Cybersecdn- In today’s digital age, disinformation has become a major cybersecurity threat. Disinformation is the deliberate spread of false or misleading information to deceive people. It is a growing problem that can cause significant harm to individuals, organizations, and even nations. It is time to accept that disinformation is a cybersecurity issue.
According to a report by the Neustar International Security Council (NISC), 48% of cybersecurity professionals regard disinformation as a threat, and of the remainder, 49% say that the threat is very significant. Disinformation is used for social engineering threats on a mass scale. Like phishing attacks, to compromise IT systems for data extraction, disinformation campaigns play on emotions, giving cybercriminals another feasible method for scams.
Disinformation is increasingly part of the cyberattack delivery package, used to manipulate public opinion, influence elections, and spread malware. It is important to remember that cybercriminals will follow the numbers and exploit topical news stories. Disinformation campaigns can be used to spread false information about a company or organization, leading to reputational damage and financial loss.
The European Union DisinfoLab has provided feedback on the EU’s updated cybersecurity strategy, and the Joint Communication on the EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy for the Digital Decade. The paper recommends incorporating disinformation into the EU’s cybersecurity strategy. The report also highlights the significant overlap between disinformation and cybersecurity regarding the tools and methods of attack.
Disinformation is a cybersecurity threat that should not be ignored. It is important to take steps to protect yourself and your organization from disinformation campaigns. This includes being vigilant about the information you consume and share, verifying the authenticity of information before sharing it, and educating others about the dangers of disinformation. By working together, we can help to combat this growing cybersecurity threat.