Our latest report on Security Experts in The News covers January 2018 which was a busy month for the security industry. The discovery of Spectre and Meltdown sent every big name scurrying, especially Intel which was vulnerable to both flaws. Meltdown, it seems, was targeted directly at the leading chip manufacturer. Within the flurry of patch and firmware, both Microsoft and Intel saw some backlash. The former because systems from before 2015 were likely to see a significant slow down thanks to the patches, the latter because of relentless reboots caused by a bug in the firmware update. Both companies appear to be working hard at repairing the damage, for their corporate customers at least, but this explains why Navin Shenoy, Intel Vice President and Stephen Smith, head of Intel’s data centre engineering, along with Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices group, sit in first, fifth and fourth spots respectively.
In the chart below, you can see the top 10 security experts who have received the highest traction in the news for January. Second place goes to worthy contender for the security crown this month – Jann Horn from Google – one of those responsible for finding Spectre and Meltdown and putting the industry into high alert. Google waived its 90-day disclosure policy after Horn found the problem as the effort required to address it was described as both ‘Herculean’ and in need of plenty of cross-industry collaboration. Another top security name this month is Stephen Gillett, coming up in the ranks for his new role at fledgling company Chronicle. Using machine learning and cloud-based tools the company is setting out to support security teams in getting to the threats on time.
If you would like to see the full list of those who feature in the news in the USA and UK, click here.
Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, and Mark Papermaster, CTO of AMD, feature for their commentary on AMD’s chip security around Spectre alongside commitments to equally secure products and solutions in the future.
A summary of the remaining names includes:
- Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Technologies hitting the spotlight for his comments around the collapsed AT&T deal
- Rob Joyce, Whitehouse cybersecurity coordinator denying prior NSA knowledge of the Meltdown and Spectre exploits
- Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Labs still in the press defending his company’s honour
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