It seems that it is the Summer of ’17 that should feature in song as one of the most damaging for organisations in the United States. In the infographic below, you can see the top 10 security people mentioned the most in the US press during September. If you would like a full list across the USA, UK, France, Germany or Spain, you can access our free report here.
The reason why the summer of ’17 has been one of the deadliest is that in September, the full impact of a series of hacks that took place in these months was finally felt. From Equifax to Time Warner, companies were left picking up the pieces that the hackers left behind.
The leading security voice was, of course, the CEO and Founder of Kaspersky Labs, Eugene Kaspersky. Thanks to his ties to Russia, his software has been banned from use by federal government and ignited debate around the globalisation of software and the move towards country-specific solutions. His voice is closely followed by that of Avivah Litan, Gartner Vice President and security analyst who was often quoted in the Equifax breach. Her singular statement as to the scale of the attack summed up the situation neatly – a ten in terms of potential identity theft. It is a statement borne out by recent news reports of one woman who has had her identity stolen 15 times since the hack.
Patrick Wardle, an ex-NASA hacker and Chief Security Researcher at Synack takes third spot thanks to his deft discovery of a vulnerability in MacOS High Sierra. His video showing how he used an app downloaded off the internet to penetrate the system was spread across the media for the month. Apple wasn’t convinced or convincing in its response.
A summary of the final seven includes:
- Eric Chien – announcing the hacks of US energy companies by hacking group Dragonfly 2.0.
- Craig Williams – the compromise of free CCleaner software
- Paul Yung – the backdoor into CCleaner
- Matthew Prince – the war on hate speech, overflowing from the August eruptions [read our report here]
- Chris Vickery – discovered a repository of US military veteran resumes
- Ondrej Vlcek – Insight into the Equifax hack
- Leigh-Anne Galloway – revealing hackable flaws in IoT cameras
Get more insight into the expert security comment, analysis around the incidents and further statistics on reach, impact and commentary by downloading our free report.