BT Information Security Journalism awards 2013 shortlist announced

BT today announced the shortlist for its Information Security Journalism Awards 2013. 

Now in their ninth year the awards were set up to recognise, reward and inspire journalists working in this hugely important and evolving field. 

This year’s awards have proved the most popular to date, a real testament to the growing recognition of the vital role information security plays within organisations today. 

The new international category has proved very popular attracting entries from across the globe and tackling a number of thought-provoking issues. 

Ray Stanton, vice president, BT Advise, BT Global Services, and chairman of the judging panel, said: “It has been another fascinating and busy year for journalists writing about information security. The number and outstanding quality of submissions challenged our judges more than ever, and has made for an impressive shortlist that we are incredibly proud of.” 

Professor Dr. Hannes P. Lubich, University of Applied Sciences, North-Western Switzerland and one of the judges, said: “There is a growing recognition that information security is at the heart of contemporary business and families’ digital life. Judging this year’s BT awards was no easy task due to the incredible quality of cutting-edge journalism about Information Security, not to mention the breadth of globally relevant topics covered.” 

BT is committed to improving information security and recognises its importance to the UK and beyond, from people in their own homes through to multi-national organisations. Its business dedicated to serving customers in this important field, BT Security, is one of the largest security and business continuity practices in the world . Made up of industry experts and leading security minds, it has extensive experience in implementing security solutions for some of the largest global organisations. 

The BT Information Security Journalism Awards 2013 shortlist is as follows: 

Information Security Journalist of the Year 
• Danny Bradbury (Freelance) 
• Tom Brewster (TechWeekEurope) 
• Nick Hopkins (The Guardian) 
• John Leyden (The Register) 

Best Information Security News Story of the Year 
• Drew Amorosi for The Cloud Gives, Takes Away, and Gives Back Away: How Matt Honan got hacked (Infosecurity) 
• Tom Brewster for EU Resists ‘Extreme’ US Lobbying As Data Privacy War Brews (TechWeekEurope) 
• Nick Hopkins for UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation (The Guardian) 
• Helen Warrell for MI5 warns universities on cyber spying (Financial Times) 

Best Overall Information Security Feature Article of the Year 
• Aasha Bodhani for Bad...In a Good Way (Engineering & Technology) 
• Danny Bradbury for Information Warfare: A Battle Waged in Public (Computer Fraud & Security) 
• Tom Brewster for Words Of War And Weakness: The Zero-Day Exploit Market (TechWeekEurope) 
• Caroline Donnelly for Computer Games: Why the next world war could be fought online (IT Pro) 

Best Privacy Feature of the Year 
• Tom Brewster for How the Government is Lying About Fighting the Database State (TechWeekEurope) 
• Nick Hopkins for NSA Prism surveillance scandal downplayed by UK government (The Guardian) 
• Jenny Southan for Open Door (Business Traveller) 
• James Temperton for Stop the Government Spying on You (Computeractive) 

Best Cybercrime Feature of the Year 
• Danny Bradbury for Hack to the Future (Infosecurity) 
• Tom Brewster for The Rush To Fix Britain’s Cyber Police (TechWeekEurope) 
• Ryan Gallagher for How Barrett Brown went from Anonymous’s PR to federal target (The Guardian) 
• John Leyden for The 30-year-old prank that became the first computer virus (The Register) 

Best Investigative Feature of the Year 
• Drew Amorosi for Stoking the Flames of Cyber War (Infosecurity) 
• Danny Bradbury for The Prognosis for Medical Device Security (Infosecurity) 
• Richard Fisher for Florida pet spa mystery link to China’s great firewall (New Scientist) 
• Davey Winder for Cryptography attack: side-channel cloud threat is all nerd and no knickers (Cloud Pro) 

Best International Feature/News Story of the Year 
• Drew Amorosi for The Politics of Cybersecurity (Infosecurity) 
• Danny Bradbury for SCAMMED (Matter) 
• Ryan Gallagher for Cyberwar’s Gray Market (Slate) 
• Peter Teffer for Should ‘good’ hackers be protected by law? (The Christian Science Monitor)

Best Security Broadcast Feature/News Story of the Year 
• Gordon Corera for Under Attack – The Threat from Cyberspace (BBC Radio 4) 
• Daniela Springer for Fighting Cyber Crime (Carte Blanche) 
• Geoff White for Inside the Yahoo Hack (Channel 4 News) 

BT Enigma Award 
• Announced at the awards ceremony 

The winners will be announced and presented with their awards at a ceremony in central London on Thursday, 28th November 2013. 
For more information or to register for the Award ceremony, please contact BTSecurityAwards@porternovelli.co.uk.