Award Categories


CISO of the Year

Presented to the individual who did the most this year to:

  • Secure their organisation from information security threats
  • Used innovative methods
  • Advocated on behalf of good security policies
  • Seen as an influencer inside and outside the organisation

Judging Criteria:

  • How has the nominee worked to secure their organisation? Give examples. No more than 250 words.
  • What has the nominee done to promote or advocate for information security best practices inside the organisation and/or in public? No more than 250 words.
  • What innovative solutions has the nominee implemented to improve the information security of their organisation? No more than 250 words.

Total entry no more than 750 words.
Entries have now closed. See the 2010 winners and finalists here


Security Vendor of the Year

Presented to the organisation that has:

  • Increased customer satisfaction and/or channel health
  • Improved profitability or IT security strategy
  • Been a leader in innovation
  • Seen as an influencer of industry best practice

Judging Criteria:

  • What did the nominee do to protect its customers? Give examples. No more than 200 words.
  • How has the nominee improved the satisfaction of its customers? Give examples. No more than 200 words.
  • In what ways did the nominee improve the health of its channel? Give examples. No more than 200 words.
  • Detail how the nominee’s company grew last year including its revenue, profitability, channel? No more than 200 words.
  • Has the nominee’s published IT security strategy been influential on organisations? Explain and give examples. No more than 200 words.
  • Is this vendor a leader in innovation? No more than 200 words.

Total entry no more than 1200 words.
Entries have now closed. See the 2010 winners and finalists here


Security Product or Service of the Year

Presented to the organisation that through its products or services has:

  • Increased customer satisfaction
  • Improved its users’ security strategy
  • Been a leader in innovation
  • Filled an important market niche or answered a pressing and urgent customer demand

Judging Criteria:

  • Explain how this product or services protects its users better than its competitors. No more than 200 words.
  • How does this offering answer a specific market need or application? No more than 200 words.
  • How does it differ significantly from its competitors? Describe its technical advantages. No more than 200 words.
  • Describe the business advantages organisations gain by investing in the nominee? No more than 200 words.

Total entry no more than 800 words.
Entries have now closed. See the 2010 winners and finalists here


Innovation Award

Presented to the project, individual or team that has changed the traditional practice of IT security.

Judging Criteria:

  • What unique innovation did they put into practice to improve the handling of risk and information security? For example, introducing new ways to work, train and use technology. No more than 250 words.
  • Detail the unique process, application or technology that made the nominee innovative. No more than 250 words.
  • In what ways is the innovation influential on the future course of information security? No more than 250 words.

Total entry no more than 750 words.
Entries have now closed. See the 2010 winners and finalists here


AusCERT Director’s Award for Individual Excellence in Information Security

Presented to the individual who has provided the greatest overall contribution to information security through community service, innovation, education, liaison, law enforcement, governance or leadership.

Judging Criteria:

  • Innovation. How has this person demonstrated innovation in information security? No more than 250 words.
  • Business function. Describe in what way(s) this person aligned the security function with the organisational goals. No more than 250 words.
  • Leadership. How has this person demonstrated true leadership in raising the profile of information security in the community or business? No more than 250 words.
  • Reputation. In what significant ways has this person enhanced the reputation for excellence, honesty and diligence of information security? No more than 250 words.
  • Professional and awareness enhancement. How has this person raised awareness of information security over and beyond their day-to-day business activities? No more than 250 words.

Total entry no more than 1250 words.
Entries have now closed. See the 2010 winners and finalists here


AusCERT’s Annual Award for Organisational Excellence in Information Security

Presented to the organisation that has provided the greatest overall contribution to information security through community service, innovation, education, liaison, law enforcement, governance or leadership.

Judging Criteria:

  • Innovation. How has this organisation demonstrated innovation in information security? No more than 250 words.
  • Reputation. In what significant ways has this organisation enhanced the reputation for excellence, honesty and diligence of the information security? No more than 250 words.
  • Advocacy. How has this organisation demonstrated leadership in raising awareness of information security over and beyond its core business interests? No more than 250 words.

Total entry no more than 750 words.
Entries have now closed. See the 2010 winners and finalists here


AusCERT’s Award for Law Enforcement

Presented to the law enforcement organisation that has provided the greatest contribution in the area of law enforcement work relating to online crime-fighting or investigations.

Judging Criteria:

  • Innovation. How has this organisation demonstrated innovation in cybercrime investigations? No more than 250 words.
  • Reputation. In what significant ways has this organisation enhanced the reputation for excellence, honesty and diligence of the law enforcement profession? No more than 250 words.
  • Advocacy. How has this organisation demonstrated leadership in raising awareness of cybercrime over and beyond its core duties? No more than 250 words.

Total entry no more than 750 words.
Entries have now closed. See the 2010 winners and finalists here