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5 InfoSec Influencers Who Need a Mention

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Written by Chinmay Rastogi

The internet has truly encompassed all areas of a person’s life. Be it for business or be it for personal usage, the internet has become essential for people for their daily needs. Despite the long way that the world of internet has come in the short time of its existence, there is continuous work being done on many areas of the internet to make it even more comprehensive in its utilities.

But, as is the case with all the things that are beneficial to mankind, there are those who use the internet for causing harm to others. What should be a service everyone can reap the fruits of without having the slightest of concerns is increasingly becoming a service where people try to devise newer and more gruesome ways to benefit themselves at the expense of others.

Everyday users are not much learned in the dangers they face while surfing on the internet and are even less equipped to deal with the notorious people that are out there looking to gain access to their systems and compromise their data. Luckily, though, the battle has spawned some well-wishers to nullify the troublemakers’ attempts as well.

Security Researchers and influencers are pitted against the attackers in this constant cyber war. They constantly guard casual users from the threats of attackers and even create new tools and techniques to prevent the attackers from doing anything whatsoever. Where the trouble makers are the invaders, the security influencers are the protectors.

Here are 5 infosec influencers that you need to follow:

  1. Lenny Zeltser

Lenny is the product management director at NCR Corp as well as member of the Board of Directors at SANS Technology. He also trains digital forensics at the SANS institute. Lenny Zeltser is the one who maintains the free Linux Tool REMnux, a high quality tool for Analysing Malware.

  1. Christopher Elisan

Elisan is a big name in the field of digital threat and malware expertise. He is the Principal Malware Scientist at RSA and is the author of Malware, Rootkits and Botnets. His long and lustrous career is full of projects pioneered by him as well as products designed by him for reverse engineering, malware research and threat analysis. Christopher Elisan is a prominent figure at the stage of security and hacker conferences as well.

  1. Caleb Sima

Caleb Sima is known for co-founding SPI Dynamics specializing in web application security. He is also the co-founder of Bluebox Security and one of the authors of Hacking Exposed Web Applications book series.

  1. Dafydd Stuttard

Stuttard is the creator of Burp Suite, which is a famous tool that has proved to be of great importance in finding weak spots in websites and their web applications. He is also the co-author of The Web Application Hacker’s Handbook.

  1. Vivek Ramachandran

Vivek is a famous wireless penetration tester and the author of many books like “The Metaspoilt Megaprimer” and “Wireless Penetration Testing using Backtrack” as well. Founder of SecurityTube.net and the Pentester Academy, Vivek Ramachandran is a celebrated figure in the field of wireless penetration testing. He is the one who discovered the Caffe Latte attack and broke the WEP Cloaking.

End Note

The people mentioned in this article are only 5 InfoSec Influencers that are constantly upgrading and honing the security mechanisms used by big corporations to thwart hackers and attackers from causing harm to them. They are a great inspiration for people all over the world. The tools they design and their pioneering efforts in their respective fields ensure that people like us are protected from the notorious attempts of hackers and attackers.

About the author

Chinmay Rastogi

Chinmay is an engineering student currently pursuing his final year in Computer Science and Engineering at Manipal Institute of Technology. Born in 1994 and hailing from Jaipur, he has been writing web content and articles regularly for many websites. An avid reader and music enthusiast, nothing captivates him more than a beautiful combination of words, and that's what he strive to achieve. He is also the author of the 2015 fiction novel Chasing Sanity.

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