First published: 27th February 2018
The Cyber Security Professionals Awards presentation ceremony does not rival the glamour of the Oscars, yet. However, Hong Kong Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung and Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo presented awards to 80 information security professionals for their outstanding cyber security work.
This is the second annual event, held by the Hong Kong Police Cyber Security & Technology Crime Bureau, the Government Computer Emergency Response Team and the Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Lo reported a 6.3% drop in technology crime, with 5,567 recorded last year. This is interesting when compared to the press conference on the 2017 crime situation he gave in January, where he reported substantial increases in online business fraud and romance scams. This was balanced by reductions in "Naked chat" blackmail and ransomware cases.
The Awards covered 5 "industry" groups: Banking & Finance, Communications, Government & Public Bodies, Transportation & Public Utilities, and Online Services Providers. In each group, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were made for Management and Practitioner, and there were an additional 10 Merit Awards. The full list of winners is available on the Cyber Security Professionals Awards website.