Being better informed on security topics
A friend emailed me yesterday saying he was ‘trying to be better informed on security topics’ and asking for suggestions on blogs etc. Here’s my reply…
For security stuff first read (or at least skim) Ross Anderson’s Security Engineering (UK|US) – it’s basically the bible for infosec. Don’t be scared that it’s now seven years old – nothing has fundamentally changed.
Blogger Gunnar Peterson once said there are only two tools in security – state checking and encryption, so I find it very useful to ask myself each time a look at something which it is doing (or what blend).
Other stuff worth following:
Light Blue Touch Paper (blog for Ross Anderson’s security group at Cambridge University)
Freedom To Tinker (blog for Ed Felten’s group at Princeton University)
Chris Hoff’s Rational Survivability
An important point that emerges here is that even though there’s a constant drumbeat of security related news, there’s not that much changing at a fundamental level, which is why it’s important to ensure that ‘basic block and tackle’ is taken care of, and that you build systems that are ‘rugged software‘.
This post originally appeared on the Cohesive Networks Blog.
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