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