Cybersecurity’s latest battle: The rise of misinformation on social media

The digital world is taking over. From banking to buying groceries, it’s all readily available at our fingertips. Not to mention staying connected 24/7. As a result, social media has become the center of our reality over the last decade. Unfortunately, as great of a professional and personal tool as social media has become, it has opened pandora’s box when it comes to safety concerns. As fake news and misleading storylines flood social timelines, it presents a real threat to organizational cybersecurity postures in every industry.

While social media probably isn’t the first tool that comes to mind when you think of cybersecurity, it’s a key player. Social media makes it easier for bad actors to enter your network and data. But that’s not all. Misinformation and cybersecurity affect one another in many ways. Still, at the core, social media channels are a major player in which wrong information is exchanged, leading to more significant cyber risks – let’s take a closer look.

The Dangers of Misinformation on Social Media

Misinformation is described as the spreading of false information regardless of if there is intent to mislead. Social media started as photo-sharing and life updating platforms with friends & family from all around the world. It quickly took a turn and became the number one source for local, national, and global news for many. So, where does cybersecurity come into play? Its purpose is to protect the information being spread, the users, data, and much more. Consider this:


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