This list brings together the ethical hackers influencing the security world. Their twitter and LinkedIn links are given alongside to quickly follow your favorite influencer

 

Dave Kennedy

Dave Kennedy

Co-founder and chief hacking officer,

David was the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Diebold Incorporated. He developed a global security program that tackled all aspects of information security and risk management. He started TrustedSec and Binary Defense Systems (BDS) with the vision in working with companies for information security. He is the founder of DerbyCon, a large-scale information security conference. He was also one of the founding members of the “Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES)“. PTES is the industry leading standard and guidelines around how penetration tests should be performed and methodologies which is also now adopted by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) Guidelines for Penetration Testing. He is the creator of several widely popular open-source tools including “The Social-Engineer Toolkit” (SET), PenTesters Framework (PTF), Artillery, and Fast-Track.

Michael Zalewski

Michael Zalewski

White-hat Hacker/ Former Google employee

Michał Zalewski, also known by the user name lcamtuf is a “white hat” hacker, computer security expert from Poland and a former Google Inc. employee. He has been a prolific vulnerability researcher and a frequent Bugtraq poster and has authored a number of programs for Unix-like operating systems.In 2005, Zalewski authored Silence on the Wire: A Field Guide to Passive Reconnaissance and Indirect Attacks, a computer security book published by No Starch Press and subsequently translated into a number of languages. In 2011, Zalewski authored The Tangled Web: A Guide to Securing Modern Web Applications, also published by No Starch Press.For his continued research on browser security, he was named one of the 15 most influential people in security and among the 100 most influential people in IT. Zalewski was one of the original creators of Argante, a virtual open source operating system. Among other projects, he also created p0f and American fuzzy lop.

Avram Marius Gabriel

Avram Marius Gabriel

Web App Penetration testing, Freelance security consultant

Avram Marius Gabriel, has gained the top spot on PayPal’s Wall of Fame as well as being recognised for responsibly disclosing security bugs in the websites of Facebook, Google, Evernote, eBay Inc., and Twitter. All of these discoveries have been made outside of working hours.

Nicolas Brulez

Nicolas Brulez

Reverse Engineering Instructor, RECON

In the past 8 years, Nicolas worked at Kaspersky Lab as a Principal Malware Researcher. Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, Nicolas worked as a senior virus researcher for Websense Security Labs, and as the head of software security at Digital River/Silicon Realms when he was in charge of the anti-reverse engineering techniques used in the Armadillo protection system. Over the last 17 years, Nicolas has authored numerous articles and papers on reverse engineering and presented at various security conferences such as RECON, ToorCon, SSTIC, Virus Bulletin, Hacker Halted, RuxCon, TakeDownCon, Pacsec etc.

Ashar Javed

Ashar Javed

pentester, Hyundai Autoever Europe Gmbh

Ashar Javed currently works on penetration testing, source code review, and mobile application vulnerability assessments at Hyundai AutoEver Europe GmbH (an IT service company for Hyundai & KIA Motors). He works alongside developers and external third-party application vendors in order to eliminate web vulnerabilities. He has spent three years as a security researcher for Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.Ashar delivered talks at the main security events like Black Hat Europe 2014, Hack in the Box Kuala Lumpur 2013, OWASP Spain (2014, 2015), SAP product security conference 2015, International PHP Conference 2015, ISACA Ireland 2014, RSA Europe (OWASP Seminar) 2013 and DeepSec Austria (2013, 2014 & 2015).

Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick

CEO and Chief 'White Hat' Hacker, Mitnick Security

Once one of the FBI’s Most Wanted because he hacked into 40 major corporations just for the challenge, Kevin is now a trusted security consultant to the Fortune 500 and governments worldwide. As CEO and chief “white hat” hacker at one of the most advanced boutique security firms in the world, Kevin mentors leaders, executives, and staff on both the theory and practice of social engineering, topics on which he is the leading global authority. Kevin and his Global Ghost Team now maintain a 100 percent successful track record of being able to penetrate the security of any system they are paid to hack into using a combination of technical exploits and social engineering.Kevin’s insights on current events are highly sought, leading to hundreds of media appearances. Kevin’s books include ‘Art of Intrusion: The Real Story Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders and Deceivers’ and ‘Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security’, which are mandatory readings for security professionals.