Do you know? There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds around the globe and there were 445 million cyber attacks reported in the first quarter of 2020. Rootkits, SQL Injections, Cross-site Scripting, and Man-in-the-Middle are just a few types of Cybersecurity attacks that you must have never heard of.
Cybercrime is the greatest threat to every company in the world. And it can cost millions of dollars to the business, even before they realize and detect the loophole. And as they say,
"A problem is only a problem if you refuse to look for a solution."
Engati is extending a list of Cybersecurity leaders who foresee, safeguard and protect the interest of companies around the world. Following is the line-up of powerful data security leaders, investigators, executives, and white hat hackers.
Here are the top 50 Cybersecurity leaders!
Mattew is an industry-recognized passionate and innovative strategic security expert and CISO at Eclipz. He is a trusted advisor, security expert, and evangelist for academia, businesses, and governments around the world. He has experience in protecting billions of dollars of corporate assets, consulting across industry verticals, understanding current and emerging risks, communicating opportunities, forging internal cooperation and executive buy-in, and developing practical strategies.
Jane is an award-winning entrepreneur, international speaker, best-selling author, and the owner & CEO of KnewStart. She focuses on business strategy and high performance in cybersecurity and is a world authority on attracting and retaining women in this field. She has been named a UNESCO trailblazing woman, the third most influential person in cybersecurity in the UK, and is a top twenty global influencer.
Brian has been writing about Internet security-related stories for the past two decades, is a reporter and publisher for internet security and cybercrime at KrebsOnSecurity.com. He is considered a trusted man in media for the information security industry. His professional goal is to make important computer security issues understandable, interesting, and timely for readers, focusing mainly on computer crime and the cybercrime underground.
Ranjeet is passionate about information security with a commitment to continuous personal and professional development and is head of enterprise security at Abbott. He has over 17 years of work experience across various fields in Information Technology, including Information Security Governance, Corporate Fraud & Investigations, Cyber Forensics, Audit & Compliance, Risk Management, IT/OT Platforms, and Business Continuity Management.
Eleanor is the editorial director at Reed Exhibitions, responsible for the editorial strategy, content, and output on four media titles, including Imbibe, Infosecurity Magazine, Essential Retail, and Retail Design World. She spends her working days interviewing industry professionals, keeping the website updated with news, editing the magazine, and attending industry events.
Lesley is a principal incident responder at the industrial cyber security company Dragos, Inc, having more than 20+ years of experience specializing in information security, with a heavy focus on incident response to nation-state adversary attacks. She was named a “Top Woman in Cybersecurity” by Cyberscoop news and is also a curriculum developer and instructor for the Dragos “Assessing, Hunting and Monitoring Industrial Control System Networks” course.
Shira is an influencer, cybersecurity executive, cybersecurity & blockchain advisor, global keynote speaker, and the president & co-founder at Prime Tech Partners. She has published many articles and lectures on topics related to the human factors of cybersecurity and blockchain. Shira holds several patents in areas related to the application of psychology to improve information technology and cybersecurity.
Window Snyder is a security industry veteran and former chief security officer at Square, Fastly, and Mozilla. She is the co-author of "Threat Modeling" (a manual for security architecture analysis in software) and is currently working for her firm Thistle Technologies as the founder and CEO. Her area of specialization includes subjects like security, threat modeling, community outreach, strategy, and communications.
Parisa is a director of engineering at Google, where she oversees its Chrome web browser and a team of security investigators called Project Zero. She's an engineering, product, and people leader, helping teams solve problems at the intersection of technology and society. Her career at Google has spanned several positions and more than ten years thus far in information security. In 2012 she was named a Forbes 30 under 30 for pioneers in technology.
Ann is an experienced information security executive with over 20 years of extensive experience in the operations and delivery of information security services. She is an outstanding leader and innovator, named in 2016 'Women in Security - Power Players' by SC Magazine, and currently working as the managing director & global head of cyber operations at Citi Group.
Kevin is the CEO and chief "White Hat" hacker at Mitnick Security Consulting, a commentator, security analyst, and the world’s most wanted hacker. He has been a commentator for interview subjects on CNN, CNBC, Al Jazeera, FOX News, CBC, BBC, Radio Moscow, Tech TV, National Public Radio, Playboy, Good Morning America, and 60 Minutes—to name just a few. He is also a partner with KnowBe4 to produce critically acclaimed security awareness training programs to counteract social engineering and improve security effectiveness.
Chuck Brooks is a top cybersecurity & tech expert, thought leader, technology evangelist, featured writer, speaker & blogger. He’s the president of Brooks Consulting International and contributing writer on cybersecurity and emerging technologies for Forbes. Brooks is named a Top Tech Person to follow on LinkedIn, 2nd Global Cybersecurity Influencer by IFSEC, and Top 5 Cybersecurity Exec to Watch. Chuck’s area of expertise spreads over domains like artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, science & technology, public/private partnerships, Risk Management, blockchain, and innovation.
Mikko works as a researcher at F-Secure and is the chief research officer of WithSecure. He has written research papers for the New York Times, Wired, and Scientific America, named the "Cybersecurity Person Of The Year" by CISO magazine in 2020. Mikko is also a lecturer at Oxford, Stanford, and Cambridge, bags several patents including computer virus screening and data synchronization, and is the author of "If It's Smart, It's Vulnerable".
Eugene is a passionate traveler, photographer, and cybersecurity expert.
He specializes in cryptography and has worked on the most complex and sophisticated cyberattacks ever known, including Stuxnet, Flame, and Red October. He has been fighting cyber attacks for over 30 years and currently is the CEO of Kaspersky, apart from being a lecturer on cybersecurity at universities around the globe.
Troy is an information security author & instructor at Pluralsight and the founder of Have I Been Pwned. He specializes in online security and cloud development, speaks at conferences around the world, and runs workshops on how to build more secure software within organizations. Anyone looking for a piece of advice on how to build and deploy .NET apps to the cloud must talk with Troy.
Graham Cluley is an award-winning security blogger, researcher, podcaster, and public speaker. He speaks about computer security for some of the world's largest companies and has worked with law enforcement agencies on investigations into hacking groups, and regularly appears on TV and radio explaining computer security threats.
David is the co-founder and chief hacking officer at Binary Defense System and the founder & chief executive officer at TrustedSec. Before TrustedSec and BDS, David was a chief security officer (CSO) for Diebold Incorporated, an international Fortune 1000 global company. He is the creator of several widely popular open-source tools including The Social-Engineer Toolkit (SET) and many more and co-authored Metasploit: The Penetration Testers Guide book which was number one on Amazon.com.
Jeremiah is an internet protector, industry creator, CEO of Bit Discovery, founder of WhiteHat Security, and Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu. He has received many industry awards and has been publicly thanked by Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, Facebook, and many others for privately informing them of weaknesses in their systems. He also serves on the advisory board of several hot start-ups including Kenna Security, SD Elements, BugCrowd, SentinelOne, RedShield, Life DNA, and Arkose Labs.
Richard is a strategist and the author in residence at Corelight, founder of Martial History Team and Martial Vitality, and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu trainee.
He was previously Chief Security Strategist at FireEye and Mandiant's Chief Security Officer when FireEye acquired Mandiant in 2013. At General Electric, as Director of Incident Response, he built and led the 40-member GE Computer Incident Response Team (GE-CIRT), and has authored, co-authored, and contributed to over a dozen books.
Chris is a keynote speaker on cybersecurity, co-founder & chief technology officer at Veracode, and has been interviewed for major technology and business publications and TV networks. He has testified to the US Congress on the subjects of government security and how vulnerabilities are discovered in software and are one of the authors of L0phtCrack, the Windows password auditing program.
Alex is a cybersecurity expert, business leader, and entrepreneur working to improve the security and safety of the Internet through his teaching and research at Stanford University. Stamos is an adjunct professor at Stanford’s Freeman-Spogli Institute and a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution. He's the partner at Krebs Stamos Group LLC and has been a senior executive, he represented Facebook and Silicon Valley to regulators, lawmakers, and civil society on six continents.
Spiros Margaris is the VC, advisor, board member of Margaris ventures, a member of the supervisory board for Reuss Private AG, and an advisor for more than 10 tech companies including SparkLabs, Natech, and, Coreledger. A leading name in fintech influencer, venture capitalist, advisor, investor, and a speaker to chase. He is the first international influencer to achieve ‘The Triple Crown’ ranking (global no.1 FinTech, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) influencer by Onalytica). Spiros is a TEDx Speaker and, an influencer at Refinitiv & Onalytica.
Richard is passionate about helping disruptors cut across the noise in the market, solve problems, and focus on adding value. He is also advising CISOs on their strategy, navigating through the latest threats and emerging trends. He's the chief research analyst at IT-Harvest and an advisory board member at sāf.ai, Inc. Richard is a keynote speaker on cyber security all over the world, and his contribution to the security community is greatly appreciated.
Phil is a business advisor, cyber security leader, trusted technology, and consultant to the consultants (Bain, BCG, and McKinsey). He’s a privacy/trust leader as a distinguished fellow and chairman of the Ponemon Institute Fellows. He’s shaped US cybersecurity and privacy as co-chair of the communications sector coordinating council and FCC CSRIC and contributed to the NIST cybersecurity framework and communications ISAC.
Alison is passionate about creating order from chaos, developing systems and workflow to make the right thing the easy thing, and advocating risk management as a valuable tool for innovation. She is the founder & CEO of Grokability, Inc and frequently speaks at conferences about technology and security/privacy issues. Alison has created Downworthy in her free time, a fun little Chrome extension that changes hyperbolic viral news site headlines into something funnier.
Adrian is an experienced security professional, a consultant, and the director of product management at Tenchi Security. He loves to research and seek out meaningful patterns in all things and his recent research seeks to understand why security defenses continue to fail in many organizations and look for ways to make defense easier on practitioners. He comes with a deep understanding of business, technology, and security, and in addition, he knows how to get things done.
Bill is an InfoSec content strategist, researcher, director, tech writer, blogger, and the VP of content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance. His area of expertise includes tech writing (information security), research, team management, and curriculum development, and he is passionate about scriptwriting, public speaking, communications, and journalism. Bill has an incredible ability to write and also tell meaningful stories, and the articles he writes are fascinating and always insightful.
Costin is one of the most prominent security researchers in the world and is currently the director of global research and analysis at Kaspersky Lab. He comes with 20+ years of experience in the antivirus industry and has worked on new threat defense technologies, next-generation endpoint security, targeted attacks protection, APTs, threat intelligence, and reverse engineering in his career span.
Anton is a recognized security expert in the field of SIEM, log management, and PCI DSS compliance. He is a strategist, author, and tutor, and is currently involved with security solution strategy at Google Cloud. He is also a co-host of the Cloud Security Podcast and an author of books "Security Warrior", "PCI Compliance", "Logging and Log Management", and a contributor to "Know Your Enemy II". His area of specialization covers subjects like computer forensics, intrusion detection, security information, nix and Linux security, and honeypots, honeynets, future security technologies.
Robert Herjavec is a dynamic entrepreneur and leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank. He is a shark investor and the CEO and founder of Herjavec Group, recognized as a global cybersecurity operations leader. His motivational business advice has received millions of impressions through TV, print, radio, and digital media. Robert's firm excels in complex, multi-technology environments and supports a breadth of comprehensive security services including managed security services & professional Services.
Daniel is the pinnacle of a security professional and provides great thought leadership in complex environments. He's the head of vulnerability management at Robinhood and ex-head of business intelligence and information security at Apple. Daniel combines technical problem-solving with first principles thinking and a crisp narrative to solve business, security, and technology problems for the world's top companies.
Raj is a sought-after thought leader in cybersecurity and a masterful storyteller, effortlessly capturing the attention of his audience no matter the forum. He is a computer security expert working as the SVP and chief scientist at Rapid7 and has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases. He is also a special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in The Hague and the co-author of the book 'Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid', CSA Guide to Cloud computing.
Ludmila is an acknowledged multi-lingual and multi-cultural thought leader. She has established her foundational economics, finance, and business strategy knowledge and experience through myriad assignments in the United States and Asia as well as in Europe. She is the founder and editor-in-chief at Top Cyber News Magazine and a doctoral student at Capitol Technology University. She has been named as one of the global top female CyberSecurity influencers and digital transformation influencers in 2018.
Jayson E. Street
Jayson has in-depth knowledge about Intrusion Detection technologies, their deployment, and extraordinary experience in designing and deploying secure network architecture. He is the VP of InfoSec at SPhereNY and the author of the book “Dissecting the hack: The F0rb1dd3n Network” series. Jayson has been a keynote speaker at DEFCON, DerbyCon, ShowMeCon & at several other ‘CONs & colleges on a variety of Information Security subjects. His area of expertise covers subjects like CISSP, C|EH, GSEC, GCFA, IEM, CCSE, CCSA, and SECURITY+.
Guy Caspi is a serial entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience in enterprise technology in C-level executive roles spanning from tech to business and corporate development. He's a member of the technology council at Forbes technology council and the CEO & co-founder of Deep Instinct. He is recognized as a thought leader with deep domain expertise in deep learning and AI assimilation in cybersecurity, and data analysis combined with strong GTM execution and strong financial background.
Kavya Pearlman is award-winning cybersecurity professional with a deep interest in immersive and emerging technologies. Kavya is the founder of the non-profit, XR Safety Initiative (XRSI), the founder of Cyber XR Coalition, and the founding board member of Metaverse Reality Check. XRSI is the very first global effort that promotes privacy, security, and ethics and develops standards and guidelines for Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality (VR/AR/MR) collectively known as XR.
Diana Waithanji is a woman with a burning passion for leadership, cybersecurity, and gender equality. She believes that data security is a human right. She is the founder of STEM Wahandisi La Femme, a technical committee member at Kenya Bureau of Standards, and a cyber security engineer at SAP. She has been mentoring young girls in the grassroots of Kenya, motivating them to take up engineering and tech courses, intending to reduce the gender gap in engineering and tech.
Kirsten has a unique and globally-experienced approach to Information Security, Data Privacy, IT, and Digital Transformation. She is a change agent who is always willing to challenge the status quo in securing the spaces and is currently the chief information security officer at Unilever. She is recognized as a thought leader in the transformation process, including refining enterprise-wide ways of working, re-envisioning and establishing organizational cadence and culture, and designing and delivering dynamic talent development paths.
Dr. Magda Chelly
Magda is a computer addict, cybersecurity passionate, author, public speaker, entertainer, and serial entrepreneur. Her wealth of experience, especially her role in measuring cyber security risk in monetary terms for the insurance sector, is a real asset to any company looking to find a way to manage cyber risk meaningfully in a way that the board can understand. Magda is an advisory board member at Black Hat and cybersecurity author and researcher at Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd.
Dan is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker, blogger, and author. He is the field CISO for the public sector & client advisor at Presidio and the co-author of "Cyber Mayday" & "The Day After." He is also a conference speaker on many IT and cyber topics, with keynote presentations from Moscow to South Africa to San Francisco to Wash D.C. Dan is a thought leader in cybersecurity, homeland security, cloud computing, mobile computing, government relations, big data, science & technology, and the Internet of Things.
Shamane is a huge advocate and business champion for cyber risk professionals and actively encourages people to look for new ways to take a step forward. She is the chief growth officer with Sekuro and the author of the book Cyber Risk Leaders: Global C-Suite Insights. She is also a podcaster, founder of an international Cyber Risk meetup that has 3,000 members across six different cities, and a TEDx speaker.
Deidre has more than 25 years of experience working in technology and staffing, is the founder of Secure Diversity, and is the founder and CEO of CyberSN. She is a highly driven leader who seeks to create a productive work environment with a positive life balance. Deidre is one of the most approachable executives who not only takes the time to hear employee needs but makes the commitment to understand where they want to be.
Victoria is a keynote speaker, data security specialist, and the lead for Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit for corporate, external & legal affairs. She has been named Cybersecurity Woman of the Year 2020 by Law Professional and Rising Star 2021 by Minority Corporate Counsel Association. She's an effective communicator, and her area of interest includes cybersecurity, privacy law, legal writing, trial Practice, and commercial litigations.
Noureen is passionate cybersecurity professional with vast experience in multi-faceted, complex, fast-paced environments in the public and private sectors. She is a strategic thinker with vast knowledge of business management & cybersecurity practices. Noureen is the director of global cyber threat intelligence at Nike and president & co-founder of North Carolina Women In Cybersecurity at WiCyS North Carolina (NC) Affiliate. She is a global keynote speaker, award winner of 2021 Cybersecurity woman supporter, and listed among the Top Global Influencers in Cybersecurity by Europe IFSEC.
Lisa is a speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, high altitude climber, the co-founder of Red Goat Cyber Security, and the co-founder of Respect in Security. She is an expert in running cyber crisis simulations and training higher-risk staff on insider threats and social engineering. She has starred in several documentary films and is a regular on BBC news, radio, and national papers. As a speaker, Lisa works hard to ensure she includes her own experience but also does her research to ensure the integrity of the content prevails.
Tyler Cohen Wood
Tyler Wood is a keynote speaker, author, blogger, national security expert, overall cyber authority, and the co-founder of Dark Cryptonite. She is relied on to provide unique insight into cyber threats, cyber warfare, mitigating cyber risk, national security, and ensuring industries have the tools and knowledge they need to defend themselves in the digital world.
Johannes constantly seeks solutions that prove to be beneficial to those using the system, to make their job easier, while simultaneously serving the needs of the business. He specializes in the organizational aspects of transition, transformation, and change by combining the human element with the opportunities of technology. Johannes is a self-employed independent consultant, chief information security officer & data protection officer at Wedo, trainer, speaker, and author in the fields of cybersecurity, agile business management, and emerging technology.
Vladimer is a Fortune 500 consultant, thought leader, professor, keynote speaker, startup advisor, C-suite mentor, and media personality who has always been at the forefront of fast-paced industries. He has more than 15 years of international experience in marketing and innovation and is currently an advisory board member at RETHINK Retail and a digital marketing consultant for COMATCH. He has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance, Irish Tech News, and other media outlets and invited by Social Media Club and Startup Grind as a speaker.
Dan is a security, data, and digital technology transformation business Leader, with over 20 years of experience with IT technology and infrastructure strategy, cyber security, and information and systems protection. He's the CEO and principal partner of cybersecurity at Cybza and an active advisor to C-level and executive (SLT) sponsors. Dan is driven, passionate, and demands success in every challenge that needs to be addressed.
Darren understands the business value of cyber-security beyond the basic survival needs to position security as a business asset to clients and investors. He is currently serving as the group chief information security risk officer at Standard Chartered Bank and is the co-founder and chairman of Cyber Leadership Institute. As a regular keynote speaker at global events, Darren is adept at using real-world stories to demonstrate the critical importance of striving for cyber resilience.
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