The 15 Most Influential People in Security Today - 12. Bronwen Matthews, Microsoft

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

A key part of Microsoft's mandatory SDL process is Bronwen Matthews' responsibility. A Trustworthy Computing security program manager, Matthews manages the vendor selection process for security researchers, penetration testers and expert instructors. In this role, she controls the budget for outside hacking teams hired to break Microsoft's products, spreading her influence in two parts: security of the Windows ecosystem and, more importantly, funding the startups that promote the best in security research.

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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