In today’s digital landscape, cybersecurity is a top consideration for companies. It’s not enough to have a strategic plan and monitoring tools in place. IT managers and business leaders need to keep a finger on the pulse of the latest developments, from emerging threats to new resources that can keep your business one step ahead of the competition. From reading blogs and publications to staying connected with thought leaders on social platforms, it’s important to stay up to date with the news, insights and big ideas coming out of the industry.
We wanted to share a roundup of some great thought leaders sharing their ideas and thoughts on the field. Many of the greatest minds leading the field in cybersecurity today are women. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, 20% of the talent in the cybersecurity field today are women — and that number is on the rise. Here are some of the leading experts in cybersecurity today and where you can follow them online to stay informed about the latest threats and issues.
Dr. Chenxi Wang, Rain Capital, Managing General Partner
Dr. Chenxi Wang shares her insights on the cybersecurity industry via her Twitter account, @chenxiwang. Wang is a security technologist and serves as the managing general partner for Rain Capital. Rain Capital is a venture fund that was created to provide early-stage cybersecurity companies in Silicon Valley with strategy, capital, critical resources and unique insights. Through her Tweets and her keynote speeches, Wang offers insights on high-level cybersecurity trends and critical insights for companies operating in the space.
Kathleen Richards, Editor, Information Security Magazine
Kathleen Richards is the editor of Information Security magazine. As the head of one of the cybersecurity industry’s top publications, she has a pulse on the latest happenings and shares those insights on her Twitter account at @RichardsKath. In addition, you can access Richards’ thought-provoking writing on the latest emerging threats, cybersecurity industry events and more at TechTarget’s SearchSecurity.
Katie Moussouris, Founder and CEO, Luta Security
Katie Moussouris shares insights from her experiences as a security specialist, vulnerability expert and bug bounty hunter on Twitter, at @k8em0. Her work in the field of cybersecurity has led Moussouris to receive prestigious fellowships at MIT, Harvard and beyond. Previously, she created the bug bounty program at Microsoft. Her company, Luta Security, specializes in helping governments and businesses work collaboratively with hackers to identify and address digital vulnerabilities. She shares her insights and pioneering work on vulnerability disclosure and the field of cybersecurity in regular social updates, speeches and panel discussions.
Window Snyder, Chief Software Security Officer, VP & GM of the Intel Platform Security Division, Intel
Window Snyder is a security industry veteran who connects with audiences via her Twitter account, @Window. Snyder has held a variety of senior security roles at top companies, including Apple, Mozilla, Microsoft and Fastly. Her expertise on the high-level issues that enterprises and mid-size companies face in areas related to cybersecurity and information security is second to none. Catch a keynote or follow her on social media to stay in the loop.
Laura Koetzle, VP and Group Director Serving Security and Risk Professionals, Forrester
Analysts have a unique position in the cybersecurity and information security space, researching the trends and providing insights on how they affect company operations. Laura Koetzle is at the helm of Forrester’s research organization, which provides insights for security and risk professionals, among other related areas of expertise. Koetzle shares her thoughts on Twitter @lkoetzle, and interested readers can find her latest research at Forrester. She contributes to and oversees reports on topics as diverse as laying the foundation for customer security and building an integrated infrastructure to securely accelerate growth.
No list of experts covering this space can ever be complete. There are dozens — if not hundreds — of thought leaders covering security topics. From an analyst’s broad research-based view to the insights of executives making tough decisions every day, each contributor adds to a thriving dialogue online. Twitter and LinkedIn can be great ways to connect with these thought leaders and follow the news they highlight, their individual writing and more.
Staying up to date on insights from a range of cybersecurity leaders should be part of your overall security strategy. Connecting on social media, reading online publications and even attending conferences can help you access the latest thinking. Whether you’re learning new strategies for addressing emerging threats or you’re connecting to high-level thought leadership on developing your disaster recovery plan, continuing to educate yourself and increase your knowledge will pay dividends in the long term.