Press release: BT opens nominations for the information security journalism awards 2014

DC14-299 (08 July 2014)

Annual award in its eighth year opens to all UK and International journalists

Entries are now open for the eighth annual BT Information Security Journalism Awards. Created in 2005, the awards recognise and reward journalists working in the prominent field of information and cyber security.

Following the success of last year’s International Category, this year's awards will once again be open to journalists from outside of the UK, acknowledging both the growing popularity of the awards and the increased focus and importance of information security in the global market place.
(See full instructions on how to enter below.)

Celebrating the high quality of security journalism, the winners of the BT Information Security Journalism awards 2014 will be announced at an awards lunch to be held at a central London venue in November 2014. Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Information Security Journalist of the Year - £2,000 prize
  • BT Enigma Award - £1,000 prize
  • Best Information Security News Story of the Year - £500 prize
  • Best Security Broadcast Feature/News Story of the Year - £500 prize
  • Best Overall Information Security Feature Article of the Year - £500 prize
  • Best International Feature/News Story of the Year - £500
  • Individual Feature Article Awards for:

• Best Privacy Feature of the Year - £500 prize
• Best Cybercrime Feature of the Year - £500 prize
• Best Investigative Feature of the Year - £500 prize

The deadline for submissions is 23 August, 2014. Shortlisted awards entries will be announced in September 2014.

Last year, the expert judging panel commented that the quality of entries was outstanding. A broad range of entries were received from news outlets including The Guardian, BBC News and Channel 4.

This year the awards will again be judged by an expert panel, chaired by Ray Stanton, vice president, BT Advise, and made up of leading independent figures from the security industry including (in alphabetical order):

  • Dr. Robert Coles – Chief Information Security Officer, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Ron Condon – Freelance 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
  • Professor Fred Piper – Information Security Group, Royal Holloway, University of London

Ray Stanton, said: “These annual awards should be firmly in the calendar for all information security journalists, particularly given the explosion of interest in the field over the last couple of years. These awards reflect the increased prominence of information security and the valuable work that the media does in this field.”

Follow this year’s awards online on Twitter at @SecureThinking or through the hashtag #BTISJA. Regular updates will be posted on the BT Let’s Talk Security blog , Facebook and LinkedIn.

Award submission instructions

All entries must have been published or broadcast between 01 July 2013 and 30 June 2014. With the exception of the Best International Feature/News Story of the Year category the awards are open to journalists working for UK-based publications/news outlets. Entries can be accepted from journalists, their editors or publishers.

For the Information Security Journalist of the Year category, entrants must submit five articles written by an individual journalist to be eligible for this award.

The BT Enigma Award is decided by the judges and awarded to the journalist who, in their opinion, has made an outstanding and consistent contribution to information security journalism. This is based on submissions to the other categories.

For the Best Security Broadcast Feature/News Story of the Year category journalists, editors or producers are asked to submit the relevant file on a DVD, CD, or file transfer. This can include broadcast packages/reports that have been featured on broadcast news or on news websites.

The new Best International Feature/News Story of the Year category is open to journalists writing for non-UK based publications/news outlets. Articles submitted must be written in English or translated into English.

For the remaining categories journalists, editors or publishers are asked to submit one article per category. Entries can be made to multiple categories but an individual article can only be submitted once (however, articles submitted for the Information Security Journalist of the Year category can also be submitted into other categories).

Entries must be accompanied with the following information:

  • Award Category:
  • Journalist name:
  • Publication:
  • Date of article:
  • URL (if applicable):
  • Phone:
  • Email address:
  • Postal address:
  • Twitter ID (if applicable):

Please make sure a URL or an attached copy of the article/s for judging is provided.

Please email entries to or send by post to Sarah Evans, Porter Novelli, 31 St Petersburgh Place, London, W2 4LA, England by 23 August 2014.

BannerWe are delighted to announce the launch of the eighth year of the BT Information Security Journalism awards. Security has really entered the mainstream media in the last few years, emerging on the front pages of national newspapers and 24/7 coverage on broadcast news. Terms like “hacktivism” and “firewall” are no longer alien to the general public. High quality journalism has been intrinsic to the journey that the industry has come on and these awards will rightly reward those journalists who have played their part in this process over the past 12 months.”
- Mark Hughes, President of BT Security

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List of 2013 winners:

  • Information Security Journalist of the Year: Tom Brewster (Freelance)
  • Best Information Security News Story of the Year: Nick Hopkins (Guardian)
  • Best Overall Information Security Feature Article of the Year: Aasha Bodhani (Engineering & Technology)
  • Best Privacy Feature of the Year: James Temperton (Computeractive)
  • Best Cybercrime Feature of the Year: Ryan Gallagher (The Guardian)
  • Best Investigative Feature of the Year: Danny Bradbury (Infosecurity)
  • Best International Feature/News Story of the Year: Danny Bradbury (MATTER)
  • Best Security Broadcast Feature/News Story of the Year: Gordon Corera (BBC Radio 4)
  • BT Enigma Award: Wendy M. Grossman (Freelance for publications including Infosecurity and NewsWirelessNet)

For further information:

Please contact Alan Ball, Head of Global PR.