Top 10 Security Experts in the US news in October 2017

The month of October seems to have built on the disasters of September and August, introducing new threats while continuing to feel the fallout of the ones that have already been exposed.

In the infographic below, you can see the top 10 security people mentioned the most in the US press during October. If you would like a full list across the USA and UK you can access our free report here.

In last month’s report the big hack news from Equifax and Time Warner slipped off centre stage while the old news from Yahoo re-entered on stage right. It turned out that the hack that was originally expected to have only impacted on one billion accounts actually hit all three billion.

Chandra McMahon, Chief Information Security Officer at Verizon (the now owner of Yahoo) was repeatedly in the news reassuring users that Yahoo was taking steps to get security right. McMahon only sits in sixth place in the infographic as she didn’t get quite as much media attention as Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens who revealed critical Krack flaws in WPA Wi-Fi security. Not a pretty thought thanks to the potential impact on all PCs, smartphones and routers. The fatal flaw leaves pretty much everyone vulnerable to attack.

The CEO and Founder of Kaspersky Lab, Eugene Kaspersky is still popular in the media. This is not only due to the circling allegations of the company’s links to Russia, but to allegations that came out in the Wall Street Journal revealing that Kaspersky’s antivirus was used to hack a NSA contractor and steal vital data. For Kaspersky it has been another month of back foot responses and it is likely not to let up until there is a resolution one way or another.

Brad Smith, the Microsoft CEO, was in the news as much for his stance on security as on the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program. Microsoft’s views on Trump’s announcement were as robust as their views on enterprise security.

A summary of the remaining five includes:

  • Richard Salgado – the U.S. Senate hearings into Russian propaganda
  • Troy Hunt – revealing the Disqus hack that took place five years ago
  • Chris Vickery – discovering issues around four Amazon Web Server buckets
  • Patrick Wardle – still offering insight around the High Sierra password bugs
  • Costin Raiu – commented on a range of topics including attribution of attacks and the BadRabbit ransomware

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