The Straight Dope on Cybersecurity

Withinsecurity is a blog dedicated to exploring the word of computer security from the inside: From the perspective of chief security officers and hackers.

The site is sponsored by HackerOne, a vulnerability management and bug bounty platform. H1 empowers companies to protect consumer data, trust and loyalty by working with the global research community to surface your most relevant security issues.

H1 engaged Tweney Media to develop and launch withinsecurity as an independent blog, with the goal of building an audience (and eventually creating a community) of hackers and chief security officers. Growing H1’s brand within that audience is a primary goal, but given the target audience’s natural allergies to marketing in any form, we are not taking an overtly promotional approach. The goal instead is to make withinsecurity an independent, intelligent, and useful site in its own right, with H1 as a relatively hands-off single sponsor.

We launched withinsecurity in late October, 2015, and have been publishing 3-4 posts per week since then. Tweney Media assisted with the site design and technical requirements, created the site’s internal and external positions, crafted a writer’s guide, built an editorial calendar, recruited freelancer writers, and works with the writers to produce high-quality content on a regular basis. We also continue to work closely with HackerOne’s marketing and PR teams to ensure that the publication is tracking with the company’s overall marketing goals.

As we wrote in the introduction to withinsecurity on its About page:

We might use the same clickbait headlines as other tech blogs, but rest assured: That’s just to ensure that your boss clicks through and reads the story when you forward it to her. After the headline, we promise to give you the straight dope. We won’t be blowing security risks out of proportion. We’ll do our best to explain vulnerabilities and mitigation strategies as clearly and as accurately as we can. We’ll put them into context so you can assess and prioritize more intelligently.

The Measure of a Brand

Trumaker is a maker of custom shirts and other apparel for men. Its quality is high, its shirts fit amazingly well, and at $120 or so they are really good value for a custom-fit shirt with good materials. But at that price — and with the need for someone to visit each customer to get their measurements — the company also has a long marketing cycle. It needed a way to reach its target market again and again, to help them understand what Trumaker was all about.

Even more important, Trumaker wanted a way to convey its values: Simplicity, honesty, and a definition of what it means to be a good man that goes beyond material success.

All that pointed to a lifestyle publication.

The company had been working on plans for a publication called The Measure for several months when it engaged Tweney Media to help with the launch. Working closely with the marketing team, we helped Trumaker hone the editorial mission for The Measure, and also helped refine the company’s overall message hierarchy. We established an editorial calendar and built a publishing process that was robust and scalable. We contributed a few pieces of our own, including the one quoted below, about boots. We worked with numerous freelancers, assigning and editing copy. And we edited a large amount of existing copy to get the publication ready for launch.

The Measure launched in October, 2015. While Tweney Media is no longer involved with the publication, we’re proud to say we built the rails on which it continues to roll.

My go-to boots these days are a pair of Justin ropers. They’re over fifteen years old, as battered and weathered as an old baseball glove, and about the same color. I think of them as my lucky boots.

For a long time, I felt too shy to wear such rugged, prosaic boots unless I was actually out in the country, hiking around, or just relaxing on a remote porch somewhere. My own work has been more of the sitting-at-a-desk variety, and it just felt wrong to wear these boots to an office.

But lately, that’s started to change.

… continue reading on The Measure

A new alternative for tech media

What do you like to read? I mean, really enjoy reading?

I started Tweney Media because I saw the kind of articles that tech news organizations were publishing on the one hand, and the kinds of content that tech companies were publishing on the other, and I realized that they were both missing something:

I didn’t actually want to read them.

The news stories: Often well written and smart, but too quickly written to delve deep into a topic, and often written by authors with only glancing understanding of the tech, at best. Skimmable, sometimes enjoyable, but ultimately unenlightening.

The companies’ content: Knowledgeable about the tech, but often poorly written and betraying no understanding of what the reader cares about, and little ability to make the reader care. Dense, but unpleasant to read.

Between those two poles yawns an enormous gap. That’s where, if they existed, you would find the articles, podcasts, videos, and Slideshares that are smart, well-written, engaging. Stories that are well-told but also knowledgeable and go into depth on tech topics of importance.

I’m here to help create that kind of content. And while we’re at it, let’s call that content what it really is: Media. (Content is such a bland, generic word.)

Publishing is now accessible to all. The media is no longer owned by those formerly known as The Media. That’s not to disparage my friends in the capital-M media: They are smart. They work hard. (I know, I worked alongside them for many years as a journalist myself.) They often do great work. But they are no longer the only option for companies with a story to tell, and too often the capital-M media are too busy, too overworked, and too distracted to tell those stories, even if they’re worth telling.

Now companies with a story to tell have a new option: Creating and publishing their own media. Whether their stories use the written word, audio, or video, it’s possible now to get a message out and speak directly to thousands or millions of customers — and would-be customers — without any intermediaries.

The question is, can you tell a story that people actually want to read, or listen to, or watch?

Tweney Media is about telling stories — in whatever media make sense — that accomplish our clients’ business goals, and which are well-written, well-produced, and (dare we hope) even fun to read.

We’re a team of writers, editors, and producers who can tell great stories. We know how to use an em-dash and a semicolon. We aren’t afraid to put our names on our best work. And we’d like to do that work for you.