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Top 25 Cybersecurity Experts To Follow On Social Media In 2019

The official list from Scott Schober, Author of the popular book Hacked Again

Scott Schober

Metuchen, N.J. – Jan. 30, 2019

Cybersecurity now touches everyone. Our credit cards have been compromised, our identities stolen, and our private information on Facebook shared in secret. Let’s face it, nothing is 100 percent secure nor private. The media only tends to litter the headlines with sensational misinformation, only to correct or redact the news after readers and viewers have already lost interest. As a cybersecurity professional, I rely on guidance and indisputable facts and data that only top cybersecurity experts from the community can offer.

While Twitter is a less than ideal platform for its security, politics and general bullying tactics, it does offer valuable, crowd-sourced opinions and insights direct from the keyboards of experts for free. Over the years, I have picked up so much more practical and actionable advice than I ever could share back myself. If you learn something, thank them, retweet and share what you have learned with your followers. Some of my picks are researchers, some hackers, some top influencers but all of them make for a worthy following. Stay Safe…


Theresa Payton: Former White House CIO, CEO of Fortalice and team member on the CBS reality TV show ‘Hunted’ 

Theresa Payton is a well-respected authority on Internet security, net crime, fraud mitigation, and technology implementation. She was the first female to serve as White House Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Executive Office of the President from 2006 to 2008 where she administered IT enterprise for the President and 3,000 of his staff members. Theresa is currently CEO of Fortalice, a cybersecurity firm specializing in security threat intelligence and breach services for small to medium businesses. In my conversations with Theresa, I’ve always admired her relentless passion and generosity in educating everyone on cybersecurity.


Joseph Steinberg: Cybersecurity Expert, Executive, Consultant and CEO of SecureMySocial

As CEO of SecureMySocial, a social media warning and protection system for employees and businesses, Joseph Steinberg has spent over twenty years in the IT industry. Most recently, he served for 9 years as CEO of online authentication vendor, Green Armor Solutions, where he remains Chairman, and also in several senior capacities at cybersecurity firm, Whale Communications (acquired by Microsoft).  I always look forward to Joseph’s columns in Cybercrime Magazine where his eye on both present and future trends educates his readers on all things cybersecurity.


Dr. Eric Cole: Security Expert, Author, and Virtual CISO

Dr. Eric Cole is an industry-recognized expert with over 20 years of hands-on experience, founder and an executive leader at Secure Anchor Consulting where he provides leading-edge cybersecurity consulting services, expert witness work, and R&D initiatives to advance our field. He has authored several books including Advanced Persistent ThreatHackers BewareHiding in Plain Sight, and Network Security Bible 2nd Edition. In addition to regular research, speaking and writing projects, Dr. Cole is an inventor and holds over 20 patents and was a member of the Commission on Cybersecurity under the Obama administration. His ability to distill complex subjects and break them down so easily has helped me tremendously in my own presentations and writings.


Tyler Cohen Wood: Cybersecurity Expert, Keynote Speaker, Author, Media Contributor, Former SIO & DIA Cyber Deputy Chief

Tyler Cohen Wood is a cyber-authority with over 20 years of experience. Tyler served with the Defense Intelligence Agency as a Senior Intelligence Officer where she developed security solutions and made recommendations significantly developing and changing critical cybersecurity policies and directives affecting current and future intelligence community programs. She has aided the White House, DoD, federal law enforcement and the intelligence community in thwarting many cyberthreats to the USA. Tyler’s expertise has made her a frequent guest and writer for both national and local television, radio, print and online media. I had the privilege to co-present with Tyler at the 2018 RSA Conference on ‘Hacking implanted microchips.’


Kevin Mitnick: The World’s Most Famous Hacker, Security Consultant, Author, Public Speaker

Kevin Mitnick is a former magician, computer security consultant, author of several excellent books, and of course, hacker. In 1995, Kevin was arrested and later served five years in prison for various computer and communications-related crimes. He now educates companies how to stay safe in his role as the Chief Hacking Officer at rising cybersecurity company KnowBe4. I’ve had the honor to interview Kevin Mitnick at several security events and reviewed Ghost In The Wires, his third book. I’ll never forget an event in which Kevin invited me up on stage and performed identity theft on me right there and then … a truly eye-opening experience.


Brian Krebs: Blogger, Researcher, Cybersecurity Expert Reporter, Author

Brian brings his indispensable reporting and researching skills to his own books, blogs and website. Whether its spam, phishing, skimmers or breaches, Brian is my go-to source to find out what happened and get a detailed breakdown of how it happened. Brian is the author of Spam Nation. My favorite work of Brian’s is his coverage on skimming devices. Brian has personally traveled to and located skimmers hidden inside ATMs. While others are soaking up the sun at these Caribbean resorts, Brian is painstakingly documenting all suspicious ATMs and notifying these resorts. I had the privilege to appear with Brian in an interview we did together for an NPR Radio special on the topic of ransomware.


Bruce Schneier: Cryptographer, The Security Guru, Security Technologist, Author

Bruce Schneider is an American cryptographer, computer security professional, privacy specialist and cybersecurity writer. He has authored several books on general security topics, computer security and cryptography. His latest book, Data and Goliath, delves into data privacy policies, fears and means to take back control. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as it opened my eyes up to how much data we put out there and how very little privacy we actually have.


Robert Herjavec: Founder/CEO of Herjavec Group

Robert is a successful Canadian businessman who is the founder and CEO of The Herjavec Group. He is also an author, car enthusiast and well-known television celebrity from ABC’s Shark Tank. Robert writes the Cybersecurity CEO blog on Cybercrime Magazine. I had the honor of interviewing key executives at Herjavec’s Lift Off event held last year in Toronto. When I met Robert, I quickly learned he is a down-to-earth guy that also happens to be an exceptional entrepreneur and brilliant leader in the world of cybersecurity.


Adam Levin: Cybersecurity Expert, Author, Speaker

Adam is a consumer advocate with a comprehensive understanding of fraud, identity theft, and privacy issues that plague millions of victims. He is the author of the Amazon best-selling book entitled Swiped.


Stu Sjouwerman: Founder/CEO of KnowBe4, Cybersecurity Expert

Stu runs KnowBe4, a rising star in the world of cybersecurity that provides crucial cybersecurity training and awareness to employees and employers of all sizes. I had the privilege to interview him at the NYSE and introduce him as a keynote speaker alongside Kevin Mitnick at the 2017 Cyber Investing Summit.


Marc Goodman: Global Security Advisor, Author

After reading and reviewing Future Crimes by Marc Goodman, I was impressed with his strong background in law enforcement and how working with the FBI allows Marc to clearly see where we are now and where we’ll be in the world of crime. Marc regularly educates his audience through his tweets, his book, and his public speaking, which includes advising on how to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals.


Eugene Kaspersky: CEO of Kaspersky Labs

Kaspersky is a Russian cybersecurity expert and the CEO of Kaspersky Labs, an IT security company with over 4,000 employees. He is an expert researcher and regularly provides great cyberthreat research reports. His software empire has an impressive user base of over 400 million users.


Mikko Hypponen: Chief Research Officer at F-Secure, Ted Speaker, Reverse Engineer

Mikko Hypponen has delivered hundreds of talks in over 40 countries over the last 20 years. His TED Talk from 2011 has been viewed by more than 1.5 million people and translated to over 40 languages. He is active on Twitter and continues to share great insights into cybersecurity.


Katie Moussouris: Founder/CEO @lutasecurity, Hacker

Don’t let her pink hair intimidate you. Katie is the founder and CEO of Luta Security, which provides solutions architects for vulnerability disclosure & bug bounty programs.


Steve Morgan: Founder & Editor-In-Chief @ Cybersecurity Ventures

Steve is the founder & Editor-in-Chief of Cybersecurity Ventures, a well-respected cybersecurity researcher, journalist, community organizer, and publisher. He authors annual reports on cybercrime and the cybersecurity market – containing de facto standard statistical information which is routinely featured and quoted by major media outlets, professional journals, academia, government leaders, technology vendors, associations, and industry experts globally. Steve generously shares in his Tweets, articles, interviews a deep perspective of cybersecurity issues that affect us all.


Magda Chelly: CISSP Cyber Feminist, Founder of Woman in Cyber

I got to know Magda Chelly when she invited me to co-author ‘Conversations With Cybersecurity’s Undervalued Workforce.’ Magda is an inspiration to both men and women who are thinking of getting into the exciting world of cyber. She is a cyberfeminist, entrepreneur and managing director of Responsible Cyber based out of Singapore. I recently had the privilege to interview her on my series, What Keeps You Up at Night?


Richard Stiennon: Consultant, Lecturer, Author of There Will Be Cyberwar

Richard Stiennon is a security industry innovator. He is currently consulting, speaking and writing on all manner of security topics while organizing a startup poised to change the way enterprises protect their networks. He was most recently chief marketing officer for Fortinet. He has also served stints at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Gartner, and Netrex, the world’s first Managed Security Service Provider. I had the privilege of being interviewed alongside Richard on IBM’s Cyber Beat Live. 


Morgan Wright: Cybersecurity and Terrorism Analyst, Author, Keynote Speaker

Morgan is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity strategy, cyberterrorism, identity theft and privacy. His landmark testimony before Congress on changed how the government collected personally identifiable information. I had the privilege to meet up with Morgan on many podcasts and interview him at IBM’s 2016 Watson event in DC.


Graham Cluley: Computer Security Expert, Writer, Keynote Speaker

Graham Cluley is an award-winning security blogger, researcher, podcaster, and public speaker. He has been a well-known figure in the computer security industry since the early 90s when he worked as a programmer on the inaugural version of Dr. Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows.


Bob Carver: Cyber Security Guru at Verizon Wireless, Author

Bob is in the trenches every day monitoring hundreds of botnets and ten of thousands infected endpoints. His malware analysis, botnet tracking and mitigation keep us all safer in this challenging world of never-ending cyber crimes. I had the privilege to recently interview Bob on my weekly podcast.


Shira Rubinoff: Thought Leader, Cybersecurity Expert

Shira is a great resource for cybersecurity information and President of SecureMySocial, which prevents reputational damage and the leakage of confidential information, and helps ensure compliance with various laws. Shira’s work delivers security without requiring employers to monitor workers.


Ludmila Morozova-Buss: VP at Global Institute for IT Management

Ludmila is a seasoned professional that educates and inspires countless people in the world of technology and cybersecurity. She has authored many insightful blogs that help readers to think beyond the surface.


Dan Lohrmann: Chief Strategist and Chief Security Officer for Security Mentor, Author, Blogger, International Speaker on technology & security

Dan is a Chief Strategist and Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Security Mentor – author, blogger, international speaker on technology & security and former government CSO. I have learned more than my share from Dan’s articles on government technology and his various blog posts. His generosity is only matched by his contributions to the cybersecurity community. I had the privilege to be interviewed on several segments and recently was able to return the favor when I interviewed him on my weekly series, What Keeps You Up at Night? 


Chuck Brooks: Cybersecurity Expert, Speaker, Writer

Chuck Brooks is the Principal Market Growth Strategist of Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies for General Dynamics Mission Systems. LinkedIn named Chuck as one of “The Top 5 Tech People to Follow on LinkedIn” out of their 500 million members. In government, Chuck has served as the first Legislative Director of the Science & Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. He also served as a top advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter on Capitol Hill covering security and technology issues on Capitol Hill. I’ve had the privilege to interview Chuck recently on my weekly series.


John E Dunn: Security Journalist

John E Dunn is a Security Journalist, and the former co-founder at Techworld and Computerworld UK. He writes insightful articles covering cybersecurity in the UK and globally. John currently writes for the popular NakedSecurity blog, which is published by Sophos.

– Scott Schober is the CEO of BVS, Inc. He is an author, speaker, and cyber security & wireless expert at Scott Schober LLC. He has presented extensively on cybersecurity and corporate espionage at conferences around the globe. He has recently overseen the development of several cell phone detection tools used to enforce a “no cell phone policy” in correctional, law enforcement, and secured government facilities. He is regularly interviewed for leading national publications and major network television stations including Fox, Bloomberg, Good Morning America, CNN, CGTN, CNBC, MSNBC and many more. He is the author of ‘Hacked Again’, his latest book as well as a contributor for Huffington Post and guest blogs regularly for Tripwire’s State of Security series. Scott also writes for Business Value Exchange, Fortune Magazine and IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub.

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