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iSANZ Awards


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

Entries for the 2022 Awards are now closed. Stay tuned for the finalists announcement in late September / early October.

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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 2022 iSANZ Awards winners will be announced at a gala dinner at Te Papa Museum on 1 November 2022. Check back here soon for ticketing details.

Our Judges


Meet our 2022 iSANZ Awards judges:

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

Kate Pearce, Trade Me Head of Security

Chris Hails, ZX Security Lead Consultant

Jacob Torrey, Redshield Technical Advisory Board Member

Adrian van Hest, Cybersecurity Expert

Will Peteroy, Blackthorne Consulting Founding Partner

Shanna Daly, Cosive Principal Consultant

Brent Carey, NetSafe CEO

Jane Frankland, Cybersecurity Exec and Board Member

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Entries for the 2022 Awards are now closed. Stay tuned for the finalists announcement in late September / early October.

The 2022 iSANZ Awards categories are:

Best Security Project or Security Awareness Initiative

This category is open to organisations who have successfully implemented an InfoSec security project or awareness initiative.

Best Senior Security Practitioner

This category is open to experienced senior security practitioners holding a hands-on full or part time IT security position during the past 12 months.

Best Start-Up or New Business

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 Team

This category is open to information / cybersecurity tems who work closely together to achieve the best possible performance, creative contributions, and / or go above and beyond in contributing to information security.

Best New Zealand Security Service or Product

This category is open to New Zealand companies who have an "in service" Security Service or Product.

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 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. Nominations can be made by emailing [email protected]

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The 2021 inductee was iSIG.

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 News


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iSANZ Awards News

NEWSFLASH - Extension to entry deadline

Following several requests asking if the entry deadline can be extended, the iSANZ Board announces an extension to 5pm, Thursday 8 September. Make the most of the deadline extension and enter now! Email [email protected] for your entry registration link.

Entries open in 8th annual iSANZ Awards

Entries have now opened in the 8th annual iSANZ Awards. Recognising excellence in New Zealand’s world-class cybersecurity sector, the awards highlight the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to protect New Zealanders from cyber attacks and malicious online activity.

Entries close 5pm Wednesday 31 August 2022. All New Zealanders or New Zealand-based individuals and organisations doing interesting or innovative things with cybersecurity are strongly encouraged to enter.

This year, the iSANZ Board has introduced an online platform to handle entries and judging. Those interested in entering should email [email protected] They’ll then be sent a registration link to complete their entry.

The Board has also taken the opportunity this year to introduce two new categories - Best Security Team, and Best Senior Security Practitioner. Entry information can be found at www.isanz.org.nz.

iSANZ Chair Kendra Ross says a recent industry survey showing that more than half of Kiwi firms have been targeted by ransomware highlighting the always-on nature of cyber threats.

"The iSANZ Awards recognise the critical role that our community of cyber defenders have in protecting against those who would do people online harm.

"Over the past year, we’ve continued to see how individuals and businesses from across New Zealand are positively addressing the most pressing cybersecurity challenges, with a focus on excellence, innovation, and leadership.”

The full line up of 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 NZ Security Service or Product - open to NZ companies who have an 'in service' Security Service or Product.

Best Start-Up or New Business - open to new information / cybersecurity businesses founded in NZ which have been operating for no more than five years.

Up-and-Coming Cyber Security Star - open to individuals who are a newcomer to the world of information / cybersecurity in NZ with less than 3 years experience and who have made a positive and impressive impact to the community.

Best Senior Security Practitioner (New category in 2022) - open to experienced senior security practitioners holding a hands on full or part-time IT security position during the past 12 months.

Best Security Team (New category in 2022) - open to information / cybersecurity teams who work closely together to achieve the best possible performance, creative contributions, and/or go above and beyond in contributing to information security.

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]

The 2022 iSANZ Award winners will be announced at an in-person gala dinner to be held at Te Papa Museum, Wellington on the evening of 1 November 2022.

Those wanting to sponsor or support the 2022 iSANZ Awards can register their interest by emailing [email protected]

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


Thanks to our sponsors Datacom, Quantum Security, Duo a division of Sektor, Spark NZ, Kordia, SailPoint, Check Point, Palo Alto Networks / NEXTGEN Group, CyberCX and NCSC. Interested in sponsoring? Email us at [email protected]

iSANZ Gold

iSANZ Gold Dinner Sponsor: Datacom.

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Datacom

Our Supporting Partners


The 2022 iSANZ Awards are proudly supported by NZITF, SiteHost and 1st Tuesday.

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