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Press release: BT Information Security Journalism Awards 2014 shortlist announced

DC14-540 (5 November 2014)

BT announces the shortlist for the BT Information Security Journalism Awards 2014. Now in their eighth year the awards recognise and reward journalists working in the field of information and cyber security.

This year saw a record number of entries from journalists across the globe, a real testament to the growing prominence and vital role that information security plays within organisations today.

Ray Stanton, vice president, BT Advise, BT Global Services, and chairman of the judging panel, said: “The sheer volume of entries this year clearly shows it has been another busy year for journalists writing about information and cyber security. As this hot topic regularly makes the headlines of national newspapers, broadcast and trade publications across the globe, we expect this trend to continue.

“The outstanding quality and breadth of submissions has certainly challenged our judges. It inspired some lively and in-depth debate with these established industry experts on the judging day. Once again, we believe that this has made for an impressive shortlist we are incredibly proud of. We would like to thank all of the journalists who entered the awards for their outstanding contribution to the industry. Congratulations go to those journalists who have been shortlisted and we look forward to seeing them at the awards ceremony on November 19.”

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.1 Made up of industry experts and leading security minds, it has extensive experience in implementing security solutions for some of the largest global private and public sector organisations.

The BT Information Security Journalism Awards 2014 shortlist is as follows (in alphabetical order):

Information Security Journalist of the Year

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

Best Information Security News Story of the Year

  • Tom Fox-Brewster for US cybercrime laws being used to target security researchers (The Guardian)
  • John Leyden for Notorious Mexican drug kingpin nabbed thanks to drones and spyware (The Register)
  • Steve Ranger for NATO updates cyber defence policy as digital attacks become a standard part of conflict (ZDNet)
  • Matthew Sparkes for MtGox and Bitcoin: where has £251m gone? (The Daily Telegraph)

Best Overall Information Security Feature Article of the Year

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

Best Privacy Feature of the Year

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

Best Cybercrime Feature of the Year

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

Best Investigative Feature of the Year

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

Best International Feature/News Story of the Year

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

Best Security Broadcast Feature/News Story of the Year

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

BT Enigma Award

  • To be announced at the awards ceremony

The winners will be announced and presented with their awards at a ceremony in central London on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

For more information or to register for the Award ceremony, please contact BTSecurityAwards@porternovelli.co.uk.


1 BT currently has 2,000 security professionals.

About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services.BT consists principally of five lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2014, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,287m with reported profit before taxation of £2,312m.

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BT Security

BT Security is building on 70 years’ experience of helping organisations around the globe and across all sectors get ahead of the threat curve and reduce the uncertainty and complexity of security. We provide an end-to-end capability to help organisations enjoy higher levels of security at a time when security budgets are not keeping pace with the threat landscape.

The sophistication of our security operations means that we think about the assets, the people, and the processes, and combine these with both network and security intelligence to help our customers stay ahead of the security risks. BT Security protects both BT and its customers. These customers are advised by a global team of 2,000 security practitioners and professional services consultants. To find out more about BT Security, visit www.bt.com/security

List of judges in alphabetical order:

  • Dr. Robert Coles – Chief Information Security Officer, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Ron Condon – Freelance 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
  • Professor Fred Piper – Information Security Group, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Ray Stanton - vice president, BT Advise, BT Global Services

For further information:

Please contact Alan Ball, Head of Global PR.