Where can cash-strapped security pro's get great information on security basics??
I guess I'm odd enough to actually enjoy reading and reviewing the publications at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), a U.S. governmental agency charged with promoting many things, Information Security amongst them.
My last article was published May 1 of this year. It was on passwords and choosing more effective passwords. I really, really wished that this content had been available during the writing of the article. It provides a lot of great background on the subject of passwords and is very quoteable.
To the people at NIST: it's another great SP.
P. S. NIST is a U.S. agency. Please respond with other governmental agencies and their writings. I can translate both English and German fairly reliably, (although Berliner Deutsch remains mysterious...).