Debating the most influential security folks list

Debating the most influential security folks list

Summary: Ryan Naraine has cooked up a list of the most influential people in security.Here's the list packaged in a slideshow, which is annoyingly set on fast forward.

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TOPICS: Google, CXO, Security
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Ryan Naraine has cooked up a list of the most influential people in security.

Here's the list packaged in a slideshow, which is annoyingly set on fast forward. For instance, I viewed two slides, went to bathroom and by time came back the gallery was over (and I really had to go).

  1. Tavis Ormandy, Google Security Team'
  2. Ivan Krstic, One Laptop Per Child'
  3. Chris Paget, IOActive' (actually he's now at Google)
  4. Bunnie Huang, Bunnie Studios'
  5. Michal Zalewski, Google'
  6. Window Snyder, Mozilla
  7. The MOAB Hackers'
  8. Dino Dai Zovi'
  9. Michael Howard, Microsoft'
  10. HD Moore, Metasploit '
  11. Dave Aitel, Immunity'
  12. Bronwen Matthews, Microsoft'
  13. John Pescatore, Gartner'
  14. Rob Thomas and Team Cymru'
  15. Stefan Esser, Hardened PHP Project'

A few takeaways:

  • The list is Google heavy.
  • I'd flip Krstic and Howard just based on sheer number of people affected.
  • And perhaps I'd bump up Metasploit and the MOAB gang.

Thoughts?

Topics: Google, CXO, Security

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  • No way...

    You really think any large company doesn't have cisco solutions as part of their security strategy? How could someone at cisco not be influential?

    Never been to SANS?
    Never been to NetOp?
    Never been to Usenix?

    Geez - someone outta get their <head> out of the internet cloud for a few secs...
    ridingthewind
  • A few that are of interest

    Dave Aitel

    Joanna Rutkowska

    No one from RSA?
    nucrash
  • RE: Debating the most influential security folks list

    I think your list is a joke. Security and its concepts spam not just recent events but over time. Anyone from Microsoft should be removed from this list.
    uknownothing@...
    • The recent code audit says otherwise`

      Microsoft has done much to improve their security. They aren't prefect, but they currently have a firewall on every OS with no known remote exploits.
      nucrash
  • RE: Debating the most influential security folks list

    I know at least one person on that list isn't even near the
    most influential person in their particular field, let alone
    security as a whole. That makes me doubt the validity of
    the entire list.
    funkatron+zdnet@...
  • Bruce Schneier??

    He's not on the list... I'd figured he'd be at the top.

    And since groups are listed, how come sans didn't make the list?
    milton@...
  • RE: Debating the most influential security folks list

    where the heck is bruce schneier????
    dana50dana@...
  • bruce!

    where the heck is bruce schneier???
    dana50dana@...
  • C D C

    Cult of the Dead Cow
    xyxx1@...