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What fake news means for IT—and how IT security can help fight it

Josh Fruhlinger | Jan. 3, 2017
Fake news turns out to be another payload.

If it makes you feel any better, if you're reading this article, you probably don't fall for many fake news scams. "I would argue that fake news has had less of an impact on the security industry than society as a whole," says John Dickson, principal of Denim Group. "Most security folks are skeptical bunch. They are always on watch for inbound phishing and social engineering campaigns, and thus are probably bigger doubters than the average reader.

"Also, most of them get their regular feeds from trusted sources—bloggers, industry writers that cover security, and colleagues in the security industry. They're less likely to go down a rabbit hole of fake news from their Facebook feed or sketchy sources they do not trust."

So if you're worried about your own susceptibility to fake news, put yourself in that skeptical mindset—and tell your friends to do the same.

 

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