The 15 Most Influential People in Security Today - 5. Michal Zalewski, Google

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

Before joining the search marketing giant as an information security engineer, Michal Zalewski launched an all-out assault on the security models of modern Web browsers, exposing critical vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Firefox. His public disclosure of those flaws went a long way to hardening the browsers. Now a member of Google's security team, he continues to find and report bugs in Apple's Mac OS X and to use his hacking skills to help secure Google's long list of Internet-facing products.

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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