AISA Awards for 2019 - Nominations Open

It is with great pleasure that AISA hosts the 8th AISA Cyber Security Awards.

As Australia’s peak body for Cyber Security, AISA has created these awards to recognise and promote excellence, innovation and professionalism in the area of cyber security by individuals, projects, teams and organisations.

Nominations are now open and will close at midnight on June 14, 2019.    

The nomination form is available below.

AISA Awards Nominations 2019 - word

AISA Awards Nominations 2019 - pdf

>> Learn more about the AISA Cyber Awards


A badge of honour, says top cyber policeman of AISA award

CYBER police detective Scott Ballantyne is urging others in his field to enter AISA’s Cyber Security Awards this year, describing his recognition at the 2018 awards as a “privilege”.

“I encourage all law enforcement investigators involved in cyber security to support AISA and enter the awards this year,” the Queensland police sergeant said.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to receive recognition for protecting the public and organisations from cyber crime.

“It is also a wonderful opportunity to establish networks within the cyber security community and possibly establish some successful partnerships.” (See note at bottom)

Sgt Ballantyne, who was named top Cyber Security Law Enforcement Officer at last year’s awards, works at Task Force Argos, a Queensland police branch that investigates online child exploitation and abuse.

“It was an absolute privilege to receive the AISA award on behalf of the tireless efforts of all of the investigators attached to Argos,” he said.

Sgt Ballantyne is a senior investigator and team leader at Argos “with the focus of investigating and disrupting criminals who use obfuscation technology to mask the online exploitation of children”.

His cyber toolkit for the job includes:

  • Network security knowledge
  • Intrusion/injection investigative tools
  • SQL, phpBB, myBB
  • Social engineering
  • Computer operating systems
  • Computer hardware/software

He said other skills and traits that benefitted the role included

  • Resiliency
  • Dedication
  • Motivation
  • Clear victim/child focus (proactively and reactively)

“The past 12 months have been very busy and also rewarding from a professional perspective.

“Overcoming the use of obfuscation technologies and encryption continue to be challenges.


“I am always actively seeking opportunities to foster partnerships with other law enforcement agencies, private sector, academia and non-government organisations in an effort to circumvent these challenges collaboratively,” Sgt Ballantyne said.

As well as the prestige, great prizes are up for grabs at this year’s AISA Cyber Security Awards.  


 Categories for the awards are:


  • Cyber security professional ($2000)
  • Rising star ($US7667 SANS course voucher)
  • Educator ($2000)
  • Tertiary student ($US7667 SANS course voucher)
  • Enterprise employer
  • SMB employer
  • Researcher ($2000)
  • Outreach program ($2000)
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Start-up ($5000 and mentoring - CyRise and AISA)
  • Best STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) promoter


For more information and the awards entry form, please visit the AISA website.

NOTE: To learn more about Australia’s most valuable opportunity to network with InfoSec professionals, please visit the Australian Cyber Conference 2019 website. Time is running out to secure early-bird tickets and save.