I'm just about old enough (no need to ask how old) to remember the moment when the IT security sector evolved to fully appreciate the human factors involved in both the security and threat landscape that lay ahead. Understanding that people, their faith in one and other, and their ability to work together, still plays such a vital role in the success of technology innovation is comforting, moreover it's reassuringly human.
If you are lucky enough to have never been a victim of cyber crime, or had your system at work affected by an outside (or inside) attack, then the chances are that the people in this list have had something to do with the companies and products behind what prevented that happening.
Cybersecurity, which encompasses the range of technologies and strategies to prevent data leaks and breaches, stands out as a sector that has seen demand boom for Fortune 500 companies. As Fortune previously reported, the global cybersecurity market is expected to reach $403 billion by 2027—making the compound annual growth rate 12.5% from 2020 to 2027. “Nobody is fully prepared for cyberattacks, not even the most powerful nations on earth,” explains Bessemer Venture Partners investor David Cowan. “Even the stuff that we think has been solved has to be solved again, which is why cyber risk is job security for VCs,” Cowan says.