If you were to mention the words Naked Security to someone who wasn’t in the know then you may rightfully expect to get some strange looks. If, on the other hand, you were to mention God then I’m sure all your friends would instantly know who you were talking about:
Naked Security is of course home to the legendary Graham Cluley. Legendary because… well, read his bio.
The second web site I am looking at in my new series of security resources is quite different to Malware City which I looked at last week. Naked Security is a blog from Sophos, a security firm which caters more to corporate security than personal products.
Whilst the blog is obviously part of a larger site that, I presume, has making money through sales of it’s security solutions as a business goal, the links to such products are notable by their absence for the most part.
Other than a link at the top of each page you will see very little, if any, pointers to Sophos’ business activities anywhere else on the blog. And thats great. And refreshing too.
What Naked Security concentrates on instead is giving you the latest security news as it happens. Judging by the articles in my feed reader I would say that there are an average of around five new posts per day and most of those articles are either breaking news or pretty close to it.
Naked Security covers pretty well every area of internet security as you can see from their category listing of over 8,500 posts:
Even though Naked Security is a Sophos web entity it comes across as a standalone blog and there is no forum attached to it as such. (Sophos do have a forum – community.sophos.com – but thats a bit more techie and, well, boring, in my view). But that doesn’t mean to say that Naked Security doesn’t have a community feel to it. If you check out any of their articles after they’ve been up for a couple of hours you will see reader comments as well as a whole lot of social network sharing going on. At the time of writing there is an article about iOS 5 that has garnered over 1,000 Facebook likes and over 100 tweets in just a few hours:
Of course Naked Security isn’t just about informative text, there are videos too. Paul Ducklin does a semi-regular spot called “60 second news” which is a personal favourite of mine. In this roundup you get, unsurprisingly, a one minute recap of the latest security news brought to you in a soothing Aussie accent. You can find Paul’s videos at Naked Security as well as on the Sophos YouTube channel.
If you have an interest in keeping up with the latest security news, and you should, then I wholeheartedly recommend Naked Security as one of the best such resources available on the web today.