Shortlist for top IT sec journalists announced

September 23, 2010

BT has announced the shortlist for the 2010 BT Information Security Journalism Awards, sponsored for the fourth year by BT Global Services.

Ray Stanton, Executive Global Head Business Continuity, Security & Governance, BT & chairman of the judging panel said: “The quality of the entries was higher than ever this year.  When judging the entries, the judges couldn’t help but notice the move to more factual based stories focused on innovation and foresight.  They were also impressed with the sheer breadth of subject knowledge from some of the journalists”.

The winners will be announced and presented with their awards at a ceremony on 14 October.

The awards are open to UK-based freelance and staff journalists from print or online publications.

Ron Condon, UK Bureau Chief, SearchSecurity and a judge on the panel, said: “It’s good to see that over the years these awards have generated greater and greater interest and more importantly how these great stories have helped to push security beyond the industry press into more mainstream publications”. (Ed: Slight problem with the awards – we assume Ron can’t enter as he is a judge. Surely he’d be a storng contender?)

We’ll be catching up and interviewing many of those shortlisted. In the meantime good luck and congratulations all who have been recognised so far:

Information Security Journalist of the Year

  • Emily Ford (The Times)
  • Paul Marks (New Scientist)
  • Davey Winder (Freelance)

Best Information Security News Story of the Year

  • Murad Ahmed for Goodbye cruel web: legal row as social networks escape in ‘suicide machine’ (The Times)
  • Paul Marks for Want to clone bank cards? Just press ‘print’. (New Scientist)
  • Wendy M Grossman for Net.wars: Privacy victims (Freelance for Newswireless.net)

Best Privacy Feature of the Year

  • Linda Geddes for Rat in your cellphone (New Scientist)
  • Wendy M Grossman  for Fasten your seatbelts: Information security and the travel industry (Freelance for infosecurity)
  • Davey Winder for What’s hiding in the Ts and Cs? (Freelance for PC Pro Magazine)

Best ID Management Feature of the Year

  • Dan Raywood for Is there a flaw in biometrics if authentication data is hacked? (SC Magazine)
  • Cath Everett for Who do you think you are? (Freelance for Infosecurity)
  • Murad Ahmed for Four million British identities are up for sale on the internet (The Times)

Best Business Continuity Feature of the Year

  • Danny Bradbury for An Olympic effort to secure the games (Infosecurity)
  • Paul Marks for How to short-circuit the American powergrid (New Scientist)
  • Rahiel Nasir for The road to recovery (Networking +)

Best Generic Security Feature of the Year

  • DeeDee Doke for Preventing the contact tug of war (Recruiter)
  • Wendy M. Grossman for Death, where is thy password? (Freelance for Newswireless.net)
  • Dave Waller for Vendors often over emphasise malicious IT threats to help sell their products, but is this a case of crying wolf? (Freelance for SC Magazine)
  • Davey Winder for The top 10 IT security heroes (Freelance for PC Pro Magazine)

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