Cybersecurity Canon moving to The Ohio State University

Posted: July 15, 2020
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The Ohio State University is the newest home for the international Cybersecurity Canon, a curated collection of must-read books for the cybersecurity community. 

The collection is revered by professionals in academia, government and military and currently includes over 90 reviewed books.  

On Jan. 17, Ohio State’s Office of Research launched the new Institute for Cybersecurity and Digital Trust (ICDT). The new canon is housed through this organization now. Co-led by the university’s Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Chair and Professor Hesham El Gamal and Chief Information Security Officer Helen Patton, the goal of ICDT is to organize the university’s collective data security assets and team up with partners statewide to advance the industry.

Read the change-of-hands announcement from Pal Alto Networks (PAN).

The Cyber Canon was housed via PAN since its start in 2013 and is the brainchild of founder Rick Howard, its former chief information security officer.

“It is time for a new organization to take on the mantle of supporting the cybersecurity canon project and I am unable to contain my excitement that The Ohio State University has stepped up to take Palo Alto Network’s place,” Howard said.

With the canon now under its wing, Patton said, Ohio State looks forward to adding new enhancements in the coming months and welcomes input on its creation.  

“The Cybersecurity Canon is the go-to resource for cybersecurity practitioners, providing a place to begin and expand learning. I am pleased ICDT has agreed to support this terrific service,” she said. “I’m looking forward to see how Ohio State will grow the canon to include other media and partners, and use it to engage students and faculty.”

Continuing its tradition, members of the canon identify lists of must-read fiction and nonfiction books for cybersecurity professionals, or those looking to get a foothold into the security industry. Canon-worthy books include those that focus on the core aspects of information security, are forward thinking, original and insightful. They should also stand the test of time; remaining relevant for years to come.

To learn more about the Cybersecurity Canon collection, visit