Award Categories


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.

* Nominees are strongly advised to submit contact details for customers who may be contacted by judges. This is used to assist judging only and is not for publication.


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.

* Nominees are strongly advised to submit contact details for customers who may be contacted by judges. This is used to assist judging only and is not for publication.


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.

* Nominees are strongly advised to submit contact details for customers who may be contacted by judges. This is used to assist judging only and is not for publication.


Protector Award

Awarded to the product, suite or service that did the most to keep its users’ online presences functioning against threats such as DDoS, zero-day vulnerabilities, insider threats (malicious and unintentional) and brute force attacks. Such products may include:

  • Anti-virus and anti-malware
  • Web application firewalls
  • IDS/IPS
  • Traditional firewalls
  • Web filters
  • Traffic and web server managers

Judging Criteria:

  • Explain how this product or service protects its users better than its competitors? No more than 300 words.
  • How does it differ significantly from its competitors? Describe its technical advantages. No more than 300 words.
  • Describe the business advantages organisations gain by investing in the nominee? No more than 300 words.

Total entry no more than 900 words.

* Nominees are strongly advised to submit contact details for customers who may be contacted by judges. This is used to assist judging only and is not for publication.


Mobile Security Solution

Awarded to the solution or provider that keeps data and applications safe and secure while travelling on networks, stored on removable media or “light OS” mobile devices including:

  • Tablets
  • Smartphones
  • Thumb drives and
  • Mobile network end points (but not notebook PCs)

Judging Criteria:

  • Explain how this product or service protects its users better than its competitors? No more than 300 words.
  • How does it differ significantly from its competitors? Describe its technical advantages. No more than 300 words.
  • Describe the business advantages organisations gain by investing in the nominee? No more than 300 words.

Total entry no more than 900 words.

* Nominees are strongly advised to submit contact details for customers who may be contacted by judges. This is used to assist judging only and is not for publication.


Gatekeeper Award

Awarded to the solution that best controlled who had access to information and provided logging, tracking and remediation in the event of misadventure. Products for consideration may come from categories such as:

  • Data Leakage
  • SIEM and log management
  • Forensics

Judging Criteria:

  • Explain how this product or service protects its users better than its competitors? No more than 300 words.
  • How does it differ significantly from its competitors? Describe its technical advantages. No more than 300 words.
  • Describe the business advantages organisations gain by investing in the nominee? No more than 300 words.

Total entry no more than 900 words.

* Nominees are strongly advised to submit contact details for customers who may be contacted by judges. This is used to assist judging only and is not for publication.


AusCERT Awards

Categories:

  • AusCERT’s award for Individual Excellence in Information Security
  • AusCERT’s award for Organisational Excellence in Information Security
  • AusCERT’s award for best security initiative

Nominations are invited for the AusCERT awards. The judging will be by the AusCERT team who work at the coal face of incident response. AusCERT will consider those who have provided the greatest overall contribution to information security in terms of their work in the areas of information security such as community service, innovation, education, liaison, law enforcement, governance or leadership.