Top 15 Network Security Websites

Dave Greenfield
November 16, 2020

Network security covers many different areas, including access control, cloud security, malware protection, BYOD security, remote workforce, and web security. The modern digital business of any size, industry, or location needs to keep up with all these responsibilities to maintain a strong security posture. So we gathered a list of 15 websites (listed alphabetically) to help you stay informed with the latest trends and innovations in the network security arena.

1. CIS

CIS is a forward-thinking nonprofit with a mission “to make the connected world a safer place by developing, validating, and promoting timely best practice solutions that help people, businesses, and governments protect themselves against pervasive cyber threats.” The resources section offers a wide range of materials including whitepapers, blogs, and webinars. A recent blog post provides cyber defense tips for staying secure both in the office and at home.

2. 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 explaining what SASE is, why it’s here, and how to use it.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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 cultivating a sustainable workforce during COVID-19 to tech trends and risks shaping organizations’ data protection strategy. Make sure to check out the whitepaper archives for more in-depth content.

6. IDG

IDG is a worldwide leading tech media company with a community of the most influential technology and security executives. Some of IDG’s premium brands include CIO®, Computerworld®, CSO®, and Network World®. A great visual summary of IT response, six months into the pandemic, is available here.

7. Infosec

Infosec has been fighting cybercrime since 2004, offering the most advanced and comprehensive education and training platforms. Infosec is recognized as a security awareness and training leader by both Gartner and Forrester. Some of their helpful resources include topics like General Security, Wireless Security, and Threat Hunting.

8. Infosecurity Magazine

Infosecurity Magazine is the go-to resource for the latest news on all subjects related to information security. It has over ten years of experience providing knowledge and insights, focusing on hot topics and trends, in-depth news analysis, and opinion columns from industry experts. Check out the Network Security section, which includes topics such as access rights management, endpoint security, firewalls, intrusion prevention/detection, and more.

9. Sans Institute 

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 provides whitepapers on network security.

10. SC Media

SC Media has been sharing industry expert guidance and insight, in-depth features and timely news, and independent product reviews for 30 years. 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 cybersecurity threats that require security leaders to ensure constant control enforcement across newly expanded footprints.

12. TechRepublic

TechRepublic is a great source for breaking IT news, best practices, advice, and how-tos delivered by a global team of tech journalists, industry analysts, and real-world IT professionals. A recent article reviews the five, must-know, emerging tech terms</a> from Gartner’s 25th Hype Cycle report.

13. 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 Librarya> and featured articles on industry innovations, such as “Gartner Says the Future of Network Security Lies with SASE” and product reviews on secure remote access (ZTNA/SDP), managed threat detection and response (MDR), and lots more.

14. The Register

The Register is a leading, reliable global online enterprise technology news publication, reaching ~40 million readers worldwide. Known for its opinionated and sometimes controversial opinion pieces, The Register offers networking professionals a valuable collection of interesting content written by industry peers. The website includes a prominent section on security.

15. 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.

Can you think of any other resource that should be on this list? Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, or  Twitter , and let us know!

*This blog was updated and republished in November 2020

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.