Jenny Morris
13 October 2020 by Jenny Morris

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to refresh your list of favourite resources. From research papers and investigative journalism to a podcast about the history of cybercrime, there’s a fantastic variety to choose from. Here are some of the top picks.

SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a security training and certification organisation. They now train over thirty thousand people every year. They are a well-established and trusted institution who make a vast amount of their cybersecurity resources available for free. Of particular interest is the ‘Information Security Reading Room’ which contains 3060 original research papers across 111 security categories. They also operate the ‘Internet Storm Center’ which acts as the internet’s early warning system. On top of these unique offerings, they provide an incredible range of webcasts, tips, forums, blogs and industry news. Join their online community and sign up to their newsletter so you don’t miss out.

Malicious Life

An alternative Podcast, Malicious Life ‘tells the unknown stories of the history of cybersecurity.’ They interview real-life hackers, cybersecurity experts, journalists and politicians. Episodes have detailed everything from the Bulgarian hacker scene of the 90’s to an international FBI manhunt that resulted in the capture of an entire criminal network. Malicious Life tells fascinating historical stories in an engaging way — perfect if you need a bit of inspiration before getting behind your desk!


As a world leader in cybersecurity solutions, Secureworks have plenty of expertise to offer. They have a fantastic blog discussing the latest developments in cybersecurity and regularly run live webcasts. Recent webcasts have included ‘TDR, XDR, and the Future of Security’ and ‘The Hacker Mindset in Incident Response.’ Their website also features an easy to use filter system where you can browse white papers, case studies, solution briefs, podcasts, online demos and more.


Cybrary offers a fantastic range of online courses. Whether you want to learn a specific skill, such as the 7-minute overview of ‘How to use TOR’ or want to enrol in a 100+ hour course to ‘Become a SOC Analyst’, they have something for everyone. You can also test your skills with practical assessments and gain certifications for your efforts. Many of the courses are also free, so there’s no reason not to check them out.

Krebs on Security

If you haven’t heard of Brian Krebs, author of Spam Nation and former reporter for the Washington Post, then you definitely need to add his website to your list. Krebs took an unusual route into cybersecurity after his home network was taken over by famous Chinese hacking group, The Lion Worm. After that, he dedicated himself to the industry.

The Krebs on Security blog publishes in-depth articles about industry news, cybercrime and high profile data breaches. Some particularly fascinating recent articles include a $17 million cryptocurrency phishing spree and the potential government consequences for businesses who negotiate with ransomware hackers.

Cyber Security Sauna

Cyber Security Sauna is a great podcast where they ‘sweat out the hot topics in security.’ Each episode is around thirty minutes long and usually invites one or more expert guests. If you’re hoping to move into the cybersecurity industry, then ‘Paths to Infosec: Military vs. Psychology’ is the perfect episode to start on. Or, if you want to know how COVID-19 has changed the industry this year then try, ‘2020 in Cyber Threats, So Far: COVID-19's Effects, Ransomware's Latest Tricks.’

Zero Day

Zero Day is a blog covering cybersecurity, current threats and attacks. What’s unique about them is that they provide 24/7 coverage. It’s perfect for making sure you’re the first to know about industry news. They also provide a daily email update — sign up to their newsletter to receive this.