AusCERT's answer to the Academy Awards was held on Thursday night in front of a packed room at the Royal Pines Resort at the Gold Coast. The event was hosted by popular radio and television personality Adam Spencer. The four awards recognised the achievements of individuals and organisations that made outstanding contributions to the Australian information security sector.
The first award that was presented was AusCERT’s Award for Individual Excellence in Information Security. This was presented to the individual who provided a great contribution to information security in terms of their work in the areas of information security, community service, innovation, education, liaison, law enforcement, governance or leadership.
The three nominees were Alex Tilley of the Australian Federal Police, Daryl Peter of NewSat and Beenu Arora. The award was presented to Alex Tilley, a senior technical analyst who has been working on a number of cyber crime initiatives.
The second award that was presented was AusCERT’s Award for Organisational Excellence in Information Security. This was presented to the organisation that provided a great contribution to information security in terms of its work in the areas of information security community service, innovation, education, liaison, law enforcement, governance or leadership.
The three nominees were Arbor Networks, CeniTex and OWASP. The award was presented to OWASP that was recognised for the work it has done in focusing on improving the security of software.
The third award was AusCERT’s Award for Best Security Initiative. This was presented to either an individual or organisation for developing solutions to security threats that build trust and confidence in the online environment.
The three nominees were Rapid7, New Zealand's NCSC and OWASP. Rapid7 was recognised for its work on Project Sonar, a community effort to improve security through the active analysis of public networks. This includes running scans across public Internet-facing systems, organising the results, and sharing the data with the information security community. The three components of this project are tools, datasets, and research. The site will be used to announce, document, and discuss these components.
The last award was the SC Editor's Choice Award. This award was reserved for an information security professional who has, over the past 12 months, performed an extraordinary feat, overcome a significant obstacle or made a significant contribution to the wider InfoSec community
This year's winner, Tony Braban, is the CISO of Australia Post. He has been responsible for the integration of security professionals into the development teams who have created and deployed many new apps and services for Australia Post. This change has resulted in a significant reduction in the cost of development as security is built into the new apps and services rather than added later and delivered higher quality applications as fewer bugs are making their way into the final products.