Continuous Learning Resources

Continuous learning is a core value here, professionally and personally. The below list represents some of our favorite sources.

Book List

Reading is a big time part of continuous, life-long learning. This list represents some of our absolute favorites across the soft skills we focus on here.

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know (English Edition)
Shared via Kindle. Description: Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller Listed as a Times Self-Help Book of the Year Discover the critical art of rethinking: how questioning your opinions can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life Intelligence ...

Why we like it:

This book will get you thinking about everything you think you know, the deeply held ideas you have, and how you put ideas and concepts together. This is a thought-provoking and deep read while at the same time being presented in a lighthearted and easily approachable way.

Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say and What You Don’t (English Edition)
Shared via Kindle. Description: ‘Full of compelling advice on how to lead more effectively by choosing your words more wisely’ - ADAM GRANT, author of Originals and Give and Take Your words matter more than you think Most of us use the language we inherited...

Why we like it:

Anyone in a leadership position likely experienced the frustration of saying one thing and having another thing be received or done. Leadership is language that talks about the systems and nonverbal elements of leadership that are so easily overlooked by those with the title of leader.

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials) (English Edition)
Shared via Kindle. Description: A handsome, commemorative edition of Peter F. Drucker’s timeless classic work on leadership and management, with a foreword by Jim Collins. What makes an effective executive? For decades, Peter F. Drucker was widely regarded ...

Why we like it:

The Effective Executive is one of Peter Drucker's most prolific works focused on the knowledge worker. In Drucker's definition, being effective is not just about getting more done; it's about getting the right things done and managing one's time effectively enough to do that.

Corporate Explorer: How Corporations Beat Startups at the Innovation Game (English Edition)
Shared via Kindle. Description: Corporate Explorers Transform Disruption Into Opportunity With This Proven Framework Innovation used to be seen as a game best left to entrepreneurs, but now a new breed of corporate managers is flipping this logic on its hea...

Why we like it:

Corporate Explorer explores how large corporations can innovate while still running their organization. The recognition and acceptance that day-to-day operations provide value now and must continue are vital factors of the ambidextrous organization model described here. If you're a leader within a large organization struggling to find ways to explore new innovative solutions, this book is worth your time.

The Unicorn Project: A Novel about Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data (English Edition)
Shared via Kindle. Description: The Phoenix Project wowed over a half-million readers. Now comes The Unicorn Project! “The Unicorn Project is amazing, and I loved it 100 times more than The Phoenix Project...”--FERNANDO CORNAGO, Senior Director Platform Eng...

Why we like it:

An engaging and relatable way to explore the burden of dysfunctional IT and developer tooling. If you're looking to understand better the value of the DevOps movement and how to move your organization towards it potentially, this book is worth it. This also makes a great team book club selection, given the entertainment value you get alongside the education.

Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow (English Edition)
Shared via Kindle. Description: In Team Topologies DevOps consultants Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais share secrets of successful team patterns and interactions to help readers choose and evolve the right team patterns for their organization, making sure to...

Why we like it:

Team Topologies looks at teams through the lens of an architect, reasoning about their purpose and interaction patterns like a series of APIs. While there's a focus on software development teams in this book, the lessons apply to anybody involved with the organization of people resources across teams.

Mine!: How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives (English Edition)
Shared via Kindle. Description: “Mine” is one of the first words babies learn, and by the time we grow up, the idea of ownership seems natural, whether we are buying a cup of coffee or a house. But who controls the space behind your airplane seat: you, recl...

Why we like it:

Who owns what, why, and how? These forces of ownership are layered into our daily lives, and if we can better understand them, we can better navigate complicated politics that emerge within organizations. Nobody likes it when you take away or break their stuff. Understanding ownership dynamics can send you into such situations more prepared.

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. (English Edition)
Shared via Kindle. Description: In her #1 NYT bestsellers, Brené Brown taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers and culture shifters, she’s showing us how...

Why we like it:

This is a must-read for anyone looking to improve their leadership skills and create a culture of trust and belonging within their team or organization. It explores the skills and traits that make a great leader, including vulnerability, courage, empathy, and accountability, and provides practical advice for developing these qualities.

Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less (English Edition)
Shared via Kindle. Description: “You need to read this book.” —Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author “A great book changes the world you live in, revealing mysteries you didn’t even know were there. This is a great book.” —Sendhil Mullainathan, M...

Why we like it:

You may have heard the adage that less is more. This book goes deep into the design principles around subtraction, reduction, and generally having less. It touches on products of various kinds, processes, and policies. Finding the connection points back to your role in cybersecurity will be up to you.

We the Possibility: Harnessing Public Entrepreneurship to Solve Our Most Urgent Problems (English Edition)
Shared via Kindle. Description: Can we solve big public problems anymore? Yes, we can. This provocative and inspiring book points the way. The huge challenges we face are daunting indeed: climate change, crumbling infrastructure, declining public education ...

Why we like it:

The public sector is almost universally thought of as a place where innovation is impossible, no matter the level (federal, state, or local). This book contains stories about innovation and how it can be replicated. Going through it is inspiring and will leave you excited if you work in an enormous bureaucracy.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, 20th Anniversary Edition (J-B Lencioni Series Book 43) (English Edition)
Shared via Kindle. Description: The New York Times best-selling team leadership handbook for modern executives, managers, and organizations After her first two weeks observing the problems at DecisionTech, Kathryn Petersen, its new CEO, had more than a few ...

Why we like it:

This book provides, in story form, practical solutions for building a culture of trust, accountability, and collaboration, making it a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their team's performance. It offers practical guidance for overcoming common challenges and building a high-performing team.

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win (English Edition)
Shared via Kindle. Description: An updated edition of the blockbuster bestselling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how...

Why we like it:

Extreme ownership is about a no-excuses approach to life, running a business, or getting into anything. Taking ownership over the part you played in anything, what you could have done differently, and how you'll be better next time is how you take control over making things better.


Newsletters can be a fantastic way to keep up with the latest information in the industry. These cover a lot of things about the development of self in cyber.

The Soft (Skills) Side of Cyber
Develop the essential human-centered soft skills to thrive in cybersecurity. These are the non-technical skills that compliment everything else you do.

Why we like it:

We'd be remiss if we didn't plug our newsletter in here. But we feel very passionately that people who invest in technical and non-technical skills will be maximally impactful in this field.

tl;dr sec Newsletter

Why we like it:

TLDRsec is an aggregate newsletter that touches on many different topics across cloud, appsec, detection engineering, and more. It's a good pulse on the latest tools, thinking, and ideas floating around the industry. Plus, if you want to see some of the awesome new tools released, this is an excellent place to do it.

A newsletter for busy professionals who want to keep up to date with the cloud security industry, hand-curated by Marco Lancini.

Why we like it:

You cover a lot of ground with the CloudSecList newsletter. Tools, major updates from cloud providers, technical tutorials, and service updates/releases. If you've prioritized continuous learning and your organization has a cloud presence, this is a clutch resource.

Thinking in Bets
Decision making in an uncertain world. Click to read Thinking in Bets, by Annie Duke, a Substack publication with thousands of readers.

Why we like it:

This is Annie Duke's compliment to her popular book by the same name. It's focused on how to help you make better decisions and think more clearly. Skills are very clearly applicable to more places than the poker table.

Deploying Securely
Deliver software. Manage risk. Create value. Click to read Deploying Securely, by Walter Haydock, a Substack publication with hundreds of readers.

Why we like it:

Deploying Securely is focused mainly on vulnerability management and the processes around it, though not exclusively. Not only is this a critical activity in any security program, but it doesn't just tackle the issue from a tech perspective; it's approached from a people and process standpoint, which we feel is incredibly important.

Boring AppSec
A newsletter on getting the boring parts of AppSec right. Click to read Boring AppSec, by Sandesh Mysore Anand, a Substack publication with hundreds of readers.

Why we like it:

AppSec is still one of those sub-disciplines that can easily stay in the realm of deeply technical. Sandesh does a great job taking a step back and doing end-to-end looks at different pieces of an application security program. Are you thinking about static analysis needs? There's a lot more to consider than what tool to bring in. The same thing goes for the whole spectrum of a program.