Microsoft reveals top cybersecurity researchers and contributors

Microsoft made an announcement at the Black Hat security conference and named the top cybersecurity researchers and contributors.

As everybody knows, naming these is a Black Hat tradition. Being placed on the list is a significant career achievement. So, without any further ado… who is deserving to bear the title of this year’s top security researcher?

According to Microsoft, the honour goes to Yuki Chen of Qihoo 360’s Vulcan team. Qixun Zhao placed second. All in all, eight cybersecurity researchers from Qihoo 360’s Vulcan team found a spot in the rankings.

Microsoft also revealed the best industry partners. In other words, these are other cybersecurity companies that made an effort to contribute to threat intelligence and submitted bug reports, the end result of which was to improve the security of Microsoft products.

When Microsoft announced the top contributors last week, company officials shared with us that the Active Protections Program is of instrumental importance when it comes to preventing broad attacks and resolving cybersecurity vulnerabilities in their products and services in a timely manner.

The honour for top enterprise vulnerability contributor goes to the following:

1. Qihoo 360

2. Tencent

3. Palo Alto Networks

Honourable mention: Kaspersky, Fortinet, McAfee, Baidu, Symantec and Sophos

The ones who contributed to threat intelligence and indicators the most are:

1. Trustwave

2. Baidu

3. Beijing Rising

Honourable mention: Tesorion, Network Box, Fortinet and Sophos

Finally, the top zero-day vulnerability contributors are:

1. Palo Alto Networks

2. McAfee

3. Fortinet

Honourable mention: Kaspersky and ESET