Winners at the AusCERT 2011 awards night

Stephen Gillies

Each year at the AusCERT conference a number of awards are given to individuals and companies who have significantly contributed to the information security industry in areas such as community service, innovation, education, liaison, law enforcement, governance or leadership. Nominations are not invited - the AusCERT team, working at the cold face, identifies and submits candidates to the AusCERT judging panel. congratulates the winners who were as follows:

The Individual Excellence in Information Security award

Wade Alcorn from NGS Secure received this award for the way he engages with the technology community about security topics and his promotion of Information Security in the security industry. Wade has experience in numerous aspects of offensive information security assessments and has provided leadership to large teams of security professionals. He has presented at conferences including BlackHat and previous AusCERT conferences.

NGS Secure is an independent provider of penetration testing and security services. NGS Secure also provides a number of Internet and database security software solutions which assist security professionals scan, audit, secure and report on the security of web applications and the supporting databases.

AusCERT’s award for Organisational Excellence in Information Security

Australian Taxation Office picked up this award for its proactive work against fraudulent activity targeting Australians. Working with a number of government agencies the ATO identifies scams aimed at Australians and analyses the many new ways phishing techniques are used in the Australian environment.

AusCERT’s award for best security initiative

Google for its Safe Browsing alerts for Network Administrators programme, which allows autonomous system (AS) administrators to register to receive Google Safe Browsing notifications. The goal is to provide network administrators with information of malicious content that is being hosted on their networks and is targets Internet Service Providers, telecommunications companies and large enterprise. 

To sign up, visit and log in using a google account. Network Administrators can then add a number of ASNs to the interface. Google verifies ASN ownership using the APNIC database for contact details. 

The Gala Dinner event, which attracted both delegates and sponsors, was hosted by Corinne Grant and featured Australian musical comedy group Tripod and ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ finalists Soul Mystique. Receiving somewhat random ‘trophies’ from Corine Grant in lieu of the real awards which were “forgotten” by the AusCERT team, Wade received a lamp (from Corinne’s hotel room), the ATO were awarded a heavy candelabra (with candles) and Google were given a ‘Caution Wet Floor’ sign from the hotel lobby.

Luckily the Queensland police saw the humour in the event and we understand that all the items were returned to the hotel without arrests being made.

Corinne Grant congratulates the ATO

Len Kleinman from the Australian Taxation Office accepts his `prize' from Corinne Grant. (photo courtesy of Computerworld)