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Nullcon 8Bit : BlackShield Awards 2017

The most coveted awards of the InfoSec Community, by the Community and for the Community is here...

The Categories


This category is to recognize the Government body or individual accomplishing pioneering job in implementing security for the Government.

Nominees :

1. Vijay Devnath (GM+CISO) Indian Railway

Over 12 Years Vijay Devnath has been heading the security of India's widely spread organisation Indian Railways. Moving from Konkan Railway to Indian railway he has researched and reformed the security at Indian Railways. His paper Critical Information Infrastructure Protection for Indian Railways, is a sample of his vision enforced for making nation's backbone secure and resilient.

2. Sanjay Kumar Verma (CISO) Ministry of External Affairs

Sankay Verma leads the Cyber Security and computerisation of very sensitive organisation - Ministry of External Affairs. MEA has a very active and responsive IT Cell and also sees huge number of cyber attacks on daily basis. Through

Elite CISO

The CISOs who have achieved excellence in applying security in their organization and in Public Domain. This category involves banks, telecom, Finance, Travel domain which directly deals with Public resource, individual data and connectivity.

Nominees :

1.Subhash Subramaniam (CISO) ICICI BanK

ICICI One of the most technologically Bank which ranks 2nd Best performing bank in India. With a widest attack surface spreading across 4450 Branches and 14404 ATMs, securing the Money and trust of customers is a Massive Challenge. Under the leadership of Subhash Subramaniam, ICICI Bank is not only doing a great job in securing its IT Infrastructure, it has also set benchmarks for other banks by winning many other coveted awards for Best CRM and Security Systems.

2. Shiv Kumar Pandey -(CISO) Bombay Stock Exchange

Spear heads the Security on India’s most complex and high-performance, high-responsive & highly critical IT infrastructure of Bombay Stock Exchange. BSE Sees Millions of people doing Billions of transaction everyday exchanging securities worth Trillions of rupees. Managing The security of such a complex organizational infrastructure Incredible

3. Manish Tiwari (CISO) Microsoft India

Microsoft being world's biggest corporations it's also an highly targeted organisation by Hackers. At Microsoft, India Manish Tiwari Communicates the long-term vision of Microsoft regarding Security in one-to-many events. He establishes and leads Chief Security Officers council within the region/country, with membership from key enterprise customers and government agencies.

He also is a Trusted advisor to government leaders and C-level executives on cyber security. Manish was also Responsible for various IT security initiatives in the Indian Navy during his 25 years service with Indian Navy.

Community Star

The go to person in the community whose contribution, knowledge sharing, administration, communication, proliferation has helped many comrades in the security world.

Nominees :

1. Mohit Kumar (Founder) The Hackers News

Mohit has been serving the community by providing latest, relevant and crips news from world ot IT and security. Mohit’s hardwork to keep up the excellent quality & the content of THN has won it fans all around the globe.

2. Santosh Khadsare (Cyber Forensics Investigator) Independent

Has been mentoring and helping many seucrity researches and community member in India. With “Digital 4n6 Journal” he has provided a rich medium for experts to share their research in the field of Digital forensics.
He has contributed his research through various international conferences such as C0C0N 2016, HAKON 2016 National Cyber Defense Summit 2016 and GovInfoSec Summit Asia 2016.He has also authored various articles on information security and Digital forensics in national and international publications.

3. Anant Shrivastava (Regional Director) NotSoSecure Global Services

A community star in true sense, Anant has been contributing the community with his research, world renowned tools like Android Tamer and has been source of knowledge. He has not only been mentoring and shaping the budding talents of Infosec in India but also created niche employment opportunities for numerous.


The most talked about person in most of the 1337 conferences and communities, one who has made significant contribution to the security landscape and has been an inspiration to others. His/Her achievements and contribution should be open for public and not proprietary.


1. Ajin Abraham (Security Engineer) IMMUNIO

Ajin Abraham has been the Young Face of Indian Hackers across the globe. Presenting the quality research and development at BlackHat, Hackmiami, Confidence, BlackHat US, BlackHat Asia, ToorCon, Hack in the Box, C0C0N etc. Few of his brilliant contributions to Hacker's arsenal include OWASP Xenotix XSS Exploit Framework, Mobile Security Framework (MobSF), Xenotix xBOT, NodeJsScan etc to name a few.

2. James Forshaw (Researcher) Project Zero

James is a security researcher in Google’s Project Zero. He has been involved with computer hardware and software security for over 10 years looking at a range of different platforms and applications. With a great interest in logical vulnerabilities he’s been listed as the #1 researcher for MSRC, as well as being a Pwn2Own and Microsoft Mitigation Bypass bounty winner. He has spoken at a number of security conferences including Black Hat USA, CanSecWest, Bluehat, HITB, and Infiltrate.

Best of the Show

This award is for our Exhibition/Prototype participants, organizations making remarkable innovations in the field of security and also demonstrating the sense of social responsibility.

Will be decided at the Venue

Best Null Chapter

null - Bangalore Has been the best chapter for last 2 successive years. It will be interesting to see if some other chapter wins this prestigious award this year. Winners are chosen based on the agenda, number of members retained, extended and quality contributions.

Decided based on Around the year performance

The Process

BlackShield Awards is a 3 step Process


We invite nomination for all the categories from all over the world. From the received nomination Award Juries select 4 finalists strictly based on the credibility, contribution and Impact created by the Nominees.

Juries do extensive background research to choose the finalists.


We declare the top 4 finalists in each categories and ask every one to vote for the finalists.

The Award Ceremony

The Finalists & the winners are invited to NullCon and the awards are presented on the BlasckShield Awards Night.

Important Dates

  • 01-12-2016:The nominations Open
  • 31-12-2016:The nominations Close
  • 20-01-2017:The voting process Starts
  • 15-02-2017:The voting process Closes
  • 02-03-2017:NullCon BlackShield Awards Night
  • 04-03-2017:"Best of the Show" Award at Closing Ceremony

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