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Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 5: 59 pm


Press Release: ISANZ

With Auckland and Waikato under tight Covid-19
restrictions, the iSANZ Board has made the difficult
decision to postpone the 2021 iSANZ gala awards dinner to
February next year. There will also be a short delay
announcing this year’s Award finalists.

The 2021
awards dinner had originally been set down for Sunday 14
November at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa,
Wellington. However, iSANZ Board chair Kendra Ross says a
large number of people in the cyber security community from
Auckland and Waikato are currently unable to leave their
region. It’s uncertain when restrictions may ease for
them.

“Postponing until next February has been a
tough call, but we want our entire cyber security community
to be able to attend a physical event when it’s safe to do
so - to celebrate the very best in New Zealand information
and cyber security.

“While there are no restrictions
on the number of people that can attend an event at a
Wellington venue under Alert Level 2, a one metre distance
must be maintained. Going ahead in this way, or with a
virtual online event, is not practical for a celebratory
networking function like iSANZ,” she
says.

“We’re hoping that regional travel
restrictions and restrictions on event and hospitality
gatherings will have eased by early 2022 once the Government
has implemented its life after lockdown approach and
achieved its vaccination targets.”

The decision to
postpone the 2021 awards dinner until next year has been
made with the agreement and support of the 2021 iSANZ Awards
sponsors - Datacom, Quantum Security, McAfee, Spark NZ,
Kordia, SailPoint, Check Point, NEXTGEN Group and
CyberCX.

On the bright side, judging in this year’s
awards is well underway. Kendra says the iSANZ Board
received a record number of entries this year - the highest
in the seven years that iSANZ has been running.

The
Board soon expects to be in a position to announce finalists
in the six award categories - Best Security Project /
Awareness Initiative, Best Security Service / Product, Best
Start-Up or New Business, Best Security Company, Best
Security Professional and Up-and-Coming Cybersecurity
Star.

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