(Update: Astute reader and topic maps (semantic integration) maven Patrick Durusau pointed out to me that I had the New York Times listed twice in an earlier version of this list, once as The New York Times and once as simply New York Times. The new list corrects this glitch. Not only that but he also pointed out that National Journal and NextGov are different publications, which they indeed are. But because NextGov publishes so many National Journal pieces, I'm not 100% certain from the data alone which came from which, so I merged the two. He also kindly went out of his way to put hyperlinks to the relevant publications in my table!)
Starting on March 29, I began to systematically sift through voluminous news articles, blog posts and other sources to pick the most relevant, timely and knowledgeable items on cybersecurity matters to post on Metacurity.com. (See previous post for an introduction to Metacurity and an explanation of the criteria used for selection.) From that date through mid-day on May 6, Metacurity featured 1,220 posts from across well over 100 different publications, mostly traditional consumer interest and trade publications, as well as specialized blogs.
In an effort to better improve the selection and publication process, we’re currently analyzing the data to develop better filters and formulas. One slice of interesting information is the frequency with which various publications appear across the still-nascent data set – obviously over time the data will change as the database gets bigger, more sources are added and newsworthy developments shift.
Of the sources published, 57 or 58 publications (I merged National Journal and NextGov) received two or more posts, excluding posts from vendor blogs. Of these 57 or 58 sources, The Register grabbed more of the screen time than any other publication, no surprise given its focus on the nitty-gritty reality of IT technology. Likewise, all but one of the other top ten resources have as their main focus information security, IT technology or other specialized subjects where cybersecurity is a main concern.
The appearance of inside-politics publications such as the National Journal (which cross-publishes with NextGov) and The Hill is likewise no surprise given the ascendancy of cybersecurity in Washington and the pendency of cybersecurity legislation. A good deal of excellent coverage of Washington-related cybersecurity matters appears in paid-access-only publications such as Politico, which launched last year its own cybersecurity publication and makes some articles available outside its paywall. Paid-access publications don’t appear on Metacurity because, well, that would be too frustrating for casual visitors. This may change over time.
For now, this list is interesting but definitely subject to change as time moves on, as more publications beef up their cybersecurity beats and as we refine our methods for pinpointing the best sources and items of information.
Stay tuned and please talk to us. Tell us what resources we're missing that you rely on and what additional types of information you'd like to see in the mix.