Alan March 30, 2007 1:03 PM

“I have a little list,
of security people who would not be missed…”

Sorry. Too much Mikado for dinner last night.

Joe Patterson March 30, 2007 2:17 PM

And here I thought it would be “no-fly”.

@Ian: Because numbers devisible by 10 are just so much better. Or at least, numbers devisible by the next lowest magnitude power of 10. And in the case of even powers of 10 greater than or equal to 100, it’s acceptable to add 1. (e.g., 101 of the greatest yada yada.)

I don’t know why, it’s just the truth. Accept it.

David Donahue March 30, 2007 2:53 PM


Other than Richard Stiennon, it seems roughly aphabetical by first name. My cynical guess that the others advertise with and Bruce was added for credibility.

Paul Renault March 30, 2007 3:21 PM

“2. Why 59?”

Yeah, they could have just said: “Prime Top Influencers in IT Security”

I kill myself…

Carlo Graziani March 30, 2007 3:27 PM

Is there a “Top 73 Lists That List Bruce Schneier As One Of The Most Influential Persons Or Studliest Geeks In Some Field Or Another” list?

rmg March 30, 2007 3:30 PM


Make no mistake, none of these people are allowed to fly in/out of the US because of import/export laws and the munitions grade crypto in their heads.

Mike Schiraldi March 30, 2007 3:51 PM

@Anonymous: Of course i would recognize Ed Felten. But he’s not one of the four people i referred to in my comment.

Scott March 30, 2007 5:44 PM

@ Joe Patterson: “Because numbers devisible by 10 are just so much better

59/10 = 5.9 <– Look, 59 is divisible by 10.

Anonymous March 30, 2007 7:42 PM

Because “59 of the best” sounds clever and offbeat to people who care about such lists.

Anonymous March 31, 2007 12:09 PM

Congrats Bruce! I finally hope you’ll start participating in Gillette’s business model by considering their shaving propositions for your upcoming awards and top IT lists.

Get a shave and a decent haircut man ONLY in case you actually meet people in real life.

Mitchel Ashley March 31, 2007 4:37 PM

Welcome to the top 59 most important security people list, Bruce. You’re in good company with me and my sidekick, Alan. We run Stillsecure and create network security products. I have a long history in banking and telco but now I’m a security expert, trying to increase the overall security of all computer users. I just wanted to say hello and welcome.

Sh@ft April 2, 2007 2:34 PM

Top two INFOSEC influencers in the world today:
1. Sh@ft
2. Bruce Schneier

For booking and speaking information please contact Sh@ft or send checks payable to “cash” PO box 11111 NY NY

Honestly these lists annoy the hell out of me. There’s usually a couple good names, and the rest is just BS like the guy above – I’m sorry “who are you?”. I would love to know because after 15 years in infosec w/ military, fortune 50 companies, among others I have never heard of you or your company. After googling it looks like you have a blog and post to some securityfocus threads. Not sure how that qualifies as being so influencial.. but if its on the internet it must be true. /sarcasm

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