Security experts and law enforcement officers often talk about the fact that hacking is a full-time, 24-hour-a-day job for the bad guys. They have no hobbies, they don't go to movies or ball games or museum openings. All they do is dismantle code looking for new vulnerabilities, build exploits and attack your networks. That's not a very comforting thought if you're a security manager.
But the good news is that there are folks on the right side of the fence who are just as dedicated, smart and motivated as the attackers are. The last few years has seen an explosion in the number of researchers doing serious work on rootkits, hardware security, P2P malware and other advanced problems. Some of these people are well-known, but many others work mainly behind the scenes and are not in a position to seek the limelight. In an effort to remedy that situation, here is an admittedly non-comprehensive list of researchers, hackers and security professionals you should keep an eye on. (Note: This is not a Top 6 or any kind of ranking; just a look at some folks doing good work.)
Who else should be on this list? Let me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.