2010 Retrospective: Why I Started This Security Blog

I started this security blog in the the middle of September 2010. I’ve been a contributor to several blogs at that point, including SANS Internet Storm Center and SANS Computer Forensics, and have written my share of articles and book chapters. Yet, I wanted a venue for jotting down my thoughts even if they were not yet completely fleshed out. I wanted an opportunity to receive quick feedback from other professionals. I wanted to motivate myself and others to contribute to on-line discussions in which the security community is engaged.

I managed to stick to my self-imposed rule of posting to the blog daily. Though hard, the practice of writing regularly has encouraged me to read more and is making it easier to tackle new writing projects. To ease the workload a bit, I decided to “cheat” a bit by posting a list of my favorite security reads of the week every Saturday and an interesting quote on Sundays.

One of the challenges I face for this blog is not being able to focus it on any particular area of information security. As the result, the topics I covered included social networking risks, malicious software, social engineering, IT career development, cloud security, incident response, and others. I suppose the multi-disciplinary coverage of this security blog can be viewed as its feature.

Here’s a word cloud that represents the top 64 words I used in my blog in 2010:

What about Twitter? I remain active there. I consider Twitter a great platform to curate content across the web and to interact with people in short character bursts. Yet, Twitter to me is mostly a way to consume content. I started this blog to contribute content, sharing whatever insights I amassed while focusing on information security throughout my career so far.

An important factor that motivates me to keep up with this blog is the feedback I receive from the readers in the form of comments, Tweets, blog postings and emails. Thank you for reading my notes and for taking the time to respond!

I’m looking forward to a fruitful 2011. Happy new year!

Lenny Zeltser


About the Author

Lenny Zeltser develops products and programs that use security to achieve business results. He is the CISO at Axonius and Faculty Fellow at SANS Institute. Lenny has been leading efforts to establish resilient security practices and solve hard security problems for over two decades. A respected author and practitioner, he has been advancing tradecraft and contributing to the community. His insights build upon real-world experience, a Computer Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA degree from MIT Sloan.

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