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The Value of Cybersecurity White Papers

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    Historically, white papers have been long-form influential documents used to explain complex topics simply. While cybersecurity white papers are often well-researched and peer-reviewed, they also have a reputation for being a dull and overly technical read. The last decade has shown a meteoric rise in alternative content such as ebooks, blog posts, case studies and even video content. With all of these new mediums, what is the standalone value of a cybersecurity white paper?

    Cybersecurity White Papers Convey Every Detail

    While many alternatives to white papers seem heavily skewed towards opinions and subjective content, true white papers stick primarily to facts. They often follow a  “problem and solution” format, advocating for a specific approach to a known problem. The data in true white papers should be concise and organized, allowing the reader to understand a potential new purchase, remedy an existing problem, stay up to date on emergency products and trends, or compare a new product to those already existing on the market. 

    Cybersecurity White Papers are Peer Reviewed 

    White papers are often created by teams of research-driven writers. The data presented in an actual white paper is crafted and reviewed by experts in the chosen topic, ensuring that they offer a valid solution. The peer review process begins once the white paper has been created by the technical writer, then it is reviewed by editors, experts in the field, and finally by a team of the writer’s peers to assess format and validity.

    Increased Awareness of Cybersecurity Solutions

    The rise of cybersecurity is a fairly recent phenomenon. Cybersecurity white papers provide professionals with vetted resources to recognize vulnerabilities, malicious code, insider threats and top hacker threats. Cybersecurity white papers also provide insight to understand software patches, software firewalls, and disseminate cybersecurity best practices to readers. 

    Existing White Paper Research Can Be Repurposed 

    Traditional white papers are becoming more interactive in order to increase user engagement.  More recent cybersecurity white papers include audio versions, graphs, and even questionnaires. Empirical data from cybersecurity white papers is also being used to create infographics that highlight facts and figures used in the creation of webinars to engage sales partners that can be held on social media platforms, increasing traffic from younger generations.

    Overall, cybersecurity white papers are here to stay, and Essential Data Corporation can connect you with a team of seasoned writers. Whether you need a team of consultants to produce a complete line of documentation or a single technical writer for a brief project, Essential Data’s Engagement Manager will lead the project from start to finish. At Essential Data Corporation, the quality of our work is guaranteed. Contact us today to get started. (800) 221-0093 or sales@edc.us

    Written By Latrice M. Sillers

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