Top 15 Network Security Websites

March 11, 2020

Network security covers many different areas, including access control, cloud security, malware protection, VPN, mobile device security, and web security. Keeping up with all these responsibilities means that networking professionals need a quality reading list to educate themselves on an ongoing basis. Below, we’ve recommended 15 sites to help you stay informed with the latest trends and innovations in the network security space.


Established in 1989, Sans Institute specializes in information security, cybersecurity training, and certification in over 90 cities across the globe. Their website includes a large repository of materials on network security. They offer an interesting course, which gives an in-depth look at intrusion detection, and provide whitepapers on network security.

2. Center for Internet Security

CIS is a forward-thinking nonprofit with a mission to “identify, develop, validate, promote, and sustain best practice solutions for cyber defense, and build and lead communities to enable an environment of trust in cyberspace”. The resources section offers a wide range of materials including whitepapers, blogs, and webinars. A recent blog post shares some cybersecurity practices CISOs should stop following in 2020.

3. The Hacker News

Established in 2010, The Hacker News is a dedicated cybersecurity and hacking news platform that attracts over 8 million readers. It’s considered one of the most significant information security channels for topics such as data breaches, cyber attacks, vulnerabilities, and malware. It includes a rich Security Research Library and featured articles on the latest industry innovations, such as “Gartner Says the Future of Network Security Lies with SASE” and “Hands-On Review: Converged Networking and Security”.

4. Help Net Security

Help Net Security covers technical security challenges and management concerns. Contributors include an impressive roster of industry leaders, who discuss everything from GDPR compliance to new strains of malware. Make sure to check out the whitepaper archives for more in-depth content.

5. The Register

The Register is a widely read British technology news and opinion website with a prominent section on security. Known for its opinionated and sometimes controversial opinion pieces, The Register offers networking professionals a valuable collection of interesting content written by industry peers.

6. Hackaday

Not a network security blog per se, Hackaday nonetheless deserves a special mention. This cheeky website is all about the community built around the idea of hacking, which is defined as “an art form that uses something in a way in which it was not originally intended”. The website gathers hacking stories that are primarily intended for entertainment.

7. Dark Reading

Dark Reading is one of the most respected online magazines for security professionals, offering both news and in-depth opinion pieces on the latest developments within the industry. It has some excellent articles, offering the latest information in cybersecurity management to keep you in-the-know. A great example is this article presenting a 5-step methodology for spotting malicious bot activity.

8. Infosecurity Magazine

Infosecurity Magazine is the go-to resource for the latest news on all subjects related to enterprise cybersecurity. It also has a section focused on network security, which includes discussions on issues such as access rights, intrusion detection, and wireless security. One interesting article worth reading looks at the use of secure authentication.

9. Computer World/Network Security

Computer World is a tech magazine that covers networking industry news. It also has a dedicated area for network security that is worth bookmarking. Accessible tutorials such as “An introduction to 6 types of VPN software” offer useful guidance for those looking for hands-on advice.

10. SC Magazine

SC Magazine writes about security issues, offering in depth guides, product reviews, white papers, and security related breaking news. The magazine also runs annual awards for organizations that apply innovative solutions to security issues. Check out the resource library for featured assets and reports.

11. Security Magazine

Security Magazine looks at network security issues from the point of view of C-level management. The column Security Talk offers insights into the issues C-level executives face today. A recent publication discusses the importance of a converged organizational structure, where networking and security work as one team to support the digital business goals.

12. Data Breach Today

Data Breach Today offers a wealth of information on security, from training and compliance guides to industry events and latest news. There’s an extensive section on network and perimeter security issues, including webinars and whitepapers. One interesting webinar looks at how enterprises are investing in bug bounty competitions to find network vulnerabilities.

13. Infosec Institute Resources

The Infosec Institute is a security training and awareness organization that built a massive digital library of freely available cybersecurity literature. Some of their helpful resources include “Managing Wireless Network Security“ and “Network Security Policy.”

14. Threatpost

Threatpost is an independent leading news site for IT and business security, covering topics like vulnerabilities, malware and cloud security. Threatposts’s award-winning editorial team provides a rich selection of content, including podcasts, featured articles, videos, and slide shows, alongside expert commentary on breaking industry news.

15. Cato Networks Blog

Cato Networks delivers the world’s first SASE platform, converging SD-WAN and network security into a global cloud-native service. The Cato blog offers regular commentary and insights on networking and security. Posts such as “The Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) as Described in Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Enterprise Networking” and “Network & Firewall Security for the Modern Enterprise” discuss the challenges and solutions for securing enterprises in the digital era .

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Dave Greenfield

Dave Greenfield

Dave Greenfield is a veteran of IT industry. He’s spent more than 20 years as an award-winning journalist and independent technology consultant. Today, he serves as a secure networking evangelist for Cato Networks.