Top 10 Security Experts in the US news in June 2017

Last month I published a post featuring the top 10 security experts that received the most coverage in the US online media. It was well received, and a few of the people who read the post asked if I could do a regular monthly post. So not wishing to disappoint, here it is.

We have also produced a free report that expands on this data and lists the top security experts in the USA, UK, France, Germany and Spain.

Top of the list was Chris Vickery of Upguard who found to two sets of unsecured sensitive data on Amazon Web Servers. The first, in early June, was a set of sensitive military data belonging to Booz Allen Hamilton. The second discovery, later on in the month, were records for 198 million US citizens and owned by Deep Root Analytics, a media analytics firm.

The combination of military records and the political persuasions of 198 million US citizens was irresistible to both the general news sources such as the Washington Post and many technology sources in the US and other countries, thereby securing Vickery’s top ranking with almost twice as much coverage as Matt Suiche who was ranked 2nd.

In May, eight of the top ten were there because of their comments relating to the WannaCry ransomware attacks. This month, the world experienced another attack in the form of the Petya wiper malware. However, the story broke late in June and wasn’t as widely discussed as WannaCry, which meant that in the chart above only three of the experts are there because of their opinions and thoughts on Petya. The three were Matt Suiche (Comae), Costin Raiu (Kaspersky) and Bogdan Botezatu (Bitdefender).

Four of those listed were there because they were defending or explaining their companies actions. Adrienne Hall was widely quoted as she explained Microsoft’s decision to update their old Windows XP operating system. Rob Lefferts job was to defend Microsoft against Eugene Kaspersky’s claim that Windows 10 disabled third party anti virus products. Kaspersky himself, had to defend against the claim that Kaspersky had links with the Russian government (there are seven different security experts from Kaspersky Lab in the USA, UK, France, Germany and Spain in June’s report which you can download here).

One of the hardest jobs fell to Alvaro Hoyos who had to inform the world that his password management company, OneLogin, had been breached.

Brad Smith continued to receive considerable coverage from the blog post he wrote last month concerning the WannaCry attack.

A full listing of the top 25 security experts in the USA and the UK, the top 20 in France and Germany and the top 15 in Spain is available in our free report that you can download here