How to Stay Up to Date on Cyber Security Trends
The world is cyber security is constantly changing, making it challenging to stay up to date on the latest trends and best practices. But with the right resources on hand, it’s much easier than you think! In this article, we’ll provide tips and tricks for staying up to speed on cyber security, without feeling overwhelmed.
Follow security professionals and influencers.
And who might these people be, you ask? Here’s a great list to start with! In the digital age, there are so many spaces to find knowledgeable influencers and thought leaders. We recommend turning to social media, as this is where content is most frequently uploaded. Consider searching hashtags like #cybersecuritynews or #cybersecuritytrends, and going to those profiles to see if they’re worth following. To make it easier, consider making lists or groups on social media of your favorite influencers. In addition to social media, try looking into curated blog and forum websites like Medium and Quora. You can search “cyber security news” in the search box to find their most recent and credible sources. The content tab in LinkedIn is also helpful for searching relevant news and finding influencers.
Attend webinars and live events.
While live events are scarce due to Covid-19, there are tons of virtual events and webinars you can attend. You can even try looking at Meetup to see if there are any local events! Webinars and virtual events are typically very affordable, and it’s a great way to network and make personal connections with others in the space. In any profession, it’s important to stay proactive in improving your skill set, and webinars and virtual events are a great way to do so.
Listen to podcasts.
The great thing about podcasts is ease of access. They’re a bit more interactive and convenient, as you can put on a car ride, plane right, getting ready for work in the morning, etc. This list of cyber security podcasts is a great place to start. To stay even more up to date, make a commitment or goal to listen to a certain amount each week, and start thinking of specific topics you want to learn about so you know what you’re searching for.
Check vulnerability and risk advisory feeds.
It’s important to remain aware of vulnerabilities in security that are being discovered by new and old technologies. Start getting into the habit of checking vulnerability alert feeds and advisory sites to make sure your personal and business data is being protected. If you start feeling overwhelmed looking at these feeds, start by simply keeping your programs updated. This means there’s less of a chance of cybercriminals exploiting the vulnerability and gaining access to your devices.
Customize real-time alerts.
Using a service like IFTTT (stands for If This Then That) allows you to set up customized alerts for cybersecurity updates. For example, the subreddit r/netsec is one of the most popular forums on the web for cyber security news. You can set up IFTTT to send you push notifications when a thread becomes popular. You’ll receive the headline in the task bar of your phone, and from there you can gauge whether the information is worth reading or not.
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