October marks National Cyber Security Month, when government agencies, security experts and the private sector talk about how people can be safer online. But if you work in the field or have cybersecurity or technology clients, you know that cybersecurity is a hot topic all year long.
More than a year ago, my colleague Jack wrote a blog on the top cybersecurity reporters to know. Since then, a lot of reporters have moved on and there are some new folks on the beat that PR professionals in this field should get to know.
So here is a refresh. A list of some of the latest and greatest cybersecurity reporters who cover the issue from a public sector angle: how cybersecurity impacts the federal government; who the major players are; and, what agencies are doing to improve cybersecurity.
- Cory Bennett (@Cory_Bennett): Cory joined The Hill about a year ago, bringing cyber and national security reporting experience from FedScoop. In addition to writing about cybersecurity legislation and regulation, he co-authors Overnight Cybersecurity, a newsletter that brings readers the latest on legislation, hacks, and cybersecurity events.
- Greg Otto (@gregotto): Greg has been at FedScoop for nearly a year a half, where he covers cybersecurity and cloud computing (among other topics) from the perspective of how those technologies are leveraged by the federal government. Greg brings tech reporting expertise from the U.S. News & World Report and the Washington Business Journal.
- Josh Higgins (@joshualhiggins): Josh has been at InsideCybersecurity for nearly a year and a half, where he covers issues at the intersection of cybersecurity and public policy. He also tracks policies around emerging technology trends. Josh is also pretty prolific on Twitter.
- Sara Sorcher (@SaraSorcher): The Christian Science Monitor is an international outlet, but its newish deputy cybersecurity editor, Sara Sorcher, covers security policy from DC with a solidly DC viewpoint. She is also deputy editor of Passcode, a “modern field guide to security and privacy” the Monitor launched in January. Sorcher also spent four years as National Journal’s national security correspondent.
- Tim Starks (@timstarks): There’s no question that Politico’s Morning Cybersecurity newsletter is a must read for any current or wannabe DC insider. In addition to compiling the daily briefing, Tim writes on data breaches and other big news in the cyber world. He started covering the topic as a homeland security reporter with Congressional Quarterly in 2013.
- Zach Noble (@thezachnoble): Zach joined Federal Computer Week (FCW) seven months ago as a staff writer. He’s pretty new to the cyber scene, but has been steadily churning out stories on everything from cyber pirates to health data sharing to cultivating cyber talent in the government.
Are there any good cybersecurity reporters we missed? Let us know and leave a comment below, or tweet at @RHStrategic with the hashtag #RHetoricBlog.
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