netSEC News


netSEC News

I was recently asked by a colleague of mine who just graduated university and started their first full time Security Analyst gig where I get my netSEC News.

Instead of blasting away in Slack with an intermittent stream of links and commentary I thought it would be more beneficial to create a simple and concise blog post containing my current Top 5 sources.

I’m also interested in where other security professionals get their news from. I’m sure there is a better way to do this so maybe this post will aid in opening up some discussions in the community.

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1. Reddit

Reddit is usually a huge time-waster and thus I usually try to avoid it. However, the r/netsec community is full of valuable information and knowledge. There are also various related subreddits which are useful as well. Link

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2. Slack Workspaces

I find participation in Slack communities with fellow infosec professionals to be extremely valuable for a number of reasons. The curation of relevant news and updates is among them. People post content from sources you may not have seen or heard about. There’s always someone smarter and more informed, why not stay plugged into them and their thoughts. Slack communities are the perfect way to do just that.

There are a number of open Slack communities you can participate in by simply signing up with an e-mail address. I’ve listed a few below.

3. SANS ISC Daily Podcast

The SANS Internet Storm Center’s Daily Podcast is hosted by Johannes B. Ullrich, PhD.

The daily podcast is a great way to start your day and get up to speed on the latest breaking news involving critical vulnerabilities and general cybersecurity news. Each episode averages around 5 minutes so it’s concise, informationally dense and to the point.

I made a habit of listening to it each morning on my daily commute and it has served me well. Link

4. Twitter

Twitter is not my favorite, but I’ve lately gotten into the habit of checking it once every other day or so to see what the high-profile / cutting-edge security practicioners that I follow are up to.

Twitter’s recommendation engine is pretty solid and once I started following a handful of netSEC personalities solid recommendations for people I hadn’t heard of before started to pop up.

Good in moderate doses, easy to get lost in link inception and or distraction.

Some of my favorite to follow are:

5. Hacker News

Hacker News, the great king of distracted technology professionals everywhere. The Hacker News material design app for Android widget serves me just the right amount of Hacker News.

Although not security specific there are always interesting technical articles. Hacker News also helps me stay abreast of the latest trends in programming and application / software development.

Runner’s Up

Mainstream Media / Major Publications

The major news publications often cover cybersecurity from a National Security perspective as opposed to a deeply technical or a “What’s the latest hype in Enterprise Security” mumbo-jumbo sort of slant (looking at you Dark Reading).

Some pubs to chew on:

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