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5 Must-Read Security Newsletters

Since security is a topic that requires constant vigilance, newsletters are a good way to stay current. Here's a list recently compiled by Campus Technology' sister publication Redmond that lists five good security newsletter resources. Consider subscribing to one or more; all are free.
Crypto-Gram is a free monthly newsletter from Bruce Schneier, the field's foremost expert in cryptography. Schneier comments on a host of security topics, covering a broad range of issues. He's never at a loss for a strong opinion on any security-related topic.

2. SANS Critical Vulnerability Analysis Report
The SANS Critical Vulnerability Analysis Report is a weekly bulletin of top vulnerabilities. SANS, a security training company, lists the risk levels with each vulnerability, potential damage of each and links to learn more about them.

3. TechNet Flash
TechNet Flash is Microsoft's bi-weekly newsletter covering all things TechNet. Of course, one of its main purposes is to alert you of the newest security vulnerabilities, patches, hotfixes and procedures for securing your network.

4. Security Watch
Security Watch, published by the same folks who produce Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine, provides lots of original content (something often difficult to find in newsletters). Included in each issue is a commentary by Windows security expert Roberta Bragg and a roundup of top security stories by editor Scott Bekker. If you have security responsibilities on a Windows network, this newsletter is a must-read.

5. Asian School of Cyber Laws
The first reaction to the "Asian School of Cyber Laws" is usually, "What the heck is that?" It's a public organization based in India that, among other activities, publishes a bi-weekly security newsletter that's mostly news, but also has sprinklings of opinion scattered throughout. Solid coverage of security news throughout the world, not just the United States.

- Keith Ward
Senior Editor, Redmond Magazine

Note: Only free newsletters were considered for this list. Most of us have enough things to pay for without shelling out for electronic newsletters.

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