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Cheat Sheet: Reporters Who Cover Cybersecurity Surveys

Here’s a short list of reporters who have covered cybersecurity surveys in the past 90 days. Not a lot of high-profile titles, maybe a couple. Small audiences. Bear in mind that other security reporters, absent from this list, might be moved to cover a compelling survey.

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Cheat Sheet: SSO/MFA Targets

Authentication is a discipline that, editorially, straddles security and SaaS. A subscriber asked us for a target list and we came up with ten. No SSO in Forbes, that we could find. Plenty of paid, nothing organic.

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Deep-Dive: Kyle Alspach, VentureBeat

VentureBeat staff writer Kyle Alspach wrote 15 articles last week. Yes, fifteen, and they averaged a bit more than 900 words each. So if you’ve have a hard time reaching Kyle with your cybersecurity pitch, that could be why.

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Duo Security’s ‘Decipher’ Takes a Hit and Bounces Right Back

It’s tough to recover when a key employee jumps ship, but that’s exactly what Decipher EIC Dennis Fisher managed to do, last month hiring Lindsey O’Donnell-Welch from rival Threatpost. Just like that, Decipher again is well-positioned to provide its context and analysis on cyberthreats and the efforts to thwart them.

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Leah McLean: On CISOs, Reporters, and the ‘Why’

SWMS contributor Leah McLean writes: Just as reporters need a reason why they should write the story being pitched, buyers of security solutions want useful detail on why they should buy. Being in close contact with these buyers as I am, let me share a real-world scenario.

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Four Vital Cybersecurity Newsletters & Podcasts

[SWMS contributor Leah McLean writes:] My career has been in tech from the start and for the last six years in the cybersecurity industry. The last two years I’ve been keenly determined to get to know the CISO – what makes them tick, keeps them up at night, how they think, their views towards the many technology vendors and solutions…

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Introducing ‘The Record,’ Edited by Adam Janofsky

Cybersecurity journalist Adam Janofsky has a new gig, as editorial director of The Record, launched this week by security vendor Recorded Future. The Record will operate with full editorial autonomy, Adam told us. Kaspersky Labs’ ThreatPost, Duo Security’s Decipher and Avast’s The Parallax have done so, too. 

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Profile: Sean Michael Kerner, freelancer

Sean Michael Kerner is a B2B tech reporter, and according to his LinkedIn profile, is an “Internet consultant, a strategy and developer/writer and sometimes entrepreneur.” While Sean no longer writes for eWeek, he recently picked up freelance work at Business Insider and still writes for Enterprise Networking Planet, eSecurity Planet, ServerWatch and ITPro Today.

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Journo Praises PR Pro

Ellen Chang, freelancer for The Street, Tweets that “I am really impressed with a PR executive and the pitch she sent me. Not only did she get my beat right, she also mentioned being a fellow Boilermaker and talked about basketball season.”

SWMS Login Issues Are Resolved

We have (finally) resolved the technical issues that prompted SWMS subscribers to log in when they were already logged in. Apologies for the difficulty.

Paul La Monica Laid Off from CNN

From Twitter:

Personal news! I’m part of the @CNN layoffs. I’ll keep working until early March. After that? A much needed break to recharge after 21+ years! I feel awful for my amazing colleagues who are losing their jobs. But don’t cry for me. I’ll be fine. Now it’s time to get back to work!

Open Stats for Nov. 30 SWMS emailer

The SWMS-Semrush Top 15 Index was the most-opened article in our Nov. 30 emailer. Then, in descending order… cheat sheet on exec interview opps; Fortune contributed content formulas; “Challenge of 2023” analysis; Krazit/Kaye share what works; Protocol shuts down; cheat sheet on VC events/SMB events; cheat sheet on smart lighting

A16Z’s ‘Future’ Shutting Down

Great perspective from Insider reporters Rob Price and Melia Russell. Excerpt: “It doesn’t always end well when you hire people to tell the world how great you are. Future.com, from my periodic glances, is a snooze fest, devoid of even the most justifiable skepticism and tension,” wrote Brad Stone, a veteran tech journalist, in a Bloomberg newsletter this year.”

Rachel Metz Laid Off from CNN

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Rachel Metz on mastodon @rachelmetz@mstdn.social

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