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Top 25 Cybersecurity Newsletters for 2022

by Josh Howarth
April 4, 2022

With unrelenting hackers and a never-ending stream of technology updates, staying on top of the cybersecurity industry can be maddening.

However, thanks to a handful of authors and curators, condensing your content consumption into a handful of newsletters can provide a great ROI on your time investment.

So, to help you do just that, we’ve organized a list of the top 25 cybersecurity newsletters. Enjoy!

1. Unsupervised Learning Community

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Year Started: 2019

Number of Subscribers: 50,000+

Send Schedule: Weekly

What It Is: While author Daniel Meissler has 20 years of experience in the IT Security industry, it’s his obsession with reality modeling, evolutionary biology, and a host of other heady topics that sets his writing apart from the more traditional cybersecurity “news.”

2. CSO Online

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Year Started: 2002

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Daily & Weekly

What It Is: Produced by industry publishing heavy-weight IDG, CSO Online provides “news, analysis and research on security and risk management.” Further, their signup page offers a daily option, a twice/week summary, and access to a variety of relevant IDG newsletters as well.

3. Cyber Magazine

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Year Started: Unavailable

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Weekly

What It Is: While many newsletters contain summaries, pontificating, and analysis of the industry, Cyber Magazine leans heavily towards the “breaking news” side of things. Further, their content is extremely well organized, with mini “magazines” covering more than a dozen industry sub-niches.

4. The Hacker News

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Year Started: 2010

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Daily

What It Is: With a large social media following and a name that’s easy to remember, Hacker News has established itself as a leading publisher in the industry. And with content that’s written in plain English, HN is a great resource for those of us who are not veteran programmers/developers.

5. We Live Security

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Year Started: 2012

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Weekly

What It Is: Published by ESET - a leading provider of antivirus, malware, and consumer security software - We Live Security shares “award-winning news, views and insights” from ESET’s deep pool of industry professionals.

6. Graham Cluley

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Year Started: 2001

Number of Subscribers: 75,000+

Send Schedule: Weekly

What It Is: Not only was Graham involved in the first-ever antivirus software made for Windows (in the mid-1990s), he has experience working for Sophos and McAfee, and was inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame. Needless to say, Graham knows a thing or two when it comes to cybersecurity.

7. Dark Reading

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Year Started: Unavailable

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Daily and Weekly

What It Is: Upon first glance you might assume Dark Reading covers the ugly underbelly of cybersecurity on the Dark Web. In reality, however, they’re but one of many cybersecurity-focused newsletters published by industry giant Informa Tech (the team behind IT Pro Today, BlackHat.com, etc.).

8. Security Week’s Daily Briefing

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Year Started: 2002

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Daily

What It Is: Owned by the media company behind the highly successful Wired.com, Security Weekly’s Daily Briefing provides “news, insight and analysis” with a slant toward B2B/enterprise-level security.

9. Threatpost

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Year Started: 2008

Number of Subscribers: “Thousands”

Send Schedule: Daily

What It Is: In what is arguably one of the more “hacker” focused publications on this list, Threatpost’s blog content and newsletter focus heavily on exploits, vulnerabilities, malware and InfoSec.

10. Cybercrime Magazine

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Year Started: Unavailable

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Semi-Daily

What It Is: Produced by what is arguably the leading cybercrime publication, Cyber Magazine (and parent company Cyber Security Ventures) “provide cyber economic market data, insights, and ground-breaking predictions to a global audience” of industry professionals (from CIOs to IT executives and more).

11. IT Security Guru

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Year Started: 2012

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Weekly

What It Is: In addition to publishing high-quality content around your everyday, run-of-the-mill cybersecurity topics, IT Security Guru is well known for its Product Review content (in which they review, rate and break down a variety of cybersecurity tools).

12. Infosecurity Magazine

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Year Started: 2010

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Semi-Daily

What It Is: With over a decade of experience, a team of writers who’ve won multiple industry awards, and eight international events to their name, Infosecurity Magazine (including their blog, newsletter and webinars) is a leading resource for InfoSec professionals.

13. HackRead

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Year Started: 2011

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Semi-Daily

What It Is: With “Security is a Myth” as the company’s slogan, HackRead covers all things cybersecurity (with a bent towards both breaches and exploits that affect consumers and small business security).

14. Naked Security

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Year Started: Unavailable

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Weekly

What It Is: Despite being published by B2B cybersecurity giant Sophos, whose roots date back to 1985, Naked Security’s content takes a lighter tone. In particular, they tend to focus on how consumers can protect themselves from common attacks, phishing scams, etc.

15. SANS

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Year Started: Unavailable

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Semi-Weekly, Weekly and Monthly

What It Is: As one of the leading InfoSec training organizations in the space, SANS offers three newsletters: An executive summary of the most important industry news headlines, a weekly digest of newly discovered attack vectors, and a monthly version meant for lay users/non-professionals who enjoy keeping up with the industry.

16. Security Weekly Insider

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Year Started: 2009

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Weekly

What It Is: While this isn’t a text newsletter per se, industry veteran Paul Asadoorian is known for producing high-quality webcasts, podcast interviews, and video series (which he then emails out to his subscribers).

17. TripWire’s State of Security

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Year Started: Unavailable

Number of Subscribers: 20,000+

Send Schedule: Weekly

What It Is: With industry awards that include “Best Corporate Blog” and “Most Entertaining Security Blog,” TripWire not only has a team of high quality, regular contributors but consistently lands guest posts from top-tier executives in the industry.

18. Help Net

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Year Started: 1998

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Daily and Weekly

What It Is: As one of the older publications on this list, Help Net Security serves the B2B and covers a wide variety of topics (from how to secure medical devices to balancing security with user experience).

19. Bank Info Security

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Year Started: 2003

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Weekly

What It Is: As you may have guessed from the name, Bank Info Security covers the highly regulated - and oft-targeted - banking industry. From adapting to government regulations (like GDPR) to preventing ransomware, their writers will keep you up-to-speed on all things banking security.

20. Daily Briefing

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Year Started: 2012

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Daily

What It Is: If you could only read one newsletter per day, Cyber Wire’s Daily Briefing could be your best bet. With in-depth summaries that cover the most pressing topics in the industry, this is arguably the most information-rich, bite-sized newsletter on this list. Further, while you can read their summaries in a matter of minutes, they also link to dozens of relevant stories for further investigation.

21. Krebs on Security

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Year Started: 2009

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Sporadic

What It Is: While author Brian Krebs admits he has no background in cybersecurity whatsoever, his extensive experience as an investigative journalist makes Krebs on Security a compelling read. Turning his skills toward cybercrime, and in particular, the criminals who commit them, Brian’s newsletter (and articles) are the equivalent of a cybercrime exposé.

22. Schneier on Security

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Year Started: 1998

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Monthly

What It Is: While his website is fairly outdated, author Bruce Schneier’s content is anything but. Labeled a “security guru” by The Economist, Schneier has been writing about cybersecurity since 1998. Further, he’s a Harvard fellow, board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Chief of Security Architecture at data security company Inrupt.

23. Security Magazine

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Year Started: 1997

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Monthly and Semi-Monthly

What It Is: As the leading digital magazine in the enterprise space, Security Magazine is “designed and written for results-driven executives who manage enterprise risk and security.” Further, as part of the sign-up process, you can select which of their four newsletters you’re most interested in.

24. Essentials

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Year Started: 2017

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Daily / Weekly

What It Is: As a full-time news publishing company focused on innovation and digital disruption, Essentials offers eight separate cybersecurity newsletters (and another four focused on the topic of artificial intelligence).

25. Gov Info Security

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Year Started: 2008

Number of Subscribers: Unavailable

Send Schedule: Semi-Daily

What It Is: Published by ISMG - the same parent company behind Bank Info Security (above) - Gov Info Security’s content remains exclusively focused on governmental cybersecurity on both the domestic and international levels.

Conclusion

In an industry that moves as fast as cybersecurity, it’s virtually impossible to stay on top of every little development.

However, thanks to the newsletters above, staying up-to-date on what matters most - in just a few minutes per day - is now easier than ever.