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4 ways to keep up with cyber security

1. Keep learning

There’s no denying that the world of cybersecurity is in a state of almost constant flux. Of course, this is what makes the field so exciting for most of us, and the fact that we’re always learning is a large part of the appeal.

To help further your personal development you could attain additional qualifications, sign up for newsletters and do your own independent research. Don’t forget, it’s vital to stay up to date with expert opinions of those in your field, or you could miss out on critical industry developments.

2. Follow these cybersecurity Twitter accounts

We all need a little help and guidance from time to time, and luckily, there are plenty of cybersecurity experts giving out their advice for free via social media. Here are a few of the best we think you should follow:

  • thegrugq – Grugq is an information security professional that specializes in digital forensic analysis, rootkits, and financial security, among many other talents. He’s been giving out free advice for the best part of two and a half decades, and his work has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Wired. As well as his helpful social media posts, you’ll also find dozens of blogs and links to cybersecurity resources via his website
  • gelossnake – Omri Segev Moyal is the founder and CEO of Profero Cyber Security and has more than 10 years of experience in the industry. He cut his teeth in the Israel Defense Forces Intelligence Corps before going on to apply his skills to infrastructure and network protections and penetration testing in the private sector. He regularly posts links to his helpful blogs via his social media feeds and is a great source of information on the latest industry developments
  • Perimeter 81 Twitter – Perimeter 81 was founded in 2018 and provides top-notch cloud and network security services. It focuses on developing secure remote networks and is leading the way for organizations that want to switch from legacy, on-site security solutions. On the company’s Twitter feed you’ll find articles, links to free webinars, and news on cybersecurity developments. Perimeter 81 is at the forefront of the latest innovations to hit the industry and is definitely worth a follow.

3.  Attend live events

There’s nothing quite like a live event to help keep you up to date with the world of cybersecurity. Conferences and seminars are a chance for experts to come together, pool knowledge, and share advice from their own specialisms. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of organizers have been shifting events to the virtual space, meaning there’s no excuse not to get involved! Here are two that we think are well worth attending:

  • ISF Annual World Congress – The International Security Forum has been running live events for more than 30 years now. It’s independent, not-for-profit, and one of the most established forums in the world for cybersecurity experts to gather. You’ll need to become a member to attend events, but anyone can join, from small one-person organizations right up to fortune 500 companies. Its 2020 live event, from 16th-19th November, is entirely virtual and will include seminars on security implications of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • FloCon – This conference has earned itself an excellent reputation in recent years, and is organized by the Carnegie Mellon Institute. It plans to go ahead in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in January 2021 and the program includes a live cybersecurity exercise, cyber risk events, and talks on how to improve security operations in your business

4. Listen to podcasts

Podcasts are probably the easiest way to stay up to date with your chosen niche, and it’s no surprise that we’ve seen an explosion of infosec offerings in recent years. Here’s a couple that caught our attention:

  • Unsupervised Learning – Join security expert Daniel Miessler every week as he breaks down the latest cyber news. From Google data breaches and regular reports from ENIGMA conferences to the excitement of cyber warfare, you’ll be guaranteed to find a topic to catch your interest
  • Smashing Security – Graham Cluely and Carole Theriault deliver a light-hearted take on the world of information security whilst linking every episode to practical, real-world applications

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