Self-study security (Part 3)

close keyboardYou should now have a greater understanding of security and the various fields, what you would like to pursue and learn further, what your interested in or not. You have probably got some contacts and a list of resources that are relevent to you.

It’s really just a case of staying current, keeping up with current trends and techniques. As I’m sure your aware IT is evolving rapidly, this is true also for the security field, and if you want to stay on top, if you are interested and have a passion then you will quickly realize the need to stay up to date.

So here are some tips and links on how to do that.

Firstly these are the ones I subscribe to. Most podcasts will have a RSS (XML) feed that you can link to in your media player of choice which will automatically download them as they are released (with mediamonkey you can make it so when you plug in your MP3 player it will automatically add the podcasts to that aswell)

linux outlawsnetwork security blognetwork security podcastoff the hooksecurity now

A few resources with lists of more security podcasts are:

List of 15Loads of podcastsDissecting the hack – Securestate list

Along with these there are also a lot of really good video casts and presentations if you prefer to sit down and watch something, the ones I know of and watch are:

Hak5Defcon – Hope – Irongeekpauldotcom

RSS feeds:
Obviously news is the most common way of getting news and updates, trends etc. this is also true for security, I would recommend getting a RSS aggregator (I use Greader) this will keep all your news sources in one place and all synced together and up to date. so firstly the news sources/blogs I currently read:

computer security blogdarknet – exploit DB – hack a day inj3ctor packetstormunremotewired zer0byt3

lists, more links and news sources you might be interested in:

rootsecure list – gideonrasmussenseclists

Social networking is great for security, after most presentations (defcon, hope etc.) the speakers will put their twitter name. You can use it just to see what people are up to and working on, or use it for collaboration and idea sharing. Some lists again for you:

wefollow – listorious – topsy – nisi

Local groups:
Here I’m talking about real-life groups and meetings, not forums and online communities (of which there are plenty) it seems like these types of groups are few and far between and become more common in populated areas. If you are interested in joining such a group you might be able to find one in one of these links:

2600defconhacker spacesmeetups

I hope you have found some new sources for keeping up to date, and maybe this has inspired you to do so. I think this article not only applies to people self-studying, but to everyone in the info sec world. If you have the passion for computer security I’m sure you will be doing this naturally without the need for this article anyway, but maybe got some new links or ideas.
As always, likes, comments & shares are always welcome.
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