There is perhaps no greater compliment than to have your most esteemed peers recommend your work. I am now blogging from the RSA Conference in San Francisco, and over the past two days krebsonsecurity.com has received two peer recognition awards, one from the SANS Institute – among the nation’s top security research and training groups – and another from the Security Bloggers Network, an organization that has sought to recognize blogs that provide valuable content on computer security issues.
The SANS Institute polled 75 cybersecurity journalists and asked them to rank the top peers in their field. True to form, I showed up late to the awards ceremony on Tuesday, and Alan Paller, director of research for SANS, called me up on stage and said I’d received twice as many votes as the next guy in the contest, Robert McMillan, a reporter whose work is almost certainly the most widely syndicated and quoted of virtually anyone in this industry. Likewise, I am proud to have shared this honor with reporters whose work I recommend and admire, including USA Today’s Byron Acohido, Wired.com’s Kim Zetter, as well as Dan Goodin from The Register.
In related news, the delegates who were party to the Security Bloggers Awards at RSA this year picked krebsonsecurity.com as the top “non-technical security blog.” Somehow, I managed to show up late for this as well. Again, it was wonderful to have been nominated alongside security bloggers such as Taosecurity’s Richard Bejtlich, and security curmudgeon-in-chief Bruce Schneier.