The finalists for this year’s iSANZ Awards have been announced today, reflecting a variety of New Zealand companies that demonstrate a strong focus on their information security procedures.
This year nominees include two banks, a telecommunications provider, ICT and security firms and state-owned enterprises.
The iSANZ Awards is now in its third year and acknowledges contributions from those working in information security (InfoSec).
According to iSANZ chair Kendra Ross, InfoSec is a large and growing industry. It is also a crucial feature in 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,” she says.
Information security is specifically about protecting unauthorised use of information – especially electronic data stored online.
“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,” Ross continues.
The finalists are as follows:
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
“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,” Ross concludes.
The Awards will be hosted by Te Radar (Andrew J Lumsden) as part of a Gala Dinner on November 21 at Wellington’s Te Papa Museum.
The format for the iSANZ Gala Evening:
6.30pm – 7.30pm: Canapés & Drinks in the Signs of a Nation Room, Level 4, Te Papa. 7.00pm Official Opening 7.30pm – 11.00pm: Dinner and Awards – Wellington Foyer, Te Papa
The dress code is Business/Cocktail.
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.