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Adam Bannister was Editor of IFSEC Global from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam is also a former Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
June 6, 2017

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Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017: Cybersecurity

After extensive consultation with a panel of judges from across the industry, we are delighted to reveal our roll call of the Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017: cybersecurity (UK and international).

The BSIA is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It’s a trio of 50s because we’ve also designed a graphic featuring all influencers based on the cover of the Beatles’ seminal Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, which also celebrated its 50th anniversary last month.

Scroll down for the top 10 influencers in the security manufacturers/service providers category and find out results of the other categories below.

Top 50 influencers: Beatles tribute visual

Lifetime of influence tribute: Mike Tennent, Tavcom Training

Security manufacturers/service providers

Security management, education and thought leadership (UK and international)

Fire safety

Installer/integrator excellence

Cybersecurity UK

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5. Sarb Sembhi, CTO, CISO & DPO

Chair of ISACA Region 3 Government and Regulatory Advisory Sub-Committee, and member of the ISACA International GRA Committee; member of the ISACA Cloud Computing Task Force; and is a Past-President of ISACA London Chapter); Founder and first Chair of the Security Advisory Group of ISACA London Chapter; a member of InfoSecurity Magazine Editorial Board; a member of ISSA UK Advisory Board; member of the iGRC Advisory Group; Member of IET; Eurim; and an individual member of the Parliamentary IT Committee (now PICTFOR). The research Sarb has undertaken includes “Vulnerabilities of Network CCTV Systems”, “Data Integrity Attacks”, Converged Security Management and “Cyber Threats”

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4. Mike Gillespie, MD and co-founder, Advent IM; director, cyber strategy and research, SEcurity Institute; VP, C3I  Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science (CSCSS)

Mike is an experienced, senior information security practitioner of many years’ standing and is well versed in the threat to organisational information assets. An active member of the Security Institute since 2008, Mike was voted onto the board of Directors in 2013 and given special responsibility for Cyber Research and Strategy. Recently, having been a member of the CSCSS Global Cyber Security Select Committee for some time, he is now in the role of Vice President of C3i Group and assists the organisation in continuing to promote thought leadership and awareness to a global audience on the current threats to organisational information assets emanating from cyberspace.  Mike serves as a cyber spokesperson for the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and serves as the Cyber Security lead for the surveillance cameras guide from the UK Government’s Surveillance Camera Commissioner As a subject matter expert Mike is called upon regularly to speak at events and contribute editorial, including for the BBC and The Sunday Times as well as regular industry media. He is also part of the editorial board for Professional Security Magazine.

“Mike continues to promote and educate a wide range of professionals on the importance of cyber security, why it’s everyone’s responsibility and the key things we need to consider when implementing effective cyber security strategy. He does this through regular industry presentations, publications, articles, social media and blogs and as a practising consultant. In the 13 years I have known him he tirelessly and enthusiastically works to improve cyber security in organisations of all shapes and sizes and deserves this nomination. Mike works tirelessly to bring together the many moving parts that security involves. He has pushed the convergence agenda with integrity, expertise and good-natured advice and guidance for all and continues to be a great ambassador for the security community in the media.”

#3 Jane Frankland, CISO advisor

3. Jane Frankland, CISO advisor

Jane Frankland is an entrepreneur, international speaker, author, and business consultant. She has 19-years worth of experience in information security, is an SC Awards Judge for Europe and the USA, an award winner, and according to Influencer50 one of the top 50 influencers in the UK cyber security market. Over the years Jane has built and sold her own multi million dollar global penetration testing firm, Corsaire, and held senior executive positions at several large PLCs, including the NCC Group. Through these companies, she has been actively involved in OWASP, CREST, and the Cyber Essentials Scheme. She has also served as a Board Advisor for a large European CISO forum, has a BA (Hons) from Loughborough University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management (ISMM).

Jane believes passionately in entrepreneurship, freedom and empowerment. Today she provides aspirational cyber security corporates, entrepreneurs and individuals with strategic solutions to help them reach their potential.  As an ambassador for cyber security she is passionate about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) and diversity in the workplace. She is currently writing a book on women in security, which is due for release in 2017, and working hard to improve the issue of attraction and retention. The question you’ll hear Jane ask the most  in business is ‘what’s your objective.’  The reason why is obvious. Unless you know why you’re doing something why do it at all.


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2. Danny Dresner

A consulting research analyst and lecturer Danny Dresner has described his mission as being to “find the threads that bind information together and mend them when they break.” After successful ISO/IEC 27001 implementations, he co-created IASME and contributed material to the Cyber Essentials.

I calibrate the human firewall, deliver risk assessment, policy writing workshops, and internal audits. I work with associates to add value like penetration testing. I follow the same practices whether certification needed, wanted, or not! Experience with:

Specialties include Information governance, assurance, and security from gap analysis to implementation route map, support, advice and education/awareness. Research includes Pragmatic application of standards and good practice (especially ISO/IEC 27001 et al.; IA for SMEs).

“Danny manages to combine a thorough appreciation of the real risks associated with cyber security with a pragmatic, business-led approach to both the problem and the solution.”

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1. Troels Oerting, Barclays Group CISO

Troels Oerting, Group Chief Security Officer & Group Chief Information Security Officer at Barclays has been appointed 2017 Chairman of the Board at the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA).

The GCA is an international, non-profit organisation dedicated to confronting cyber risk and improving our connected world.

On his appointment Troels said: “I look forward to my year as Chairman of the GCA. Over the past year, since its inception in late 2015, tremendous strides have been made in development of projects that will have dramatic impact on the state of cyber security.

“Systemic cyber risk is an issue that every organisation – large or small, public or private – needs to address for themselves, their customers and to improve the digital world we all live in. The work GCA does is important for all.”

Philip Reitinger, GCA President and CEO said: “Troels’ experience and wisdom are incomparable. His deep understanding of international law enforcement, systemic cyber risks, and financial institution concerns will enable him to lead GCA in its global mission. His passion to make a difference in cyber risk will ensure success.”

Oerting joined Barclays in 2015 and is responsible for protecting and enabling the organisation’s privacy and security across all platforms. He has deep experience in cyber security in both law enforcement and the private sector, holding various senior leadership positions with the Danish Police, including Director of Danish NCIS, National Crime Squad, SOCA and Director of Operations in the Danish Security Intelligence Service. He also spent 11 years at Europol.


Cybersecurity international

#5 magda chelley

5. Magda Chelly, managing director, Responsible Cyber

Magda has a PhD in Telecommunication Engineering followed by a cyber security specialization. She has an extensive experience of delivering Cyber Security education and awareness programs to organizations around the world, working with Fortune 500 companies. She is multilingual, speaking English, Arabic, French, Italian and Polish. Magda has extensive International Experience in Africa, Asia, Europe & the Middle East.

Magda has been nominated as Global Leader for Woman in IT and she accomplished several big steps for her business to make a change in the cyber security area: Responsible Cyber is an official CISCO partner for cyber-security services; it launched a Professional Diploma in Cyber Security, Cloud and IoT in Singapore, in partnership with Trent Global College; and has evolved from Singapore to 19 locations around the World, through a strategic alliance with K2 Partnering Solutions.

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4. Theresa Payton, CEO, Fortalice

Theresa Payton is one of the nation’s leading experts in cybersecurity and IT strategy. As CEO of Fortalice Solutions, an industry-leading security consulting company, and co-founder of Dark Cubed, a cybersecurity product company, Theresa is a proven leader and influencer who works with clients and colleagues to uncover strategic opportunities and identify new and emerging threats.

Theresa began her career in financial services, where she coupled her deep understanding of technology systems with visionary leadership, executing complex IT strategies and winning new business. Following executive roles Bank of America and Wachovia, Theresa served as the first female chief information officer at the White House, overseeing IT operations for President George W. Bush and his staff.

In 2015 Theresa was named a William J. Clinton distinguished lecturer by the Clinton School of Public Service. She is the author of several publications on IT strategy and cybersecurity and a frequent speaker on IT risk. In 2014 she co-authored, with Ted Claypoole, the book Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family, which was subsequently featured on the Daily Show with John Stewart.

Among her numerous accolades and recognitions, Theresa was named one of the top 25 Most Influential People in Security by Security Magazine and One of Infosec’s Rising Stars and Hidden Gems by Tripwire. In 2005 she was honored as Charlotte, NC’s Woman of the Year.

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3. Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist. He is the author of 13 books–including Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World–as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter “Crypto-Gram” and his blog “Schneier on Security” are read by over 250,000 people. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, has served on several government committees, and is regularly quoted in the press. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Chief Technology Officer at IBM Resilient.

#2 Mikko Hyponnen

2. Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer, F-Secure

Mikko Hypponen is the Chief Research Officer of F-Secure. He’s been with the company since 1991. Hypponen has written on his research for the New York Times, Wired and Scientific America and he appears frequently on international TV. He has lectured at the universities of Stanford, Oxford and Cambridge and he has delivered the most watched computer security talk on the internet.

Hypponen has been the subject of hundreds of interviews in global media, including a 9-page profile in Vanity Fair. Born in 1969, he was selected among the 50 most important people on the web by the PC World magazine and was included in the FP Global 100 Thinkers list. He is a member of the board of the Nordic Business Forum and a member of the advisory board of T2.

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1. Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO, Kaspersky Labs

Eugene Kaspersky is the eponymous founder of one of the world’s biggest cyber security companies. Born in Krasnodar Krais, Russia in 1965 Kaspersky first developed his passion for cyber security in 1987 when he detected the Cascade computer virus. He established Kaspersky Lab in 1997 and has written articles on computer virology and speaks regularly at security seminars and conferences. Kaspersky Lab now operates in almost 200 countries; with more than 30 regional and country offices worldwide, it is the world’s largest privately held vendor of software security products.

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