Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Blogroll: Top security news sources

To the right (that's your right - my left) you'll see a new field - "Security RSS/Blog Roll". This is a list of security news sources I read (mostly via RSS).

Over the years I've looked for a good blogroll on security subjects that interest me. There is no lack of sources that cover standard IT security subjects like network penetration and malware. But there are much fewer sources on designing secure systems and securing devices. Since I haven't managed to find such a blogroll anywhere I've decided to create my own.

Following is a short description of these sources - the best I'm aware of.

Schneier on Security
The granddaddy of security blogs and probably still the best.
Type: The most important security news with insightful commentary; no breaking news
Topics: All aspects of security, including cryptography, national security, physical security, security politics
Plus: Bruce Schneier
Minus: Friday Squid Blogging - WTF?

Edited to add (October 25th)
A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering
A new blog by John Hopkins cryptographer Matthew Green
Type/Topics: Clear explanations of why crypto systems fail
Plus: Very well written
Minus: Too similar to my blog (but with an emphasis on cryptography)

The H Security
An online security magazine from German magazine publisher Heinz Hesse
Type: Important security news, basic commentary
Topics: Digital security
Plus: Well written
Minus: Not very insightful

Mocana DeviceLine Blog
A relatively new security blog from the Mocana company.
Type: Important security news with commentary; little breaking news
Topics: Digital security with an emphasis on device security
Plus: Focus on device security
Minus: Company blog. You got to wonder if they aren't trying to sell something ...

Ars Technica: Security
Posts with the "Security" tag word from the Ars Technica blog
Type: General technical blog that also covers security
Topics: Everything technological
Plus: Very well written
Minus: Not enough on security

Slashdot: Security
Slashdot submissions with the "security" tag word
Type: Crowd sourced security news from around the internet + commentary
Topics: Everything with an emphasis on IT (and Australia)
Plus: Everyone follows Slashdot
Minus: Everyone follows Slashdot

Hack in the Box
Security news aggregator from the Hack in the Box conference
Type: Breaking news aggregator including smaller sources
Topics: Digital security
Plus: Covers what others do and more
Minus: Some web filters block it as a "hacking" site?

CSO Online News
CSO magazine news aggregator
Type: News aggregator from mainstream news sources
Topics: All aspects of security, targeted towards CSOs
Plus: Collects many of the best articles on the web
Minus: Only covers issues covered by the mainstream media

The Register: Security
Security section of the very British tech news site 
Type: Breaking news with tabloidish commentary
Topics: Digital security, security politics
Plus: Very quick
Minus: Sensationalist (especially the headlines)

There are a few blogs written by security professionals about their personal work. The following blogs have some great original material, but don't cover general news and aren't regularly updated.

I'd be happy to hear about additional sources I've missed. Feel free to use the comments for suggestions - I'll add the best to the blogroll.

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