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Cyber businesses encouraged to take part in defence awards

As Defence Connect eagerly gears up to host the 2022 Australian Defence Industry Awards, we’re encouraging all defence cyber businesses to submit an entry in the Cyber Business of the Year category and be recognised for their achievements.

As Defence Connect eagerly gears up to host the 2022 Australian Defence Industry Awards, we’re encouraging all defence cyber businesses to submit an entry in the Cyber Business of the Year category and be recognised for their achievements.

The fourth annual Australian Defence Industry Awards is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 15 September 2022 at the National Convention Centre in Canberra, celebrating the best and brightest in the Australian defence industry, and those professionals and businesses who have gone above and beyond to build a stronger and more innovative defence ecosystem.

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Run with the support of principal partner KBR, the awards program acknowledges the achievements of the top businesses and professionals in the defence industry, with a particular focus on people and businesses rather than products and platforms.

This year, entrants can submit an entry or nominate a worthy colleague across 10 individual and 18 company categories. At the end of the ceremony, one person will be selected from all individual category winners as the recipient of the prestigious Excellence Award.

One of the business categories on offer this year is the Cyber Business of the Year award, which recognises a defence cyber business that has most effectively capitalised on market opportunities and driven demonstrable business growth.

As Australia’s defence industry capabilities grow and more businesses increasingly face threats from cyber criminals, cyber businesses have played an instrumental role in preventing cyber attacks and shielding businesses from these threats so they can continue to thrive.

As such, Defence Connect is calling on all defence cyber businesses who have supported the strengthening of Australia’s defence and national security capabilities through their participation in the industry to step forward and enter this year’s awards.

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All defence cyber businesses are encouraged to participate, irrespective of size, revenue, or geographic locations.

This includes all cyber businesses no matter their specialisation, including original equipment manufacturers (OEM), major platforms and equipment providers, data and encryption businesses, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), surveillance, perimeter, intranet and human security, software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform and other related defence businesses.

In their submissions, awards entrants must answer a series of questions that highlights their achievements between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 to demonstrate how they have contributed to the prosperity of the defence industry.

For example, in their submissions, entrants must:

  • Outline their product or service, distribution, customers, pricing, and approach to customer service;
  • Detail the market potential for their business, system, or platform and the process for scaling/expanding it;
  • Highlight their major success, achievement, or milestone over the assessment period, and how their business’ leadership contributed to the outcome;
  • Outline their unique selling points/competitive advantages and how these translate into market dominance or business potential;
  • How their business will support increased jobs in the defence industry, in addition to ongoing upskilling for an Australian workforce;
  • Demonstrate any innovation that has shaped the business (not just limited to financial gains); and
  • Detail how they have funded their business along with plans for future growth.

In unison with this, we urge award entrants to provide and refer to a maximum of four supporting documents to strengthen their entry. This could include financial or business metrics, images, statistics, transcripts, media coverage, accolades, testimonials or recommendations/references, and any other relevant information.

In addition to these supporting documents, award entrants are encouraged to submit an optional short video up to 30 seconds long answering the question: “What does business success mean to you?”

To be eligible for the award, the nominee must be an Australian business, organisation, or institution (or a division of a global business that is registered to trade in Australia) that has a focus on supporting the Australian defence supply chain.

It is open to all businesses that have been trading for at least two full calendar years to 31 December 2021.

To enter the awards, register your account through our secure awards platform and fill in the details of your submissions. When you’re happy with your submission, press save and lodge it.

Nominations and submissions close on Thursday, 21 July.

Click here to submit an entry or nominate a worthy colleague for a chance to take centrestage and walk home with a trophy.

For more information about the awards program, including categories and judging process, click here.

Cyber businesses encouraged to take part in defence awards
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