Updated: Jan 17
Who are the voices that lead the cyber conversation? Some are CISOs and seasoned cyber warriors, innovative engineers, and practitioners, while others are journalists with an ear for bringing the most impactful cyber stories to the mainstream. Often due to a range of factors such as an influencer's unique background or career path, they have increasingly become the mouthpiece for the masses.
In cybersecurity, the community has turned to these trusted voices to guide their research, influence buy patterns, and direct their social media interactions. Understanding the value in finding influencers who not only currently lead the cyber dialogue, but appreciate budding cyber trends, technology, and pressure points has become critical for marketers and cybersecurity professionals alike.
That's why Cyfluencer has created its top 5 cyber influencers to watch in 2023.
1. Alexandre Blanc
Job Title: vCISO
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandre-blanc-cyber-security-88569022/
Alexandre Blanc is an expert in the full scope of cybersecurity, from local infrastructure to the evolution of cyber threats, and frequently offers his expertise to help companies assess and protect themselves against risks. Mr Blanc’s practical experience in protecting sensitive infrastructures and analyzing daily threat trends gives him an overview and grasp of all the information-sharing risk analysis aspects to be evaluated at all levels. He brings added value to an organization’s technical and strategic aspects.
Alexandre Blanc has been recognized by the European Risk Policy Institute as one of the twenty outstanding contributors to global knowledge sharing for 2019 and 2020. An active participant in the cybersecurity community, he readily shares ideas and advice and initiates meaningful discussions and exchanges with his peers and other organizations in the field of cybersecurity and information field.
2. Naomi Buckwalter
Job Title: Director of Information Security
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/naomi-buckwalter/
Naomi Buckwalter, CISSP CISM is the Director of Information Security & IT at Beam Technologies. She has over 20 years of experience in IT and Security and has held roles in Software Engineering, Security Architecture, Security Engineering, and Security Leadership. As a cybersecurity career adviser and mentor for people around the world, her passion is helping people, particularly women, get into cybersecurity. Naomi volunteers with Philly Tech Sistas, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit helping women of color prepare for a career in IT and tech. Naomi has two Masters's degrees from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
3. Matthew Rosenquist
Job Title: CISO
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewrosenquist/
Matthew Rosenquist is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Eclipz, the former Cybersecurity Strategist for Intel Corp, and has over 30 diverse years in the fields of cyber, physical, and information security. Mr. Rosenquist specializes in security strategy, measuring value, developing best practices for cost-effective capabilities, and establishing organizations that deliver optimal levels of cybersecurity, privacy, ethics, and safety.
As a cybersecurity strategist, Matthew identifies emerging risks and opportunities to help organizations balance threats, costs, and usability factors to achieve an optimal level of security. Mr. Rosenquist is very active in the industry. Rosenquist is an experienced keynote speaker, collaborates with industry partners to tackle pressing problems, and has published acclaimed articles, white papers, blogs, and videos on a wide range of cybersecurity topics.
Mr. Rosenquist is a member of multiple advisory boards and consults on best practices and emerging risks to academic, business, and government audiences across the globe.
4. Dr. Chase Cunningham
Job Title: CSO
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-chase-cunningham/
Creator of the Zero Trust eXtended framework and a cybersecurity expert with decades of operational experience in NSA, US Navy, FBI Cyber, and other government mission groups, Chase is responsible for Ericom’s overall strategy and technology alignment. Chase was previously VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research; Director of Threat Intelligence for Armor; Director of Cyber Analytics for Decisive Analytics; and Chief Cryptologic Technician at, US Navy. He’s the author of the Cynja series and Cyber Warfare: Truth, Tactics, and Strategies.
5. Dr. Mansur Hasib
Job Title: Professor and Speaker
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mansurhasib/
Dr. Mansur Hasib has established a global personal brand as a digital strategist, business marketing executive, author, and public speaker with more than 30 years of experience in Healthcare, Biotechnology, Education, and Energy. He discovered the power of his own personal brand when he won the global 2017 People’s Choice Award in Cybersecurity competing against 19 companies and 3 individuals. He repeated this feat in 2020.
Between 2016 and 2019, Mansur’s personal brand-driven marketing strategy at a major public university tripled the size of the academic program from 1,500 students to 4,800 students globally and went from $30 million annual revenue to $117 million annual revenue.
Who do you think the leading voices will be in 2024? Let us know in the comments below.