BT searches for IT security journalist of 2006

Freelance journalists who pen security news and feature stories are being invited to compete for a grand prize total of over £4,000.

Run by telecoms giant BT, the annual contest will result in one journalist or freelance writer being crowned IT Security Journalist of the Year.

The accolade is on offer alongside five other prestigious titles, including best IT security feature article of the year and best ID management story of the year.

To be in with a chance of winning, competing journalists must have had articles they submit to BT published in an offline or online publication during 2006.

Entries must be in no later than Friday February 23, so the judging panel, including Ray Stanton, BT’s global head of business continuity, security & governance, can make their decisions.

“We received more than 100 entries for our inaugural awards and were very impressed by the high quality,” Mr Stanton said.

“The security landscape during 2006 has once again led to many hard hitting headlines, particularly around the threat to our personal and corporate data as cyber-criminals become increasingly sophisticated and targeted in their methods of attack.

“I look forward to the tough challenge of sitting down with the judging panel to select this year’s winners.”

The awards, now in their second year, were launched to recognise the vital role that security journalism plays in educating people about how they can stay as secure as possible.

The winners will be announced at an awards event to be held at a central London venue in April 2007.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
1. IT security journalist of the year, with a prize of £2,000
2. Best IT security news story of the year, with a prize of £500
3. Best IT security feature article of the year, with a prize of £500
4. Best business continuity story of the year, with a prize of £500
5. Best identity management story of the year, with a prize of £500

1. Best secure managed communications story of the year, with a prize of £500

How to enter:
For the IT security journalist of the year category entries are accepted from journalists, their editors or publishers. They will be asked to submit six articles for judging.

For the remaining categories the journalists, editors or publishers will be asked to submit one article per entry. Multiple entries can be made but all articles must have been published during 2006. The awards are only open to UK journalists. Entries must be accompanied with the following information:

Journalist name:
Date of article:
Category entered:
URL if available:
Email address:
Postal address:

Please also attach article/s for judging.

Please send entries to Justine Manche, BT Global Services, BT Centre, PPA5P, 81 Newgate Street, London EC1A 7AJ or email: by Friday 23 February 2007.


12th January 2007

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