New Zealanders sit on a committee that has received an international award for excellence in technical work.
The group of experts who develop international standards for IT security techniques has been awarded the Lawrence D. Eicher Award for excellence in technical work.
The distinction that recognises the significant contribution of an ISO technical committee or subcommittee to the development of international standards was presented during the 38th ISO General Assembly, which took place last week in Seoul, Korea.
ISO President Dr. Zhang Xiaogang, said joint technical committee ISO/IEC 1, Information technology, subcommittee SC 27, IT security techniques, was chosen 'for its world-leading experts, world-class standards, and excellence in promotion and consultation'.
The subcommittee develops standards that address the information security risks facing organisations today, including ISO/IEC 27001, the management system standard for information security.
ISO Acting Secretary-General Kevin McKinley said ISO/IEC 27001 has become a common language for organisations to protect their information and is now a leading standard for international certification in information security.
Mr. McKinley commended the efforts the committee had made to ensure strong ties with industry stakeholders and conducting seminars for local businesses, at the same time as its working group meetings, to exchange and gain feedback on future needs for standardisation.
This is the second time that a joint ISO/IEC committee or subcommittee has won the award.
The Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award was developed in 2002 to acknowledge excellence and innovation in technical work as a tribute to ISO’s late Secretary-General, who served from 1986 to 2002.