More thoughts on blogging
Thanks for the kind introduction Adam. This has been an interesting summer as I reach out to various security bloggers. I hope my “Meet The Bloggers” podcast series will help people to get to know the various “personalities” out there. We are an interesting bunch.
The one question I have for everyone, bloggers and blog readers alike, is what is the impact of blogging on the security space? Obviously bloggers are doing a better job in general than journalists in exposing what is happening in the security space. But it is still disjoint. You have to tune into at least four or five and maybe ten blogs on security just to stay in touch. In the mean time you have to check in on reddit, digg, techmeme, a couple of times a day and subscribe to a bunch of feeds from Haval Daar. Are bloggers adding to or helping reduce the chaos? I hope it is the latter.
As I see it security bloggers are accomplishing three things. First they are disseminating information. By sifting through all of those feeds and posting on the “important” stuff they help filter out the good bits from the bad for the security professional. Second, they take a stand. They are advocates for good security and typically defenders of digital rights. They do not let topics die. I for one will be blogging about the Sumitomo Bank Heist and asking my questions until I get answers. And finally, they sway decision making. Through the forum created between bloggers and their commenters, actionable advise is derived that I believe helps individuals and corporate IT departments ultimately improve their security posture.
Comments? Concerns? Are there three things that security bloggers don’t do but they should?