The beauty of LinkedIn is, of course, that it breaks down barriers. A university student in England can connect with a big-time CEO in Palo Alto without even boarding a plane. And, unlike message boards or consumer tech websites, LinkedIn offers genuine opportunities for relationships to be forged, questions to be asked and answered, and for eager cyber security professionals to learn and grow in their trade.
Owned by Holger Schulze, CEO and Founder of Cybersecurity Insiders, Information Security Community is the #1 information security community on LinkedIn with just under 400,000 members. According to the groups description, covered topics include compliance, encryption, anti-virus, malware, cloud security, data protection, hacking, network security, virtualization, and more. Within the group, there is a ‘Just to know each other better’ thread which provides members the opportunity to introduce themselves and their business as well as a ‘Jobs’ section where you can find job offers and discussions about job hunting and the cyber security job market in general.
The mission of this group is simple: to provide networking opportunities to information security professionals. With over 136,000 members (and growing!), this is an especially great opportunity for those just starting out in the industry to connect with industry veterans. It’s also a great place to grow your business, find opportunities for speaking engagements, and learn about upcoming workshops.
Unlike other groups on this list, Cloud Security Alliance is more focused on furthering education and promoting best practice than it is networking. As the name suggests, this group of 93,000+ is dedicated to providing information about how Cloud Computing can be used to secure all other forms of computing. This not-for-profit organisation was founded in 2008 and has regional chapters around the world. Interested in starting your own? Click here.
If you’re just getting started in the field or you’re considering furthering your education, this is a great place to start. Information Security Knowledge Group is open to all and members can enjoy discussions about the latest technologies. Navigate through discussion threads to find book lists, advice on choosing MSSPs and more.
With nearly 300 members, this group is filled with cyber security professionals wanting to learn, network, and evolve. Topics include threat detection, threat prevention, endpoint security, information security, data, and more.
Request to join for the opportunity to start or join conversations and learn about upcoming live events and webinars.
The above five groups are just a small fraction of all the groups (and job listings) that can be found on LinkedIn. For more niche groups, conduct your own search! Please be advised, though, some groups do require validation and acceptance by administrators and each person can join a maximum of 100 groups.
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