Peter Jackson Awarded 2020 SANS ICS Difference Maker Award – APAC Region

Singapore – SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, today announced that Peter Jackson has been named the recipient of the SANS Industrial Control System (ICS) Cybersecurity Difference Maker Award – APAC Region.

Peter leads the SGS ECL Cyber team of industrial cyber specialists in supporting the industrial sector in New Zealand. In conjunction with SANS ICS and ECL Cyber, Peter established the New Zealand ICS Cyber Technical Network as a community of OT Security professionals, providing the grass-roots information sharing forum for practitioners working in this sector. He has spoken at many conferences, nationally and internationally.

Peter is a shining example of how one person can make a big impact by sharing their knowledge and experience, and pursuing every opportunity to help others. The level of personal drive to pursue solutions and help the industry grow, solve problems, ensure practitioners working within critical infrastructure sectors are getting all the help they need is exactly what this community needs, and it’s amazing to see Peter leading those efforts everywhere he can.” – Tim Conway, Technical Director – ICS and SCADA Programs at SANS Institute.

The NZ ICS Cyber TN has been a great opportunity for individuals working across industries, regardless of whether they identify as IT, OT or ICS. These engineering and security professionals, who have responsibilities for defending their industrial OT networks, can collaborate and support each other as they learn, grow and mature in this niche area. It’s been great to have the support of SANS ICS and SGS ECL in this community initiative.” – Peter Jackson, Engineering Manager – Cyber at SGS ECL (NZ).

About the SANS ICS Cybersecurity Difference Maker Award

This award honors a deserving individual in the APAC region who is making a significant positive difference by increasing awareness of the cybersecurity threats to the region’s critical infrastructure and working to mitigate through technical and educational contributions to the community. The award winner will share a positive outlook and belief that ‘Defence is Doable.’

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at in-person and virtual cyber security training events and on demand. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers a master’s degree, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cyber security. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their ‘human’ cybersecurity risk. SANS also delivers a wide variety of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, webcasts, podcasts, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system–the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to support and educate the global information security community. (