Hang around IT security long enough and several of the same names keep popping up. With good reason. They have both vision and influence and they aren't afraid to use them.
These explorers' findings of critical vulnerabilities - from Heartbleed to Shellshock - have generated excitement, along with awareness, and made an indelible mark on security.
Blessed are the influencers for they will make a true difference - through policy, vision, drive, innovation and ideas - in the course of information security. What sets our selection apart is that they've held significant sway on the direction of IT security.
These professionals have done everything from cryptography to founding an influential security conference.
From childhood fascinations and unlikely epiphanies to unexpected opportunities and market surges, top security managers find inspiration in almost anything - and they're willing to seize opportunity and take responsibility to lead their teams.
The following hitched up their digital wagons to blaze new trails in cybersecurity.
A Q&A gathering experts' thoughts on the threats they considered important in 2014 and envision imperiling us in 2015.
You're never too young to learn about information security, Teri Robinson reports.
Over the past quarter century, corporate information security has come into its own, reports Karen Epper Hoffman.
Wearable devices efficiently monitor user activity, but also open new targets for malware authors, reports Alan Earls.
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