Next February’s gala awards evening will also see a person, event or organisation crowned in a special nominated Hall of Fame category.

The 2021 iSANZ Awards are proudly sponsored by Datacom, Quantum Security, McAfee, Spark NZ, Kordia, SailPoint, Check Point, NEXTGEN Group and CyberCX. Supporting partners are Duo, NZITF, Duo Services, SiteHost and 1st Tuesday.

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 2021 iSANZ Awards are sponsored by Datacom, Quantum Security, McAfee, Spark NZ, Kordia, SailPoint, Check Point, NEXTGEN Group and CyberCX. Interested in sponsoring? Email us at [email protected]

iSANZ Gold

iSANZ Gold Dinner Sponsor: Datacom.


Our Supporting Partners

The 2021 iSANZ Awards are supported by Duo, NZITF, PS Duo, SiteHost and 1st Tuesday.


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