Judging Panels

Winners are decided by an expert panel of judges. These judges are hand-picked by SC Magazine’s editorial team for their breadth of knowledge and experience in the information security industry. Luminaries comprising the panel come from all walks of live. They review the materials provided by entrants, and any applicable research or analyst reports and product reviews by SC Magazine. There will be one winner chosen per category. There are two separate judging panels:

SC Magazine Awards Judging Panel

Nate Cochrane

Nate Cochrane

SC Magazine Editor-in-Chief

Nate Cochrane is Secure Computing Magazine’s editor in chief. Over 11 years as a reporter and editor for Fairfax’s Next IT section in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and previously at The West Australian he covered the security, hacking and trust beats.

He famously applied game theory to “beat the banker” on the television game show, Deal or No Deal, walking off with the world record prize of $515,000. He was one of the first journalists to identify the peer-to-peer trend. His stories have featured on Myth Busters and in 2001 led to the awarding of an MIT Ig Nobel prize to IP Australia and John Keogh for the patenting of the wheel. Cochrane was Australia’s first online journalist.

Phil Kernick


Phil has 19 years of experience in information security and technology. He has focussed on information security for the past 11 years and has CISSP and Cisco CCSP security certifications. Phil has specialised in the areas of information security architecture and strategy, and his engineering background has provided a focus for protecting the SCADA assets of critical infrastructure businesses.

Phil has an extensive knowledge and experience of the financial, utility, and defence market segments where he has conducted numerous security and application reviews, developed security audit programmes, and assisted clients to maximise the value of their information assets though effective security strategy and architecture. Phil’s other strengths include well-developed communication skills and a strong business understanding which complement his technical abilities.

Nigel Phair

Security consultant and author

Nigel Phair is a specialist in cyber crime and speaks regularly both in Australia and internationally. He is widely acknowledged as a authority in the intersection of society, technology and crime.

He spent over four years at the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, where he led investigations and represented the Centre in numerous intergovernmental and external forums. He has extensive experience working with a variety of industry groups, including banking & finance and the telecommunications sector.

Nigel is a Senior Fellow within the Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention, University of Wollongong and a Lecturer within the Australian Graduate School of Policing, Charles Sturt University. As well as an undergraduate degree, he holds a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Law. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has recently published a critically acclaimed book detailing the international impact of cyber crime.

Tim Ebringer

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

Tim’s career has lurched through various areas of computer security, making him likely one of the most dangerous persons in computer science. After a PhD in tamper resistant software, he went on to some early work with the notorious TPM chip at IBM.

He spent some time learning about fraud and money-laundering whilst employed in computer forensics at Deloitte, before helping CA set up its research arm, CA Labs, in Melbourne. At one stage, he was even employed to break into Korean ATMs. He now works at Microsoft in the Anti-Malware team.

Ajoy Ghosh

CISO Logica

Honoured by ISC2 the as the Senior IT Security Professional for 2009, Ajoy has 15+ years experience in ICT and business security. After originally graduating as a Computer Engineer, he spent a number of years in various capacities in law enforcement, banking and consultancy. He is now the Chief Information Security Officer at Logica.

He specialises in computer forensics, information security, reliability and protective security. He has been the expert witness in some of Australia’s largest and politically sensitive corporate investigations and is routinely called to provide expert opinion in complex criminal cases including child pornography, organised criminal networks, homicide, fraud and terrorism.

Ajoy is the author of Standard Australia’s Handbook 171 Guidelines on the Management of IT Evidence, and co-author of Handbook 231 Information Risk Management Guidelines. He is currently leads the Australian representation on ISO N7570: Acquisition of Digital Evidence. He advises a number of industry and government committees on information and protective security, including advising on regulation and legislation and lectures in cybercrime and computer forensics to post-graduate law and police studies students.

He is an accredited assessor, endorsed by the Defence Signals Directorate to provide information security services to the Commonwealth government (see http://www.irap.securelink.com.au/assessor.php) and a Certified Information Security Systems Practitioner (CISSP) see www.isc2.org.

Jason Edelstein

CTO – Sense of Security

Jason has more than 10 years commercial information security experience and co-founded Sense of Security in 2002. Prior to that, he held senior information security positions at Ernst and Young, Dimension Data and Deutsche Bank.

He is responsible for defining the overall direction and strategy of Sense of Security’s business, focusing on technologies, solutions and services. He also leads Sense of Security’s unparalleled team of technical consultants, and is responsible for maintaining the highest levels of service delivery to clients and partners.

Jason has attained industry certifications from ISC, SANS, Microsoft, Sun, Novell, Cisco, Check Point, and the PCI SSC.

Drazen Drazic

MD Securus Global

Drazen Drazic is the managing director of Securus Global, a leading information security consulting organisation specialising in application security, penetration testing and product testing for international security vendors.

He is engaged as a consultant across most industry sectors on information security policy and strategy. In earlier times, he has headed up information security for a global investment bank and Big-Four professional services firm, been a regional IT director and spent years promoting and talking about information security. He is a writer on the IT security management blog, Beast or Buddha and other similar sites.

Twitter: @ddrazic

Keith Price

National Director of the Australian Information Security Association

Keith Price is the National Director of the Australian Information Security Association. He started his IT career more than 20 years ago and today specialises in information security and IT risk management, strategy and governance. His experience spans consulting, banking, insurance and utilities. Price’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees; he is a CISSP, CISM and CGEIT.

Rick Harvey

CTO Lockbox

Harvey has spent most of his 25-year career developing world-class security software. He has gone from programmer to manager to entrepreneur and CTO of his own Australian high-tech start-up that he successfully exited in 1998. From vice president of development at Platinum technologies he went on to be senior vice president and distinguished engineer at CA. He is now chief technology officer at Lockbox, a small Australian security and privacy company.

Harvey has significant expertise in security, privacy and distributed systems with more than 30 such patents to his name. His public-speaking skills are in demand and he advises venture capitalists and start-ups on innovation, technology and commercialisation. He has an honours degree in electrical and computer systems engineering and is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Joel Hatton


Joel Hatton is a senior computer security analyst with AusCERT. He has, variously, worn the hat of first responder for IT security incidents, UNIX systems administrator, infrastructure coordinator and trainer. Joel is approaching his first decade in the field of information systems security and has held CISSP certification since 2005.

AusCERT Awards Judging Panel

Mark McPherson

Mark McPherson

Manager, Training and Conferences, AusCERT

Mark’s career has spanned more twenty years in the IT industry, the last twelve of which have been spent as a security analyst, educator, and part of the management team with AusCERT, and now, Mark is the AusCERT2010 Conference Chair.

Mark’s computer security experience includes front-line support and management roles in incident response, course development & delivery and conference & seminar presentations and management of conferences in both Australia and around the globe.

In recent years, Mark coordinated and delivered AusCERT Computer Security and Incident Handling training programs to government and educational organisations throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region, including projects for CAUDIT (www.caudit.edu.au), APEC and ASEAN and FIRST, however, for the past four years, Mark has focused mainly on the AusCERT conference.

In 2001, Mark was designated as AusCERT’s team representative to FIRST (Forum of Incident Response Security Teams), and at the 2002 FIRST conference Mark was elected by the membership to the FIRST Steering Committee and FIRST.ORG Inc Board. Mark co-chaired the FIRST 2005 conference in Singapore.

Mark was involved in the creation of the Asia-Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) in 2002. APCERT is a coalition of CSIRTs (Computer Security Incident Response Teams) from 13 economies across the Asia Pacific region which cooperates on regional incident handling and information dissemination (www.apcert.org). AusCERT continues its involvement on the steering committee of APCERT.

Eric Halil

Eric Halil

Senior Security Analyst, ITS, The University of Queensland

Eric Halil is a senior security analyst with The University of Queensland’s incident response team. Eric has over 15 years experience in the IT security arena. Prior to his current UQ position this included a variety of technical and training roles with AusCERT and as technical team leader for the Sun Microsystems internal computer security incident response team.

Claire Groves

Claire Groves

Marketing and Communications Coordinator, ITS, The University of Queensland

Claire Groves is one of the AusCERT conference event organisers and has been working with AusCERT since the first event in 2002. Claire works closely with the media, and for the past two years with SC to bring these industry awards together at the AusCERT conference. Claire’s primary role is marketing and communications for IT services at The University of Queensland.