New Zealand's annual showcase of excellence in Information Security.
Sunday 14 November 2021 - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington.
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.
Check back soon to find out about ticketing details for the 2021 iSANZ Awards.
2021 iSANZ Awards Judging Lineup
Entries in the 7th annual iSANZ Awards are now open! Entry categories are:
Sponsored by Quantum Security, this category is open to organisations who have successfully implemented an InfoSec security project or awareness initiative.
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.
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.
This category is open to security companies with superior security products or solutions that help customers tackle today's most pressing InfoSec challenges.
This category is open to New Zealand companies who have an "in service" Security Service or Product.
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.
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.
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.
iSANZ Awards News
With a little over one week left to enter the 2021 iSANZ Awards, Board Chair Kendra Ross is encouraging all New Zealand organisations who have deployed a cybersecurity awareness programme, product or project to enter now. Security companies, start-ups and new businesses are also encouraged to enter, as are the nation's cybersecurity leaders and rising young talent.
To enter, fill out the simple online entry form at www.isanz.org.nz. Entries close Thursday 30 September.
Because of last year’s COVID-19 cancellation, entries in this year's awards can be made for cybersecurity and information security initiatives completed in either 2019/20 or 2020/21.
"For much of this year's entry period, New Zealand has been in hard lockdown, disrupting business-as-usual operations. The Auckland region especially will have endured much longer under alert levels three and four. That may have impacted people's ability to lodge their iSANZ entry, but we're determined, more than ever, to again celebrate and recognise inspirational cyber security achievers in these 7th annual awards," says Kendra.
"We know that an army of New Zealand people, businesses and organisations apply tremendous focus, application and commitment in working to protect computer networks from malicious activity and look forward to seeing a surge of entries over the next few days."
This year's iSANZ Award categories are:
Best Security Project or Security Awareness Initiative- open to organisations who have successfully implemented an InfoSec security project or awareness initiative.
Best Security Professional- 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- 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- open to security companies with superior security products or solutions that help customers tackle today's most pressing InfoSec challenges.
Best NZ Security Product or Service- open to New Zealand companies who have an 'in service' Security Service or Product.
Up-and-Coming Cyber Security 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 on our community.
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 [email protected]
Entries will be assessed by an expert judging panel comprising a dozen of New Zealand’s leading cyber security experts from across public and private sectors.
More entry information, including category descriptions, judging criteria, entry rules, form and questions can be found at www.isanz.org.nz.
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 2021 iSANZ Awards are sponsored by Datacom, Quantum Security, McAfee, Spark NZ, Kordia and SailPoint. Interested in sponsoring? Email us at [email protected]
The 2021 iSANZ Awards are supported by Duo, NZITF, PS Duo, SiteHost and 1st Tuesday.