Like many people now using Twitter, I initially wasn't thrilled or enthused about using the service. My first impressions of Twitter weren't very positive, especially after seeing dozens of tweeters talking about what they ate for lunch or what their dog just did on their kitchen floor. After holding my nose and taking the plunge, I gradually began to see that Twitter wasn't all about navel gazing and mindless pontificating.
For me, the beauty of Twitter is that it captures the essence of what people are talking about right now. Twitter is essentially a search engine for conversations people are having in real-time, all over the world, 24/7. That's why Twitter can be valuable for the security professional, especially one tasked with keeping tabs on what is happening on a minute-by-minute basis in the IT security landscape.
That's why I'm kicking off a new #Security Tweet of the Week feature for the Security UPDATE newsletter. Here's how it works: If you have an especially useful security tip, a juicy morsel of security news, or even some witty, punchy observations about IT security, just tweet them to my attention (@jeffjames3) and I'll keep tabs on the best tweets I see all week. I'll pick one tweet weekly for publication here in Security UPDATE, and the author of the best tweet of the month will win a $20 Amazon.com gift card. So get tweeting!