By Shahzad Subhani
As we have observed over the past few years, the Information security world is constantly evolving. This evolution is making it increasingly important to keep up with the latest information security news, threats, data breaches and vulnerabilities. Being an Information security professional, it is important to keep ourselves up to date with the latest trends and news related to cyber security. By the way, the Idea to keep oneself updated is not only limited to information security, it is applicable to all professional fields.
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While being busy in our day-to-day life and work, it is hard to spare time to read however, it is very important to spare a few minutes on regular basis to read different articles from various sources related to your professional and personal interests to know what is going on in Information Security and Cyber Security space.
Being in the cybersecurity profession, here are a few ways to keep abreast with the latest cybersecurity news and updates.
Checking Different Websites/Blogs
You should check out information security Websites for the Latest Cyber Security news or blogs at the start of your Office day. There are a large number of websites and blogs dedicated to cybersecurity and it is not humanly possible to read them all.
Here are a recommended few that I strongly recommend go through regularly.
This is a very well-defined website. This site publishes articles and news on various information security topics such as cloud security, Endpoint security, IoT and threat intelligence. This site also offers subscriptions to its newsletter.
Sophos Naked Security
The Naked Security is another very informative blog. Their writers come from a wide variety of security backgrounds. The blog is owned by Sophos but over the years, it has evolved and turned itself into a security newsroom. They are publishing daily articles on recent events in the security world, new threats that may affect organizations and their employees, and provide briefs on the most important news of the week.
The Hacker News
Hacker News is a good website to know about Cyber-attacks, data breaches, vulnerabilities and Malware. You can also subscribe to their magazine.
CSO Online provide news, analysis and research on a broad range of security and risk management topics. As the name suggests, it is mostly focused on enterprise security decision-makers and CISOs (chief information security officers) however it is equally useful for anyone interested in information security, identity and access management, data loss prevention and more. It focuses on delivering “the critical information [needed] to stay ahead of evolving threats and defend against criminal cyber-attacks.”
Threat post is an independent news website which is a leading source of information about IT and business security for hundreds of thousands of professionals. Their main categories include Cloud Security, Vulnerabilities and Malware.
Checking Different Twitter Feeds
Apart from checking websites, Twitter is also a great source of information on trending issues and innovations in cybersecurity.Listed below are some of the follow-worthy Twitter accounts.
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Subscribing and listening to Podcast channels focused on information and cyber security is a great source of the latest information on this topic. Podcasts are a good way to spend idle time while commuting to and from work.
Both iOS and Android mobile devices have podcasting applications that can be downloaded to listen to these podcasts. Some of the most popular apps are Google Podcast (Android), Podcast Addict (Android), Overcast (iOS), and iTunes (iOS). Some of the great podcasts to subscribe to and listen to are:
Attending Webinars / Webcasts
Attending webinars and Webcasts can also be another great resource to improve skills and to know the latest trends in information security. Attending webinars also has the advantage to earn CPE (Continuing Professional Education) Credits if you are trying to maintain your certifications such as CISSP, CISA, CEH or others.
As part of GISPP initiatives, we are also doing online sessions almost every other week so you can attend them as well. You can click here to see our Currently available sessions. Some of the Sites that I will recommend for CPEs are mentioned below.
Free Study/ Certification Resources
There is a number of free online education resources available today to take advantage of to develop new and improve current skill set. The most popular ones are CYBRARY and UDEMY. If you are an Urdu speaker then Urdu IT Academy can be a good resource.
I sincerely hope that you will find this article very useful. Please feel free to comment and add more websites and resources from your personal experience.