31 Cyber Security Influencers You NEED to Be Following

Written by Sam Jones
Mar 27, 2020 - 19 minute read

We've compiled a list of 31 cyber security influencers you can follow to make sure you never miss out on the latest news and insights again...

If you're anything like me, you love your social media to be full of cyber security content.

And if you're even more like me, you hate it when you miss out on discussions and insights from trending content.

We've compiled a list of 31 cyber security influencers you can follow across social media to make sure you never miss out on the latest news and insights again.

I must also add, this isn't a ranked list (but if you do want to know my favourite - send me a message on LinkedIn and I'll let you know!

1. Eugene Kaspersky

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About Eugene

Eugene Kaspersky was born in Russia and funnily enough, he came into cyber security by accident...

When his computer got infected with the 'Cascade' virus in 1989, he used his knowledge and specialised skillset from his time as a cryptographer to remove the virus. Once he caught the 'bug' (no pun intended) for cyber security, it never left.

Since 1989, he has been successfully combating malware in all of its different forms. In fact, the University of Hamburg had said in 1994 that he and his team of researchers had made the best anti-virus program in the world.

Eugene is now the CEO of 'Kapersky' which he launched with his trust team of researchers in 1997, as you can imagine, it's been a great success with the Kapersky Lab operating in almost 200 countries worldwide.

Click here to follow Eugene on Twitter

Click here to follow Eugene on LinkedIn

2. Mikko Hypponen

Mikko Hypponen

About Mikko

You may know Mikko from his three incredible Ted Talks, our personal favourite was his talk on Fighting viruses, defending the net. Mikko is the Chief Research Officer at his Finnish company, F-Secure Corporation.

The F-Secure team have successfully navigated through some of the world's most deadly computer virus outbreaks in history. Mikko was also awarded for his efforts after receiving the Virus Bulletin Award for Best educator in the anti-malware industry 2010.

Click here to follow Mikko on Twitter

Click here to follow Mikko on LinkedIn

3. Katie Moussouris

Katie Moussouris

About Katie

As chief policy officer for vulnerability disclosure company, HackerOne,  Katie was crucial in production of 'Hack the Pentagon', the government's first bug bounty program. Katie then followed this with 'Hack the Air force.'

Nowadays, as the CEO of start-up Luta Security, she continues to help governments and organisations with vulnerability disclosure programs and bug bounty programs. 

Click here to follow Katie on Twitter

Click here to follow Katie on LinkedIn

4. Jane Frankland

Jane Frankland

About Jane

Jane Frankland has over 21 years of experience in the cyber security field, she focuses on strategy and high performance in cybersecurity.

She's known to be the inspiration for many women across the world and has been named as the third most influential person in cybersecurity in the UK and as well as a top 20 global influencer.

Click here to follow Jane on Twitter

Click here to follow Jane on LinkedIn

5. Robert Lee

Robert Lee

About Robert

Robert is one of the most famous names on this list, he is described a trailblazer in the monitoring and incident reporting industry. He has been making his impact in the cyber security world ever since being an Air Force Cyber Warfare Operations Officer with the United States National Security Agency.

Robert was named in the 2016 Forbes Enterprise Tech's 30 under 30 and has since gone on to great things with Dragos Security where he is the co-founder and CEO. Here's a man who knows his stuff inside out!

Click here to follow Robert on Twitter

Click here to follow Robert on LinkedIn

6. Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

About Bill

Bill is a veteran in the cyber security space, he is a well respected journalist and has been building Information Security communities for decades.

He is currently the Director of Research at IANS and also runs a brilliant blog over on www.theocddiares.com which sheds light on Information Security and a wealth of other lifestyle topics I'm sure you'll appreciate!

Click here to follow Bill on Twitter

Click here to follow Bill on LinkedIn

7. Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford

About Dave

Dave is an author, SANS analyst and senior instructor but he spends of most of his time as helping businesses as founder of Voodoo Security. Voodoo are specialists in risk assessments and compliance analysis amongst a host of other services.

Dave is the definition of an expert, he's helped hundreds of businesses get secure and is a vExpert with a vast array of experience designing secure virtualised infrastructures. 

Click here to follow Dave on Twitter

Click here to follow Dave on LinkedIn

8. Brian Krebs

Brian Krebs

About Brian

It's hard to be in the Cyber Security space and not be aware of Brian Krebs, his blog 'Krebs on Security' is a staple in the industry and provides expert opinion on breaking news within the industry. Brian is also an investigative journalist and is popular for his coverage on cyber criminals and hackers who use their skills to turnover a profit.

Simply put, without Brian's content on your feed, you're only getting half the experience.

Click here to follow Brian on Twitter

Click here to follow Brian on LinkedIn

9. Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick

About Kevin

Kevin is one of the most interesting people in the whole space and arguably the most famous. He was arrested by the FBI for multiple computer crimes and after spending 5 years in prison, he decided to use his hacking skills to help people instead of taking from them.

Kevin is now a cyber security consultant, author and speaker as well as the CEO of his own consultancy firm. 

Click here to follow Kevin on Twitter

Click here to follow Kevin on LinkedIn

10. Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier

About Bruce

Bruce is a cyber security expert, cryptographer and a specialist in privacy security. The Economist labelled Bruce a "Security Guru" and I don't think there's a more fitting term for him! I'm sure you'll love his blog over at www.schneier.com

Click here to follow Bruce on Twitte

11. Troy Hunt

Troy Hunt

About Troy

Troy is one of the best in the industry on educating individuals and businesses about cyber security. His 'Have I been Pwned?' data breach search website is used by thousands every single day!

Click here to follow Troy on Twitter

Click here to follow Troy on LinkedIn

12. Joseph Steinberg

Joseph Steinberg

About Joseph

Joseph Steinberg is an incredibly versatile cyber security expert, he helps businesses as a speaker, influencer, advisor and expert witness. He has been described a thought leader by many of his peers. You may have even heard of Joseph from his infamous book Cyber Security for Dummies.

Click here to follow Joseph on Twitter

Click here to follow Joseph on LinkedIn

13. Daniel Miessler

Daniel Miessler

About Daniel

Daniel is a specialist cyber security consultant and writer with over 20 years of experience. He is a brilliant problem solver and has assisted many of the top establishments across the world over his illustrious career.

Nowadays, Daniel is spending most of his time with the OWASP foundation for the IoT Security Project where he is project leader.

Click here to follow Daniel on Twitter

Click here to follow Daniel on LinkedIn

14. Kevin Beaumont

Kevin Beaumont

About Kevin

In his own words, Kevin is an "influential, UK, Infosec Geezer". Kevin is quite the personality and definitely someone you'll like on your feed. Also, Kevin is building cyber security operations from the ground up at Thomas Cook as well as blogging over on https://doublepulsar.com/.

Click here to follow Kevin on Twitter

15. Gaurav Banga

About Gaurav

Gaurav has led the creation of many successful businesses based on innovative technologies but insists his path into entrepreneurship was accidental! Gaurav has been seeing opportunities in the cyber security space for decades and is also the CEO and founder of Balbix.

Click here to follow Gaurav on Twitter

Click here to follow Gaurav on LinkedIn

16. Jayson Street

Jayson E Street

About Jayson

Author of the brilliant "Dissecting the Hack: The V3rb0t3n Network", Jayson's illustrious career started 30 years ago and his unique and insightful discussion on social media is something you'll definitely enjoy. Jayson is currently the vice President of Information Security at SphereNY. where is he is providing training, speaking engagements and being a teachable moment for companies from all sectors and from around the globe.

Click here to follow Jayson on Twitter

Click here to follow Jayson on LinkedIn

17. Dave Lewis

Dave Lewis

About Dave

Dave is an international keynote speaker, Harvard graduate, Forbes Raconteur and the global advisory CISO at Cisco. With over 39,000 followers on Twitter, a follow for Dave would introduce brilliant humour and insightful content onto your feed!

Click here to follow Dave on Twitter

Click here to follow Dave on LinkedIn

18. Dan Goodin

About Dan

Dan is currently a security editor at Ars Technica and he has been in the space as a journalist for over 15 years. He has been exceptional at reporting the exploits of white-hat, grey-hat and black-hat hackers. He currently has over 37,000 followers over on Twitter and you shouldn't hesitate to join his following!

Click here to follow Dan on Twitter

19. Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan

Larry sets the editorial strategy for three business technology sites: ZDNet; TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research. I highly recommend all three sites as they are brilliant sources for cyber security news and insights so as you can imagine, Larry is doing an incredible job. Join his 30,000+ followers on Twitter by following below!

About Larry

Click here to follow Larry on Twitter

Click here to follow Larry on LinkedIn

20. Brian Honan

Brian Honan

About Brian

Brian is one of Ireland's proudest assets and exports, he is an information security consultant, author and Head of Ireland's reporting and information security service. If you aren't sure about the type of quality content you'd receive on your feed by following Brian, this is the same person who as awarded the SC Magazine Award for Information Security Person of the Year and was inducted into the Infosecurity Hall of Fame.

Click here to follow Brian on Twitter

Click here to follow Brian on LinkedIn

21. Anton Chuvakin

Anton Chuvakin | ISMG Events

About Anton

Anton is a recognised security expert in the field of SIEM, log management and PCI DSS compliance.  He has written best selling books such as "Security Warrior", "PCI Compliance", "Logging and Log Management" and has contributed to books such as "Information Security Management Handbook" amongst others.

With over 30,000 fans on Twitter, Anton is someone you need on your feed for his high level expertise.

Click here to follow Anton on Twitter

Click here to follow Anton on LinkedIn

22. Eleanor Dallaway

Eleanor Dallaway

About Eleanor

Eleanor is the editor of the world famous Infosecurity Magazine and her work has enabled her to amass a following over 15,000 on Twitter where she regularly shares relevant content in the space as well as content from the Infosecurity Magazine. If you're following Eleanor, you're likely to see a few tweets and posts about sunsets and animals too!

Click here to follow Eleanor on Twitter

Click here to follow Eleanor on LinkedIn

23. Shira Rubinoff

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About Shira

Shira is a globally respected influencer within the cyber security industry, she is the president of Secure My Social as well as an inspiration for young females all around the world.

Shira was named one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business, was named by CSO Magazine as a Woman of Influence, was honoured by CSO and the EWF with their “One to Watch” award, and was honoured as the 2017 "Outstanding Woman in Infosec" by the CyberHub Summit. 

Shira needs to be on your feed, follow her below!

Click here to follow Shira on Twitter

Click here to follow Shira on LinkedIn

24. Raj Samani

Raj Samani

About Raj

Raj is currently the Chief Scientist at McAfee and has been recognised for his contribution to the cyber security industry by being inducted into the Infosecurity Europe hall of Fame, Peter Szor award as well as the Intel Achievement Award.

Raj is also the co-author of the book 'Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid' as well as 'CSA Guide to Cloud computing'. and his work has amassed him a following over 11,000 on Twitter.

Click here to follow Raj on Twitter

Click here to follow Raj on LinkedIn

25. Adrian Sanabria


About Adrian

Adrian's philosophy is "learning by building and doing". He is the founder at Bsides Knoxville, an advisor at AdvisoryCloud and OpCode 41 Security as well as being an advocate at Thinkst Applied Research. Adrian's work rate is phenomenal and with over 20 years of experience, he is certainly a thought leader in the industry who deserves your follow!

Click here to follow Adrian on Twitter

Click here to follow Adrian on LinkedIn

26. Jack Daniel

Jack Daniel

Jack Daniel's witty posts on social media have earned him over 59,000 followers. He is the community advocate at Tenable as well as the co-host of his podcast "Security Voices" (Which I fully recommend!). There's not many better technology storytellers in the industry, follow Jack below and get his content on your feed!

About Jack

Click here to follow Jack on Twitter

Click here to follow Jack on LinkedIn

27. Jake Williams

About Jake

Jake is one of the most recognisable people on this list, he is the founder of RenditionSec.

He helps create secure environments that function by addressing realistic risk and he also I help helps organisations find weak spots before attackers do. Jake's posts will educate you to the point you'll believe he is your information security mentor. Go on, join the 68,000+ people who follow Jake!

Click here to follow Jake on Twitter

Click here to follow Jake on LinkedIn

28. Jeremiah Grossman

Jeremiah Grossman

About Jeremiah

Jeremiah is the only person on this list with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he will quite literally take you down online and offline. He is a professional hacker, the CEO of Bit Discovery, the founder of White Hat Security and the Chief of Security Strategy at SentinelOne. With over 63,000 followers enjoying his content, it's best you join in on the fun. 

Click here to follow Jeremiah on Twitter

Click here to follow Jeremiah on LinkedIn

29. Kim Zetter

About Kim

Kim is an incredibly accomplished investigative journalist who has been named in the best ten security journalists in the United States a brilliant three times. She covers the topics most people are scared to touch, this has made her the journalist she is today and her 51,000 fans on social media rightly sing her praises! 

Click here to follow Kim on Twitter

Click here to follow Kim on LinkedIn

30. Matt Suiche

Matt Suiche

About Matt

Matt is the founder of Comae Technologies, founder of cybersecurity conference OPCDE as well as a review board member at Black Hat. You probably know Matt as the founder of MoonSols, and co-founder of CloudVolumes before it was acquired by VMWare in 2014. Here's one professional hacker you'll love to hear from on a daily basis on Twitter, get following now!

Click here to follow Matt on Twitter

Click here to follow Matt on LinkedIn

31. Rik Ferguson

Rik Ferguson

About Rik

Rik is the Vice President of Security Research at Trend Micro and he is also a multi-award winning producer and writer. By following Rik, you can expect to see all the breaking news through the lens of a man with decades of experience. Rik is someone who breaks barriers and creates conversation, if this sounds like you, you NEED to join Rik's 12,000+ followers on Social Media!

Click here to follow Rik on Twitter

Click here to follow Rik on LinkedIn

And there you have it!

You can expect your feed to be incredibly insightful, humorous and colourful with the 31 influencers in this list.

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