The 15 Most Influential People in Security Today - 1. Tavis Ormandy, Google Security Team

By Ryan Naraine  |  Posted 2008-02-12 Print this article Print

As goes Google, so goes Web 2.0 security. Tavis Ormandy, one of the most visible hackers/researchers on the Google Security Team, faces the unenviable responsibility of making sure all of Google's products pass the security smell test. An open-source security guru, Ormandy is tasked with identifying and analyzing vulnerabilities and exploits--and with getting them fixed before the bad guys can do damage. He is also co-lead of the Gentoo Security Team, shoring up the security of the Linux distribution.

It's never easy to come up with a definitive list of IT professionals with the most influence on the way we secure desktops, networks and mobile devices. And limiting the list to 15 hackers is a near-impossible task, but, in my mind, these are the folks who stand out today as stirring the imagination and forcing us to rethink our approach to security in an always-on world.

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