The 15 Most Influential People in Security Today - 6. Window Snyder

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

A former Microsoft security strategist, Window Snyder borrowed a page from Redmond's playbook and introduced a comprehensive-threat modeling and penetration-testing routine to Mozilla, where she now works as "Chief security something or other..." Snyder's behind-the-scenes security efforts--which include outside hacker teams conducting simulated attacks on Firefox 3--are sure to pay off for the open-source alternative Web browser.

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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