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2013
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BT Information Security Journalism Awards 2013 winners announced

The winners of the BT Information Security Journalism Awards 2013 were announced today. The cream of the crop were recognised and rewarded at the lunchtime ceremony in central London. 

And for the second year in a row, Tom Brewster was named Information Security Journalist of the Year. Once again, Tom proved his credentials with a number of in-depth and probing investigations into key topics including EU data privacy, national cyber policing and government privacy policy. 

Nick Hopkins, defence editor of The Guardian, walked away with the Best Information Security News Story of the Year award for his global exclusive: “UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation”. In a double victory for The Guardian, freelance journalist Ryan Gallagher took home the Best Cybercrime Feature of the Year award for his article: “How Barrett Brown went from Anonymous's PR to federal target” also published by the paper. 

Engineering & Technology’s Aasha Bodhani scooped the Best Overall Feature Article of the Year award for her outstanding feature exploring the concept of the ethical hacker - “Bad...In a Good Way.” Another new entrant, Computeractive’s James Temperton, was awarded the Best Privacy Feature of the Year prize for his article: “Stop the Government Spying on You”. 

Long-standing security authority Danny Bradbury walked away with two prizes including the first award for this year’s new category, Best International Feature Article of the Year, for his feature “SCAMMED” in specialist journal MATTER. He was also awarded the Best Investigative Feature of the Year prize for his investigation into medical device hacking, “The Prognosis for Medical Device Security”, published in Infosecurity. 

BBC News correspondent Gordon Corera was presented with the award for Best Security Broadcast Feature/News Story of the Year for his BBC Radio 4 discussion “Under Attack – The Threat from Cyberspace.” 

Ray Stanton, executive vice president, BT Advise, BT Global Services, and chairman of the independent judging panel, presented the final award of the afternoon, the Enigma Award, to Wendy Grossman for her dedication and outstanding contribution to information security journalism, having written extensively on the subject for several publications over a number of years. 

The winners were chosen by an independent judging panel made up of leading figures from the world of security. 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 proved very popular, attracting entries from across the globe and tackling a number of thought provoking issues. 

Ray Stanton, said: “This has been another fantastic year for the awards. Articles submitted have included some of the most significant and agenda-setting news stories entered into the awards to date. I would like to congratulate all of our winners and shortlisted journalists on the outstanding quality of their submissions and their commitment to moving the security debate forward. 

“BT created these awards in 2005 to recognise, reward and inspire journalists working in this hugely important field. BT is committed to improving information security in the UK and beyond, from home users through to multi-national organisations. For us the need for informed, accurate and cutting-edge journalism about information security has never been greater.” 

Joining Ray Stanton on the judging panel and in presenting the awards were (in alphabetical order): Dr. Robert Coles, CISO, GSK; Ron Condon, journalist; Graham Edwards, Head of Group Information Risk, Centrica Plc; Professor Dr. Hannes P. Lubich, University of Applied Sciences, North-Western Switzerland; Malcolm Marshall, Global Leader, Information Protection Services, KPMG LLP; and Professor Fred Piper, Information Security Group, Royal Holloway, University of London. 

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 winners were presented with their awards at a ceremony in central London. The full shortlists for each category were as follows: 
• Information Security Journalist of the Year: Tom Brewster (Freelance – winner), Danny Bradbury (Freelance), Nick Hopkins (The Guardian), John Leyden (The Register) 
• Best Information Security News Story of the Year: Nick Hopkins (The Guardian – winner), Drew Amorosi (Infosecurity), Tom Brewster (Freelance), Helen Warrell (Financial Times) 
• Best Overall Information Security Feature Article of the Year: Aasha Bodhani (Engineering & Technology – winner), Danny Bradbury (Computer Fraud & Security), Tom Brewster (TechWeekEurope), Caroline Donnelly (IT Pro) 
• Best Privacy Feature of the Year: James Temperton (Computeractive – winner), Tom Brewster (TechWeekEurope), Nick Hopkins (The Guardian), Jenny Southan (Business Traveller) 
• Best Cybercrime Feature of the Year: Ryan Gallagher (The Guardian – winner), Danny Bradbury (Infosecurity), Tom Brewster (TechWeekEurope), John Leyden (The Register) 
• Best Investigative Feature of the Year: Danny Bradbury (Infosecurity – winner), Drew Amorosi (Infosecurity), Richard Fisher (New Scientist), Davey Winder (Cloud Pro) 
• Best International Feature/News Story of the Year: Danny Bradbury (MATTER – winner), Drew Amorosi (Infosecurity), Ryan Gallagher (Slate), Peter Teffer (The Christian Science Monitor) 
• Best Security Broadcast Feature/News Story of the Year: Gordon Corera (BBC Radio 4 – winner), Daniela Springer (Carte Blanche), Geoff White (Channel 4 News) 
• BT Enigma Award: Wendy M. Grossman (Freelance for publications including Infosecurity and NewsWirelessNet – winner) 

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