IFSEC Awards 2019 Night Held at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida


IFSEC Awards 2019

Adeesh Sharma

As part of IFSEC India 2019 expo, the 4th edition of IFSEC India Awards show was organized at a gala event on 19th December 2019 at The Banquet Hall, India Expo Mart, Greater Noida from 7 pm onwards. To dwell on the various nominations and decide winners from among those, the jury meet was held on 13th Dec, 2019 at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi. It consisted of eminent CSOs and security experts across industry verticals. IFSEC India Awards aim to recognize innovation & excellence in the implementation of security products, solutions and strategies under various domains such as electronic security, fire security, physical security, cyber security, access control and perimeter security. The various awards categories for this year include:

  • Video IP based Surveillance
  • Access Control
  • Cyber Security
  • Security Training & Awareness
  • Control Room Security
  • Safe City Excellence
  • Perimeter Security
  • Security System Innovation
  • Disaster Management Excellence
  • Government Institutional Excellence

The jury members present:

  • Harendra Bana, Associate Director – Security, PepsiCo - India Region
  • Samrendra Kumar, MD & Co-Founder, Mitkat Advisory
  • Sameer Anukul, Regional ER&S Leader – AP Region, Corteva Agriscience
  • Anil Dhawan, Co-Chair - Homeland Security Council, ASSOCHAM
  • Iqbal Singh Jagdeva, Past President, APSA International
  • Rakesh Sharma, Vice President GCSO, Barclays
  • Milind Wakankar, Corporate Security Technology Program Manager – APAC, IBM
  • Manish Datta, Vice President - Special Projects, IIRIS
  • Rekha Gairola, Regional Security Advisor-India & South Asia, Boeing
  • Nivedita Malhotra, Associate Director, IT Security & Data Privacy, IBM
  • Shalini Paul, Consultant & SME - Women Security (Technology)     

To deliberate upon new categories and, to find out parameters to further enhance the existing categories and to incorporate views of industry stalwarts and partners, a pre-jury advisory meet was held on 31st May, 2019 at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi. This meet was facilitated by Ernst & Young, who are the process advisors for the awards. The deliberations among the participants began with discussions around the last jury meet and key takeaways from there. Since most solutions are OEM driven, it was observed that innovative technology solutions must be recognized and encouraged. Further, nominations that showcase women security must be encouraged and concrete steps taken to highlight their security concerns must be taken. Another key point discussed was to not just have a fit-for-purpose solution but encourage a risk-based approach towards ensuring security.

Special attention was given to incorporating steps to encourage women participation in the awards process. This includes constituting special awards for entrepreneurial women in security domain. This would add an element of ingenuity to the whole awards process and also help differentiate this edition better as compared to previous ones. It was also observed that the use of latest in technology such as IoT, AI and Deep learning solutions should be encouraged as these are going to play a big role in the security industry going forward.