Top Influencers in Security You Should Be Following in 2015

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In December of 2011, Tripwire published a list of security's top 25 influencers. More than three years later, we are pleased to announce a new list for 2015—The Infosec Avengers!

For each influencer whom we have selected, we include their Twitter handle, blog URL and reasoning for selecting them. We also include their answer for what infosec-related superpower they would choose to have.

This year's list (in no particular order) has some old faces and some new. Do you agree with our choices? Who else would you have chosen?

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Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist. He has written 12 books, including Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Thrive, not to mention published hundreds of articles and essays. His blog has is read by over 250,000 people, and he is regularly quoted by the press. Additionally, he regularly testifies before Congress and is an advisory board member for EFF and EPIC, among other organizations.

If you could have one infosec-related superpower, what would it be?

Most superpowers are pretty lame: super strength, super speed, super sight, super stretchiness.

Teleportation would probably be the most useful given my schedule, but for subverting security systems, you can't beat invisibility. You can bypass almost every physical security measure with invisibility, and when you trip an alarm—say, a motion sensor—the guards that respond will conclude that you're a false alarm.

Oh, you want an "infosec" superpower. Hmmm. The ability to detect the origin of packets? The ability to bypass firewalls without a sound? The ability to mimic anyone's biometric? Those are all too techy for me. Maybe the ability to translate my thoughts into articles and books without going through the tedious process of writing. But then, what would I do on long airplane flights? So maybe I need teleportation after all.

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