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Operational Resilience – Converged Security Resilience Champion

Security convergence is the practice of integrating physical security and information security within an organisation rather than having siloed teams and strategies for each. It is becoming increasing important as physical systems become integrated with information systems.

 

This award recognises someone who has learnt how to balance the convergence of digital and physical security. This individual will know how to recognise different issues that arise when dealing with cyber and physical security and will have demonstrated an ability to bring together the management of physical and cyber security within their organisation and the teams responsible for each.

 

Please answer the questions below to the best of your knowledge. Remember, entries are judged solely on the answers to these questions. So give your nominee the best chance you can. Self-nominations are acceptable. Please limit each answer to 300 words.

 

Q1 Please detail the candidate’s formal role and responsibilities and provide details of the organisation in which they work.

Q2 Please provide details of initiatives they have taken to bring together roles and responsibilities for physical and cyber security within their organisation.

OR: If they are not directly concerned with an organisation’s security, details of what they have done to promote the importance of converged security and its realisation.

Q3 Please provide details of what challenges they faced in changing the status quo around physical and cyber security within their organisation.

OR: If they are not directly concerned with an organisation’s security, details of the challenges they have faced to promote converged security.

Q4 Please provide details of how these initiatives have helped the organisation to become more resilient. If possible include details of specific incidents where a converged response has proved beneficial.

OR: If they are not directly concerned with an organisation’s security, details of the their initiatives to promote converged security.

Q5 Please provide details of anything the candidate has done, outside their organisation to promote convergence between cyber and physical security.

OR: If they are not directly concerned with an organisation’s security, details of the outcomes/achievements of their initiatives to promote converged security.

 

Protective Security

Australia’s Most Outstanding Woman in the Protective Security Industry

This award recognises an outstanding individual who has demonstrated excellence, innovation and leadership in protective security. They will be a strong female leader with a range of skills, delivering successful and highly valued products or services, and/or demonstrating a high level of commitment to excellence in all their business activities.

 

Whatever their achievements they will be likely to have a lasting impact on the protective security industry.

 

Please answer the questions below to the best of your knowledge. Remember, entries are judged solely on the answers to these questions. So give your nominee the best chance you can. Self-nominations are acceptable. Please limit each answer to 300 words.

 

Q1  Please give details of the achievements (eg excellence, innovation or leadership) that you believe make them worthy of this award.

Q2  How have they led/involved others in their achievements, and how have these others benefited?

Q3  What barriers/challenges have they faced in their journey to outstanding achievement?

Q4  What recognition have their achievements received to date?

Q5  How are they making a difference and leading the way as a strong female leader in the protective security/resilience industry?

Q6  Please summarise what you think sets them apart and makes them deserving of this award.

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Australia’s Most Outstanding Woman in IT Security

This award recognises a talented female at the forefront of the industry, one who has been an inspiration to others. Their achievements could be on a number of fronts: outstanding technical skills; a key role in the delivery of market-leading and highly valued products or services; outstanding, widely recognised leadership; meaningful and valuable community contribution; passion and effectiveness in facing and resolving industry challenges.

 

Whatever their achievements they will be likely to have a lasting impact on the IT security industry.

 

Please answer the questions below to the best of your knowledge. Remember, entries are judged solely on the answers to these questions. So give your nominee the best chance you can. Self-nominations are acceptable. Please limit each answer to 300 words.

 

Q1  Please give details of the achievements (eg excellence, innovation, leadership, or all of the above) that you believe make them worthy of this award.

Q2  How have they led/involved others in their achievements, and how have these others benefited?

Q3  What barriers/challenges have they faced in their journey to outstanding achievement?

Q4  What recognition have their achievements received to date?

Q5  Why are they so passionate – and what inspires them – about the work/projects that they tackle?

Q6  Please summarise what you think sets them apart and makes them deserving of this award.

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Best Female Secure Coder

This award recognises someone who has demonstrated stellar expertise in the development of software for any kind of security application: protection or detection. They might be a team leader or a hands-on coder, but whatever their achievements they must be applied and demonstrable.

Please answer the questions below to the best of your knowledge. Remember, entries are judged solely on the answers to these questions. So give your nominee the best chance you can. Self-nominations are acceptable. Please limit each answer to 300 words. The answers to the nomination questions are kept private between the organiser and judges.

 

Q1  Please provide details of the project(s) for which you believe this candidate merits this award.

Q2  What was the candidate’s role in this project?

Q3  What were the main benefits/outcomes of this project?

Q4  What were the main challenges to achieving these outcomes?

Q5 What do they love most about coding in the security industry?

Q6 How will the organisation/company build on your project/projects?

Q7  Please summarise what you believe sets this candidate apart and makes them deserving of this award.

Protective Security

Protective Security Champion

This award recognises the ‘change champion’ that’s working diligently across the protective security industry to support and empower women, either through mentorship or through collaborative work efforts and impactful leadership. This award applauds the individual who’s made outstanding contributions to improve the status and lives of women in the protective 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 and empowering women in the protective security industry – either through mentorship or collaborative work efforts and leadership?

Q2.Why did they decide to want to be a ‘change champion’ and what inspires them to get involved and make a difference?

Q3.How are they improving the status and lives of women in the protective security industry – and is it delivering real results?

Q4. What challenges have they faced in their career that’s helped them to be a ‘change champion’ for others?

Q5. What’s the biggest lesson they have learned about helping others?

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IT Security Champion

This award recognises someone who has gone beyond the formal remit of their role to support, champion and empower women working in IT security. They might be a mentor, leader or collaborator. Their achievements might be in the wider industry or limited to one organisation. This award will be judged on both the scale and the quality of their achievement.

 

Please answer the questions below to the best of your knowledge. Remember, entries are judged solely on the answers to these questions. So give your nominee the best chance you can. Self-nominations are acceptable. Please limit each answer to 300 words.

 

Q1  How is your nominee acting as the voice of security either in the security industry or your organisation.

Q2  Please detail the nominee’s actions/initiatives as to how they are engaging people to be inspired by the IT security message on which this submission is based.

Q3  What have been the most important outcomes of their actions?

Q4  What were the greatest challenges they had to overcome to achieve these outcomes?

Q5- Why do you think this champion deserves the award, eg quality, scale, difficulty of achievement?

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Best Volunteer

This award recognises someone making an outstanding, voluntary, contribution to the cybersecurity and safety of Australian businesses, governments, and the public. They could be working to raise awareness of the risks and dangers of cyberattacks and data thefts, educating or taking direct action in cybersecurity defence or offence in the public, private or government sectors.

 

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.

 

Please answer the questions below to the best of your knowledge. Remember, entries are judged solely on the answers to these questions. So give your nominee the best chance you can. Self-nominations are acceptable. Please limit each answer to 300 words.

 

Q1  Please describe the nominee’s career and volunteer roles in the IT security industry.

Q2  Please provide some information on the commitment being made by the nominee to their volunteer activities: time or expertise required; challenges from other commitments.

Q3  How is your nominee going above and beyond to raise awareness?

Q4  What do you think has been the most important outcome/greatest impact of the nominee’s volunteer work?

Q5 What inspires your nominee to advance cybersecurity and safety in Australia?

Q6  Please summarise why you believe this nominee is outstanding and deserving of this award.

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The One to Watch in IT Security

This award recognises a ‘rising star’ of the IT security industry: someone early in their career who has already made a significant contribution to the industry and shows promise they will go on to greater achievement. They should have already demonstrated excellence and innovation in IT security, and the submission should highlight the talents and achievements that mark them out as having potential for greatness in the industry.

 

Please answer the questions below to the best of your knowledge. Remember, entries are judged solely on the answers to these questions. So give your nominee the best chance you can. Self-nominations are acceptable. Please limit each answer to 300 words.

 

Q1  Please detail their accomplishments to date that you believe demonstrate unrealised and unique potential.

Q2  What challenges have they overcome to achieve those outcomes?

Q3  What impact have they had on the wider industry, beyond the environment in which they work/study?

Q4  How are they demonstrating excellence and innovation in the industry?

Q5  What plans do they have for the future that will support their continued commitment and dedications to the security industry. Eg, personal career goals, education and personal development, vision for the industry? (Mainly for self-nominations)

Q6 What do they love about the security industry?

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Best Security Student

Every great security leader starts as a novice, whether fresh out of school and taking formal study, moving into security from some other role, or rejoining the workforce after an extended absence.

 

This award recognises an exceptional student already contributing substantially, making an impact on the industry, and demonstrating strong potential for a future leadership role.

 

Please answer the questions below to the best of your knowledge. Remember, entries are judged solely on the answers to these questions. So give your nominee the best chance you can. Self-nominations are acceptable. Please limit each answer to 300 words.

 

Q1  Please describe their current role and summarise their journey to that position.

Q2  What challenges have they overcome to get where they are today?

Q3  What have they achieved that demonstrates their leadership potential?

Q4  What involvement do they have with the industry outside their main role?

Q5  What plans do they have that are indicative of leadership potential? (Mainly for self-nomination)

Q6 What do they like most about the security industry and why do they continue to want to make a difference?

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Unsung Hero

Unsung heroes demonstrate excellence in all their security roles and activities. They contribute to the cybersecurity industry or community above and beyond the remit of their formal role, either in parallel with that role or in the wider security community. They might be mentoring women in the industry, tirelessly supporting, encouraging and promoting women’s professional and personal development. They might be an advocate for the security industry. They might be extending their formal role with initiatives to better protect their organisation from cyber threats, or to support and benefit their colleagues.

 

Please answer the questions below to the best of your knowledge. Remember, entries are judged solely on the answers to these questions. So give your nominee the best chance you can. Self-nominations are acceptable. Please limit each answer to 300 words.

 

Q1  Please describe the nominee’s formal role and her ‘heroic,’ ‘unsung’ contributions to the industry.

Q2  What have been the outcomes/benefits of their ‘heroic’ initiatives and activities?

Q3  What challenges do they face/have overcome to undertake these activities?

Q4  What do they like most about the security industry and why they continue to want to make a difference? (Mainly for self-nomination)

Q5  What do you think makes them stand out and deserving of this award.

Q6 Why are they inspired to work so tirelessly and help women and/or the organisation/security industry?