The do’s and don’ts of writing in cybersecurity

The don’ts

use hyperbole

frame the discussion around “ZOMG Hackers”

  • Copy verbatim from another document
  • Use subjective language
  • Turn your academic paper or report into an opinion piece (that’s what medium, twitter, reddit and chat rooms are for).
  • make unqualified assumptions- explore all evidence, not just the one that agrees with your belief system
  • Use the word cyber as a verb or adjective
  • Use cyber when another term might be more appropriate (IE computer network)
  • Make an unqualified statement or risk assessment
  • Be verbose
  • rattle off without a conclusion, or have a weak conclusion.

The Do’s

have an overarching hypothesis or evaluation

Use of structure

  • Reread some time after the initial authoring, ideally printed on paper as part of your own quality assurance. A simple mistake can undo an entire paper.
  • Be objective and communicate in the 3rd person- this is a personal preference, as it reinforces the less emotion and clarity item I’d discussed before.
  • Know your audience. If your content does not appeal to them then it is of no use.

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