Last week, I wrote about the need to follow industry trends to discover new services, devices, and gadgets that might have an impact on the information security of your business environment (see article at URL below). This week, I'll tell you about some of the more specialized sites that I use to make the work of following trends much easier.
First on the list is blogs. There are so many bloggers out there talking about the latest and greatest technology that it's mind boggling. Two big advantages that some bloggers have is access to inside information and an insatiable attraction to nearly any new technology. Therefore, they're excellent sources of information that can help you identify new risks.
Finding such bloggers is a matter of time, effort, and patience. Fortunately, blogging has a noticeable parrot effect such that when one blogger writes about something, very quickly dozens, if not hundreds of other bloggers begin covering the same topic by simply referring back to the original blog or by writing about the topic themselves.
Two blog sites--Engadget.com and Gizmodo.com--often pick up on gadgets and gizmos that other bloggers have written about. The sites also produce their own stories. Consequently, the sites cover nearly all the latest devices and sometimes cover software-based tools too. So regularly visiting these sites or picking up their RSS feeds is a really good way to find out about new potential risks and to get a better perspective on overall trends.
Because blogging has become so hot, a natural evolution is blog aggregation. There are many aggregate sites that help people find content they might be interested in. One of the more popular aggregate sites right now is Technorati. You can use Technorati's topic feature to go directly to a list of stories related to technology, as seen via the URL below. Granted, there isn't an easy way to drill down into subtopics, but even so, you'll come across a lot of stories that might help you do your job better.
Another excellent site to check in on is Digg.com, which has become a hugely popular hub for all things related to technology. If you've never visited Digg, it's similar to Slashdot.org (another excellent source that I'm sure you're already familiar with). Digg users post links to content on the Internet along with short summaries. The content in the Technology section is often about the latest and greatest services and devices. Definitely put Digg on your list of reading material, and try not to lose track of time when using it. You could easily spend all day following the stories!
A site that's similar to Digg is Reddit.com. Reddit isn't as extensive as Digg, but nevertheless it's popular and widely used by both bloggers and readers around the world. Check the "gadgets" and "programming" communities to learn about plenty of new services, devices, and other potential problems.
Other sites that might seem rather obvious but are sometimes overlooked for regular reading are CNET.com and Wired.com. Both sites, particularly CNET, cover a lot of information directly related to the computer industry, so you're bound to find information that helps you learn about risks well in advance.
Those are only a few of the many available sites on the 'net that you can use to help stay ahead of intruders. By reading these sources, you'll undoubtedly find numerous other sources that you might want to check in on regularly. Fortunately, many sites offer RSS feeds that you can subscribe to, which can make the work a bit easier. Finally, at the risk of pointing out the obvious, remember to think like an intruder while surfing around for news and information.