So you’re interested in sharing your infosec expertise with other security professionals. Then you’ve landed on the right page.
MISTI’s Infosec Insider aims to provide a relatable, ‘outside in’ view that encourages information security practitioners to think about problems and opportunities differently.
Each article should be aimed at answering common questions that security managers or directors have, with the intent of providing actionable takeaways that readers can immediately put to use.
Why should I write for Infosec Insider?
- Our articles are featured in our newsletter that reaches 30,000 subscribers.
- We have more than 6,500 active social media followers across our platforms.
- Our top articles receive more than 500 page views in a week.
- Authors can receive exceptional professional exposure that may lead to new clients, opportunities, and additional media exposure.
Who am I writing for?
While our aim may be to answer the most pressing information security questions, our ideal readers are manager or director-level information security practitioners at large and mid-sized businesses.
How do I write a great Infosec Insider article?
- Keep the audience in mind: Try and strike a chord with the challenges they face. But remember, it’s not just about highlighting a problem, it’s about providing a solution to the problem in a clear way through your writing. Always aim to address their challenges and pain points. After all, you should know best since you’re in the field!
- Nail your message: It’s not about providing some obscure message that highlights some vague rumblings that may or may not have an impact on infosec pros. Do your best to edit your article to the point where the challenge/question and answer/advice is clear as day for readers.
- Be prescriptive: It’s not about motivating readers to take action, it’s about providing an explanation on how to take that action! This is very important.
- Make it personal: Like a journalist, tell a story. Don’t be afraid to make it a bit personal and share some of your experiences.
- Include links: Be sure to attribute your work, and be sure to show a little love to any sources you may have tapped into by providing our readers with links to the work – but make sure they work!
- Avoid buzzwords: Do your best to stay away from any industry jargon that annoys you. And please avoid the FUD talk.
- Don’t be self-promotional: If you happen to work for a vendor or service provider in the space, avoid promoting any tools or companies within your article. There will be a bio located in the article that should do the trick.
- Fact-check: Check your facts, cite your sources, rinse, repeat.
What topics can I cover?
If you’ve visited Infosec Insider before, you’ve likely played around with our filters. Here’s a look at the sections and topics that we bucket our content into.
- Industry Impact: How any of the topics listed below are impacting enterprises and industries.
- Leadership: Content that offer leadership/managerial advice and insight, from speaking to the board, to career-related advice.
- Threat/Security Intelligence
- Vulnerability Management
- Data Protection
- Identity and Access Management
- Penetration Testing
- Mobile Security
- Network Security
- Fraud Detection and Response
So just submit an article and it gets published?
No so fast! Infosec Insider has the last call on this one. Keep in mind that all contirbuted conent is subject to our editors' approval. But we'll do our best to provide you with suggestions that will increase your changes of having your article published.
How do I submit?
All article drafts should be submitted in a Word doc or Google doc format to InfosecInsider@misti.com with the following as the subject: “SUBMISSION: [Topic]”. Please be sure to include your topic in the subject line.
Bio: Remember to include a 100-200 word bio. Don’t forget to include your social media information if available (Twitter handle, LinkedIn profile) or links to any websites. We do not allow any promotional or personal links to be included within body copy, or any links to gated material.
Headshot: We’d love for our audience to put a face to a name, so send us a 300x300 headshot image that we can include with the author profile located on the article page.
Supporting Images: Any high res images you want to include as part of your article should be placed within the Word/Google doc. Please be sure to have the rights to the image before submitting them to us. For interactive content like videos and infographics, make sure to include the embed code within the doc as well.
Still have more questions? Feel free to shoot us an email at InfosecInsider@misti.com.