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Best Female Secure Coder

This award recognises a superhero coder who’s mastered the art of developing computer software or programs that guard against security vulnerabilities. She might be a superstar team player or natural leader, or fine-tuned the art of DevSecOps and is passionate about the secure-development methodology and many others. In your nomination, tell us about the project or projects that delivered tangible outcomes and quality improvements, and how you did it.

Please answer the below questions to the best of your knowledge.

Q1.What project or projects are you working on that are delivering outcomes and quality improvements to the company/organisation?

Q2.What’s unique and different about it?

Q3. Why are you so passionate about the security arena?

Q4. What do you love most about coding in the security industry?

Q5. How will the organisation/company build on your project/projects?

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Australia’s Most Outstanding Woman in IT Security

This award recognises female innovators leading the way in IT security – talented women at the forefront of the industry demonstrating a vast array of inspirational work. The winner will demonstrate a combination of factors which may include: whiz-bang technical skills; extensive influence on delivering impactful products or services; real leadership and ambition in ideas; an insatiable commitment to giving back to the community; and a passion to combat issues in the current cyber landscape. The award winner is helping turn the corner on innovation, alter and change policies and influence boardroom decisions. Through a series of outstanding achievements, the winner is reshaping the security industry and leaving an indelible mark.

In your nomination, please answer the below questions for your nomination to qualify, remember judges score solely based on your nomination so give them a fighting chance!

 

Q1.Can you highlight their successful achievements that reveal one or some of the following: whiz-bang technical skills; extensive influence on delivering impactful products or services; real leadership and ambition in ideas; a commitment to giving back to the community; and a passion to combat security issues.

Q2. Why are they so passionate – and what inspires them – about the work/projects that they tackle? (Mainly for self-nominations)

Q3. In your opinion, how are they making a difference and leading the way as a female frontrunner and innovator in the IT security industry?

Q4. How have they overcome challenges/hurdles in the security industry – and has this further inspired them to demonstrate inspirational work?

Q5. What makes them unique and different in their security journey?

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IT Security Champion

This award recognises the individual who effectively acts as the voice of security in any given product or team. It applauds the person who’s mastered the art of engaging people with the IT security message – and is more aware and better equipped to deal with the ever-evolving IT security threats.

Tell us how your ‘security champion’ increases the effectiveness and efficiency of the security program – improves the security culture and posture of the organisation – while strengthening relationships between teams.

In your nomination, please answer the below questions for your nomination to qualify, remember judges score solely based on your nomination so give them a fighting chance!

 

Q1.How is your nominee acting as the voice of security in any given product or team?

Q2. How are they engaging people in their team/organisation to be inspired by the IT security message and deal with the latest threats?

Q3. How is your nominee increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the security program?

Q4. How is your nominee improving the security culture and posture of the organisation?

Q5. How is your nominee strengthening relationships between teams? Can you share their successes/accomplishments?

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The One to Watch in IT Security

This award recognises the exceptional talents of an individual who’s journey in IT security has shown consistent dedication and commitment to excellence. They could be a master problem solver, a technological wizard with superior communication and security skills, or a powerhouse security specialist that’s slated for continual distinction. We’re on the hunt for an individual with a unique and personalised approach, and who will act as a role model for others.

In your nomination, please answer the below questions for your nomination to qualify, remember judges score solely based on your nomination so give them a fighting chance!

 

Q1. What makes their approach towards the security industry  ‘unique and personalised’?

Q2. What security projects or programs have they excelled in and proven valuable to their company/organisation?

Q3. What do they love about the security industry?

Q4. How do they plan to continue to show commitment and dedication to the security industry?

Q5. How are their efforts inspiring others? What does it mean for them to be a role model for others?

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Best Volunteer

This award recognises the volunteer that’s advancing the cybersecurity and safety of the Australian public, as well as businesses and governments in Australia. They are going ‘above and beyond’ to raise awareness of the risks and dangers of cyberattacks and data thefts in the Australian community.

The individual might be educating public or private sector agencies – and the general public – on how to improve the IT security posture and reduce risks resulting from inadequate technical security controls. Or they could be providing public education on internet security; for example, promoting the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing; or enhancing the security readiness and response of public and private sector entities.

In your nomination, please answer the below questions for your nomination to qualify, remember judges score solely based on your nomination so give them a fighting chance!
Q1. Please tell us about your nominee, and why they’re involved in the security industry?
Q2. How is your nominee advancing cybersecurity and the safety of the public and/or businesses and governments?
Q3. How is your nominee going above and beyond to raise awareness?
Q4. What inspires your nominee to advance cybersecurity and safety in Australia?
Q5. Can you highlight some of their achievements in the security arena?

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Unsung Hero

Unsung heroes give back to the cybersecurity community and demonstrate excellence in all pursuits and endeavours. It could be through mentoring women in the security industry by tirelessly supporting, encouraging and promoting their professional and personal development. Or they go above and beyond the call of duty to protect their organisations from cyber threats by either initiating a cyber risk awareness campaign or being a superstar advocate for the security industry.

In your nomination, please answer the below questions for your nomination to qualify, remember judges score solely based on your nomination so give them a fighting chance!

 

Q1.How are they supporting, encouraging and promoting women in security or their organisation, or being an advocate for the security industry?

Q2. Why are they inspired to work so tirelessly and help women and/or the organisation/security industry?

Q3. Can you highlight some of their achievements and successes where they have gone above and beyond to protect their organisation from cyber threats, or in supporting and promoting women?

Q4. What challenges do they face in either mentoring women/or protecting their organisation/being an industry advocate? (Mainly for self-nomination)

Q5. What do you like most about the security industry and why you continue to want to make a difference? (Mainly for self-nomination)

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Best Program for Young Women In Security

More and more women are leading the charge for technological innovation in the security industry. But to develop and nurture self-assured and capable female leaders requires hard work and dedication through the ongoing efforts of education. It requires engagement – and very early on – to help ignite the passion for the security industry and to help overcome fears and challenges – all while painting a realistic picture about life as a woman in the security industry.

This award recognises programs that have effectively used the power of learning – either through teaching, lecturing or training activities – to educate and inspire young ladies entering security. This could involve giving presentations to young women, to delivering lessons or lectures to students.

Please answer the below questions for your nomination to qualify, remember judges score solely based on your nomination so give them a fighting chance!
Q1.How is your nominated program using the power of learning to help young ladies in security (i.e. teaching, lecturing, training?)
Q2.What does the education program entail?
Q3. How is this rewarding to young women?
Q4. How is this program helping them overcome their fears and challenges?

 

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Best Security Student

Enlightening and empowering tomorrow’s great security leaders requires constant guidance and hard work – and it has to start today. This award recognises an exceptional student who’s already making a difference to the security industry – a young gun superstar in the trenches – with sleeves rolled up – and contributing to the field by demonstrating the qualities of a great security leader.

In your nomination, please answer the below questions for your nomination to qualify, remember judges score solely based on your nomination so give them a fighting chance!

 

Q1. How did they first get involved in the security industry?

Q2. What contributions have they already made that demonstrate their student leadership qualities?

Q3. What do they plan to work on in the future – projects on the boil and like to get started on?

Q4. How do they continue to engage with the security industry? Key programs/projects?

Q5. What do they like most about the security industry and why do they continue to want to make a difference?