Who Is The Most Respected Person In The Security Industry?

"This Is The Most Important Person in the Security Industry" post the other day got me thinking. Who is the most respected or important person in the security industry? I looked down the IFSEC list of Top 40 and wondered how some/majority of these people were nominated. Is it like MVP voting in MLB? Is it Coworker submissions?

How would we judge? What would the criteria be?

The Most Important Person in the Security Industry, to me, is the Bad Guy. But the Bad Guy is really not one person.

Should it be broke up into various classes like;

  • Manufacturer
  • Distribution
  • Integrators
  • Alarm Dealers
  • And etc.

Or should the most important person be an Engineer that made something possible? Or should it be an Engineer and a person with ADD (Wozniak & Jobs)?

Should it be for an Industry Blogger like John? Or for a promoter of Analog HD like Todd Rockoff? How about the Engineers at Dahua who figured out HD-CVI?

How would we figure out next year's most important/respected person? Could the previous year's winner still take the top spot? Or would we water it down by not allowing that so we have to get even more creative year after year?

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