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Press release: BT Information Security Journalism Awards 2014 winners announced

DC14-583 (19 Nov 2014)

BT today announced the winners of the BT Information Security Journalism Awards 2014 at a lunchtime ceremony in central London. The awards recognise and reward the very best journalists, from across the globe, in the field of information and cyber security

BBC correspondent Gordon Corera was named Information Security Journalist of the Year, his first win in this category. Gordon proved his credentials with a number of in-depth and probing features on critical topics including encryption, Edward Snowden and the spying state, cyber-attacks and data protection.

Tom Fox-Brewster, freelance journalist, received the accolade of Best Information Security News Story of the Year. This was for his story written for The Guardian entitled: “US Cybercrime Laws Being Used to Target Security Researchers”. Also Highly Commended in this category was Matthew Sparks, The Telegraph, for his piece entitled: “MtGox and Bitcoin: where has £251m gone?”.

The Best Overall Information Security Feature Article of the Year was awarded to ZDNet and TechRepublic’s Steve Ranger. He scooped this award for his outstanding feature delving into the digital arms race - “Inside the Secret Digital Arms Race: Facing the Threat of a Global Cyberwar”. Wendy Grossman, Infosecurity Magazine, was also Highly Commended in this category for her feature on “The Internet of Things: The Good, The Bad, and Everything In-Between”.

In addition to his Information Security Journalist of the Year accolade, Gordon Corera also walked away with Best Privacy Feature of the Year. This was given to Gordon for his article on “Who is winning the ‘crypto-war’?”. Highly commended in this category was James Temperton, for his article for ComputerActive entitled “Keep everything on your PC Private”.

The Best Cybercrime Feature of the Year had two joint winners: Paul Peachey and long-standing security authority Danny Bradbury. Paul received the award for his feature in The Independent investigating how on the dark reach of a global child sex ring uncovered in the UK had spread from the US to the Philippines. Danny was honoured for his feature in Infosecurity Magazine entitled “Financial Markets: A Playground for Cybercriminals”.

Veteran security journalist Davey Winder won Best Investigative Feature of the Year for “Do the right thing…for a price: The Market for Vulnerability Data” which appeared in Infosecurity Magazine. Matthew Sparks was again Highly Commended for his piece in The Daily Telegraph entitled: “The Coming Digital Anarchy”.

The International Feature/ News Story of the Year category was won by Kashmir Hill for her feature entitled: “When ‘Smart Homes’ get Hacked”. This piece profiled how Kashmir hacked into a complete stranger’s house via the internet. Highly Commended in this category was Peter Teffer for “In Amsterdam, web archaeologists excavate a digital city” in Christian Science Monitor.

The Best Security Broadcast Feature/ News Story of the Year was won by Geoff White and Meabh Ritchie for “The Data baby Project”. This was broadcast on Channel 4 News. Gordon Corera was Highly Commended in this category for “Crypto Wars”, broadcast on the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4.

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. This prestigious accolade went to John Leyden, The Register, for his dedication and outstanding contribution to information security journalism.

The winners were chosen by an independent judging panel made up of leading figures from the world of security. The BT Information Security Journalism Awards were set up in 2005 to recognise, reward and inspire journalists working in this hugely important and evolving field.

Ray Stanton said: “This has been another fantastic year for the awards. The articles submitted this year have been of exceptional quality, and focus on some of the most critical themes and issues facing the security industry today. I would like to extend huge congratulations to all of our winners and shortlisted journalists on the outstanding quality of their submissions and their dedication to bringing important security issues to the forefront of people’s attention.”

Joining Ray Stanton on the judging panel and in presenting the awards were (in alphabetical order):

  • Dr Robert Coles, Chief Security Information Officer, GlaxoSmithKline;
  • Ron Condon, journalist;
  • Graham Edwards, Head of Group Security, Nationwide;
  • Professor Dr Hannes P. Lubich, University of Applied Sciences, North-Western Switzerland;
  • Malcolm Marshall, Global Leader, Information Protection Services, KPMG LLP;
  • 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. BT created the security 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.

Notes to editors

The full shortlists for each category were as follows:

Information Security Journalist of the Year

  • WINNER: Gordon Corera (BBC)
  • Highly Commended: Tom Fox-Brewster (Freelance)
  • Hal Hodson (New Scientist)
  • Davey Winder (Freelance)

Best Information Security News Story of the Year

  • WINNER: Tom Fox-Brewster for US cybercrime laws being used to target security researchers (The Guardian)
  • Highly Commended: Matthew Sparkes for MtGox and Bitcoin: where has £251m gone? (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Steve Ranger for NATO updates cyber defence policy as digital attacks become a standard part of conflict (ZDNet)
  • Shona Ghosh for The Security Threat of Hidden XP (PC Pro)

Best Overall Information Security Feature Article of the Year

  • WINNER: Steve Ranger for Inside the secret digital arms race: Facing the threat of a global cyberwar (Tech Republic)
  • Highly Commended: Wendy Grossman for The Internet of Things: The good, the bad, and everything in between (Infosecurity Magazine)
  • Eleanor Dallaway Let’s hear it for the ladies: Women in Information Security (Infosecurity Magazine)
  • Aasha Bodhani Securing the Sale (E&T Magazine)

Best Privacy Feature of the Year

  • WINNER: Gordon Corera for Who is winning the ‘crypto-war’? (BBC)
  • Highly Commended: James Temperton for Keep everything on your PC Private (Computeractive)
  • Jenny Southan for Web of Intrigue (Business Traveller)
  • Fiona O’Cleirigh for Bill Binney, the ‘original’ NSA whistleblower, on Snowden, 9/11 and illegal surveillance (Computer Weekly)

Best Cybercrime Feature of the Year

  • JOINT WINNER: Paul Peachey for Dark reach of global child sex ring uncovered in UK had spread from US to Philippines (The Independent)
  • JOINT WINNER: Danny Bradbury for Financial Markets: A Playground for cybercriminals (Infosecurity Magazine)
  • Stewart Mitchell for When coding becomes a crime (PC Pro)
  • Hal Hodson for Silk Road bust hints at FBI’s new cybercrime powers (New Scientist)

Best Investigative Feature of the Year

  • WINNER: Davey Winder for Do the right thing…for a price: The market for vulnerability data (Infosecurity Magazine)
  • Highly Commended: Matthew Sparkes for The coming digital anarchy (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Zoe Kleinman for Car hackers use laptop to control standard car (BBC News)
  • Ryan Gallagher for Skype under investigation in Luxembourg over link to NSA (The Guardian)

Best International Feature/News Story of the Year

  • WINNER: Kashmir Hill for When ‘Smart Homes’ get Hacked: I haunted a complete stranger’s house via the Internet (Forbes)
  • HC: Peter Teffer for In Amsterdam, web archaeologists excavate a digital city (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Hal Hodson for When the Internet dies, meet the meshnet that survives (New Scientist)
  • Hamish Barwick for The season of scams (Infosecurity Magazine)

Best Security Broadcast Feature/News Story of the Year

  • WINNER: Geoff White and Meabh Ritchie for The Data Baby Project (Channel 4 News)
  • HC: Gordon Corera for Crypto Wars (BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4)
  • Susan Watts for Hacker meets tracker (BBC Newsnight)

BT Enigma Award – presented by Ray Stanton, BT

  • WINNER: John Leyden, The Register

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