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.
If you work in cybersecurity PR, you've got at least 102 rows on your own spreadsheet, each with the name of a must-pitch target. Are your names the same as ours? This month we scrubbed our list and tidied up the email contact info. Here it is. Happy pitching.
Security researcher Brian Krebs this month published an analysis that only he could create. It's an exhaustive explainer on recent DNS hijacking attacks, purportedly conducted by Iranian hackers. How does a tech PR pro get the attention of this man? We asked around. Below is a compendium of what we heard back, both on and off the record.
Threat-and-breach coverage is by far the biggest topic in security editorial. It’s got the Armageddon thing going for it, which always breeds high numbers of page views and social shares. We once heard a veteran security PR pro refer to covering security as “the crime beat” and he’s not far off.
“Get ‘em to write a story about us — just about us,” the clients exhort. In security that’s even tougher to achieve than in most industry segments. Mostly that’s because time-strapped reporters are too busy chasing breaches and threats. Company profiles are as evergreen as stories get.
“Preventive” and “remedial” spring to mind when envisioning coverage for the C-suite. Skills is one of those C-suite evergreen topics, and in 2018 it’s been more of same. And the channel has that dual appeal -- to the product buyers and to the C-titles who own the budget.
I’d love to say that every single time I’ve worked on a major announcement or campaign, things went perfectly - but that’s unfortunately not exactly how things go in PR. One of the most crushing let-downs is when an exclusive falls through. How do you react? What do you tell your client?