Frauds in the Infosec Industry


Tabloid Infosec

Tabloid Infosec: Researchers and fraudulent publications within the cybersecurity sphere share a common tendency to rely on sensationalism and fabricated narratives for attention-grabbing purposes. Similar to tabloid magazines, these individuals create elaborate stories and spread misinformation to generate buzz, gain notoriety, or even profit from the ensuing chaos. They prey on the public’s fascination with sensational and shocking accounts, often at the expense of truth and accuracy. In the realm of information security, it is crucial for consumers to remain vigilant, verify sources, and seek out reliable and credible experts to avoid falling prey to the deceptive narratives propagated by tabloid infosec sources.

Without naming names….

The Rise of the Charlatans and Self-Proclaimed Experts: The infosec industry has witnessed an unfortunate influx of self-proclaimed experts who possess more confidence than competence. Armed with flashy titles and dubious credentials, they roam they peddle their “reports” seeking to influence and deceive unsuspecting readers.  

It’s astonishing how many frauds in the infosec industry conveniently skip the fundamentals of rigorous research. Instead, they rely on shallow investigations, anecdotal evidence, and unverified sources, leading to the proliferation of half-baked theories and misconceptions.

The Dangerous Game of Fearmongering: Some fraudsters in the infosec industry thrive on fear and sensationalism, leveraging their platform to spread panic among the masses. Their exaggerated claims, devoid of evidence, serve only to manipulate and mislead, leaving readers vulnerable and ill-informed.

The Toxicity of the Echo Chamber: Within the infosec community, it is disheartening to witness the rise of toxic rivalries and unwarranted attacks. Fraudsters, seeking to elevate their own standing, resort to baseless accusations and personal attacks on their peers, undermining the collaborative spirit of the industry.

For some frauds, it’s not enough to simply spew misinformation; they must also tear down others in the process. Their misguided attempts to establish dominance often result in petty battles of inflated egos, overshadowing the pursuit of truth and knowledge.

In a sea of misinformation, it becomes imperative for readers to exercise critical thinking and discernment. By questioning claims, scrutinizing sources, and seeking evidence-based research, we can guard ourselves against falling victim to the tactics of the frauds.

Embracing Genuine Experts: In the vast expanse of the infosec industry, genuine experts do exist. They are the ones who prioritize thorough research, provide substantiated evidence, and engage in healthy discussions. By supporting these credible voices, we can foster an environment of growth and knowledge-sharing.

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Joe Sullivan has worked in information security for over two decades. He holds numerous certifications and has worked in various roles during that time. Joe is a SANS instructor and senior security consultant for TrustedSec. Joe regularly contributes to SecFlux and shares some of his experiences, knowledge, and insight into current cyber events.