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Eugene Spafford

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Executive director
COMPANYCenter for Education & Research in Information Assurance & Security, Purdue University
 
 

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When it comes to information security, Spafford’s opinion is much coveted. He’s a widely sought out authority figure on matters as diverse as privacy and de-perimeterization. This year, for example, Congress solicited his testimony regarding the Veterans’ Affairs data breach debacle. His two cents: The data breach shows that the VA faces a matter of policy, not technology.
 
 
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John Thompson

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Chairman, CEO
COMPANYSymantec
  
  
 

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Thompson has begun gazing into his crystal ball, and for the first time sees an uncertain future for Symantec’s core product lines. Antimalware features increasingly are embedded into every area of the network from operating system to intelligent switches and network-access control schemes. Not to worry — as one of the most powerful figures in enterprise security, Thompson is in a strong position to manifest a new future. He wants to protect the data itself which, he says, goes well beyond securing the computers upon which the data resides. His Security 2.0 initiative integrates products and services to provide what he claims to be transaction-level protection. Meanwhile, he is leading the company further beyond security and storage. His 2006 acquisitions have gained Symantec agent-less compliance, instant messaging and change configuration management technologies.
 
 
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Bill Yerazunis

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Senior research scientist
COMPANYMitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories

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Yerazunis stands out among e-mail security researchers as developer of the popular CRM114 Discriminator open source antispam system, which is well known for its high accuracy rates. He’s also gained prominence in his role as organizer of the annual Spam Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This highly technical and influential spam gathering attracts top vendors, researchers and professors in the field. Always at the forefront of e-mail security research and development, Yerazunis is known for being vendor neutral and looking at the industry with a critical eye.
 
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