The Top Cyber Security Blogs and Websites of 2020
If you work in the cybersecurity industry or are interested in pursuing a career in this vitally important field, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest trends and advancements.
Must-Read Cyber Security Blogs
An experienced cybersecurity expert, consultant and writer, Miessler takes a personal approach on his blog — greeting visitors with the words: “My name is Daniel Miessler… I explore the interesting and beautiful at the intersection of security, technology, and humans.” His offerings include curated newsletters, essays, podcasts and high-quality writing.
A longtime industry expert who held senior roles with Sophos and McAfee before deciding to begin “working for myself” in 2013, one could say Graham Cluley is totally clued in to the cybersecurity scene — running a blog with an open, accessible style while continuing his work as a conference speaker, media pundit, podcaster and consultant.
IT Security is a daily news digest of breaking news in the IT security industry. They offer articles, videos, webinars, analysis, case studies and even have a section devoted to the latest cybersecurity scams where they spotlight recent hacks.
Featuring the work of industry veteran Paul Asadoorian, the blog features webcasts and a number IT Security video programs that you can listen to or watch on a number of channels including iTunes, YouTube, Google Play and many more.
The Hacker News features the latest cybersecurity news and in-depth coverage of “current and future trends in Infosec and how they are shaping the cyber world.” Key areas of focus include data breaches, cyber attacks, vulnerabilities and malware. It claims 8 million monthly readers that include “leading security researchers, geeks, techies, business grads, CISOs, along with thousands of security professionals.”
Infosecurity Magazine has been delivering cutting-edge cybersecurity content to readers for the past decade, with both a print and online edition. In addition to its many articles, Infosecurity Magazine also offers regular (free) webinars, whitepapers and virtual conferences.
7. CSO Online
CSO provides news, analysis and research on a broad range of security and risk management topics. As its name suggests, it is geared toward enterprise security decision-makers and CSOs (chief security officers) as well as anyone interested in information security, identity and access management, loss prevention and more. It focuses on delivering “the critical information [needed] to stay ahead of evolving threats and defend against criminal cyber attacks.”
The State of Security offers news and opinions on the state of the industry, written by regular contributors as well as guest authors from throughout the cybersecurity industry. It is a past winner of “Best Corporate Blog” and “Most Entertaining Security Blog.” Here are its Top 10 posts from 2018.
9. Troy Hunt
A cybersecurity thought leader who travels the world speaking and training technology professionals, Troy Hunt is Microsoft Regional Director and Most Valued Professional (MVP) specializing in online security and cloud development. He also writes a blog with lengthy, comprehensive and thought-provoking posts.
The Last Watchdog is written by Byron Acohido, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, teacher and respected cybersecurity and privacy expert. His blog is video heavy and includes many interview-style posts as well as guest blog posts.
Bruce Schneier has been writing about security on his blog, Schneier on Security, since 2004. Dubbed a “security guru” by The Economist, he is a special advisor to IBM Security and the CTO at IBM Resilient, a Harvard fellow and the author of 13 books. Bruce Schneier knows security — and his blog proves it. This is definitely one to bookmark if you are interested in the security industry.
12. The Akamai Blog
Akamai, a content delivery network services company, publishes The Akamai Blog — a compilation of news and perspectives from a host of technology and security professionals. Akamai describes itself as a “forum to discuss, share and reflect on the trends that are driving today’s businesses online.”
A former Washington Post reporter, Brian Krebs authors this in-depth blog covering security news and investigation. He is author of “Spam Nation” and has been profiled in The New York Times, Business Week and Poynter.org.
14. Naked Security
Published by Sophos, the Naked Security blog has won multiple awards for best corporate blog and best IT security blog among numerous others. The blog features multiple stories a day and covers every angle of computer security.
Written by Richard Bejtlich, TaoSecurity covers “digital security, strategic thought and military history” and specializes in Chinese online criminals. Bejtlich has authored multiple books on security. He is the Principal Security Strategist at Corelight Inc. and former Chief Security Strategist at FireEye.
16. Dark Reading
If you work in cybersecurity or have any interest in the field, you have likely visited the Dark Reading website. As one of the most popular websites among cybersecurity professionals, Dark Reading offers insight across a variety of topics from analytics and application security to mobile and cloud security, IoT and more. According to Dark Reading, “This is where enterprise security staffers and decision-makers come to learn about new cyber threats, vulnerabilities and technology trends.”
17. PC World
PC World is a well-known online computer and technology magazine that offers news, reviews and how-tos, along with plenty of videos on topics that include not just PC-related issues but business and cybersecurity as well.
Wired is another wildly popular website that covers an array of topics from business and culture to design, gear, science, security and transportation. Wired is popular not just with those in the cybersecurity world, but with anyone interested in how technology is affecting culture today. One of the site’s most interesting stories of 2018 was “The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack In History.”
CIO is an online magazine geared toward those in technology and security leadership roles. Its Editorial focus includes content geared to helping C-suite executives confront the cybersecurity challenges faced by their organizations.
CNET is the go-to site for technology reviews, “how-to” tech content and the latest in tech news. They also have a shopping section on their site where they list the best deals on everything from TVs to laptops to web hosting. They also cover cybersecurity issues such as data breaches and defenses, and government efforts to establish a U.S. cyber doctrine.
21. We Live Security
WeLiveSecurity.com is an award-winning blog published by IT security firm ESET that features security news and insights from its researchers and security experts from around the world. Winner of the 2018 Best Corporate Security Blog award from InfoSecurity Magazine’s European Security Blogger Awards, it is a source trusted by journalists and industry experts for breaking cyber news. It also serves a as forum where some of ESET’s most high-profile cybersecurity discoveries have been published.
22. Signal Magazine
Signal Magazine is truly one for the cyber security professional. It is the official publication of the AFCEA, a professional association focused on serving government and military since 1946. Signal produces a print and online magazine, a blog, newsletters, webinars, eBooks and more. Content is primarily focused around cyber, defense, homeland security, intelligence and technology — basically everything and anything security related.
ThreatPost is an independent news site that covers security from every angle. In addition to digital articles (here is its cybersecurity forecast for 2019), they are constantly publishing videos and podcasts as well.
Computerworld, which was established as a print magazine in 1967 and “went digital” in 2014, is now a global publication branded in 47 countries and a go-to for anyone in the tech world. The online magazine covers cloud computing, emerging technologies cybersecurity and much more.
One final recommendation
Check out the University of San Diego’s cybersecurity blog, published by USD’s highly regarded online Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership.