Peer-judged AISA security awards return for second year

Strong support for last year’s inaugural AISA Awards has motivated the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) to bring them back again this year, with less than two weeks to go before the September 16 nomination deadline.

The 2013 awards will be presented at AISA’s gala dinner in Sydney on the evening of 10 October, when the nearly 2500-strong national security-professionals body will hold its annual conference.

The 400-seat event is already nearly booked out, national director Benn Dullard told CSO Australia, adding that the strong response confirmed the awards are “an event that people want”.

“Following on from the success of the first awards last year, we’ve decided to make them an annual event,” Dullard continued. “Many awards are black boxes, but ours are independently judged by our membership. Because we can approach the industry as a whole, we can involve those people who might otherwise go unacknowledged.”

This year’s award categories include Security Rookie of the Year, Security Professional of the Year, Security Team of the Year, Security Project of the Year, and Security Employer of the Year.

Members nominate and vote for the winners, but non-members are also eligible to win AISA Awards.

While he acknowledged that the nature of security-industry awards meant many projects could not be discussed in great detail, Dullard encouraged people to include whatever information they were able in order to best substantiate their nominations.

Nominations are published on AISA’s Web site for review and voting by members, who will lodge their votes in the leadup to the conference.

Nominations for this year’s awards close on Monday, September 16 at 5pm AEST. The nomination form is available online here.

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