//Blogs - 18 Oct 2022

AusCERT was delighted to sponsor the Best Security Student Award at the recent Women in Security Awards held in Sydney.

Five outstanding finalists were in the running, each achieving success with their respective pursuits, with Elena Scifleet from CyberCX declared the winner!
Congratulations to all the winners and everyone that contributed to such a successful and enjoyable event – we can’t wait for 2023!

To see who else was recognised, visit the Women in Security Awards 2022 winners page.

Members of the AusCERT team were in attendance for the occasion with Analyst, Vishaka, providing a summary of her experience, below:

It was a privilege to have been able to attend the Australian Women in Cyber Security Gala night 2022 along with my colleagues, on the evening of Wednesday, October 12.

The event kicked off with a Cocktail networking hour. It was exciting to see so many familiar faces and meet new ones who are either pursuing their higher education in Cyber Security or just stepping into a career in Cyber Security.

This year’s celebrations saw a staggering 826 nominations with 81 finalists, 19 winners, 17 Highly Commended and 2 Special Recognition recipients for 18 different award categories including Best Female Secure Coder, Protective Security Champion, IT Security Champion and Australia’s Most Outstanding Woman in IT Security. Kudos to AusCERT’s former employee, Laura Jiew for taking the Best Volunteer award home!

I felt absolutely honoured to witness the talented women who received awards for their accomplishments, value, and contributions to Cyber Security – most of them had a truly inspirational and motivational story to share!

While celebrating women in Cyber Security, the event also acknowledged male counterparts in the field who have contributed to eliminating gender-based discrimination and bias in the workplace and promoting equality in the IT security industry.

Dushyant Sattiraju and Dave O’Loan were recognised as Highly Commended in the Male Champion of Change category while Clive Rees bagged the award.

Throughout the event, the importance and need of being a mentor for other women in the field were highlighted.

Thank you to Abigail Swabey and her team for pulling off such a successful and fabulous event and thank you to the AusCERT management for giving me an opportunity to participate in the event.