Are Blogs the Future

By Larry Seltzer  |  Posted 2007-09-24 Print this article Print

of Security Lists?"> Youd think blogs would have taken over security news and there are a large number of important security blogs out there. But theres nothing that publishes with the frequency of F-D or Funsec. Since blogs are usually the product of an individual they usually have a narrower focus. Here are some of my favorite security blogs: Personally I think that mailing lists like BugTraq should move to a blog format so that I can use RSS to get better control over them. It also adds a better authentication system to posting. This would be anathema to those who run, and believe in, Full-Disclosure. You can also use digest mode to try and manage the trash. I dont think digests are useful; its too hard to figure out whats worth reading.
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One last plea: If youre reading security lists, even moderated ones, dont make the mistake of being credulous. People make mistakes and make things up all the time. Respectable news sources report unverified claims on these lists every now and then and they turn out to be untrue, or maybe not as true as they were claimed to be. Be skeptical until you see verification. Most of you are better off staying away from all of this. Its our job to read it so that you dont have to. Unless its really your job to stay totally on top of security issues, youre better off reading a novel or the sports page. Security Center Editor Larry Seltzer has worked in and written about the computer industry since 1983. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers blog Cheap Hack More from Larry Seltzer

Larry Seltzer has been writing software for and English about computers ever since—,much to his own amazement—,he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

He was one of the authors of NPL and NPL-R, fourth-generation languages for microcomputers by the now-defunct DeskTop Software Corporation. (Larry is sad to find absolutely no hits on any of these +products on Google.) His work at Desktop Software included programming the UCSD p-System, a virtual machine-based operating system with portable binaries that pre-dated Java by more than 10 years.

For several years, he wrote corporate software for Mathematica Policy Research (they're still in business!) and Chase Econometrics (not so lucky) before being forcibly thrown into the consulting market. He bummed around the Philadelphia consulting and contract-programming scenes for a year or two before taking a job at NSTL (National Software Testing Labs) developing product tests and managing contract testing for the computer industry, governments and publication.

In 1991 Larry moved to Massachusetts to become Technical Director of PC Week Labs (now eWeek Labs). He moved within Ziff Davis to New York in 1994 to run testing at Windows Sources. In 1995, he became Technical Director for Internet product testing at PC Magazine and stayed there till 1998.

Since then, he has been writing for numerous other publications, including Fortune Small Business, Windows 2000 Magazine (now Windows and .NET Magazine), ZDNet and Sam Whitmore's Media Survey.

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