While companies have been focusing on preventing hackers from stealing data or installing ransomware, a potentially more insidious threat is becoming increasingly common. Rather than stealing data, deepfakes are subtly manipulating it, changing account numbers or modifying other data so inconspicuously that it can go unnoticed longer than a data breach, making companies and their reputations vulnerable. Dark Reading brought this topic to us in their article, “Toxic Data: How ‘Deepfakes’ Threaten Cybersecurity.”

The mashup of deep learning and fake news makes it possible to create audio and video of real people saying words they never spoke or things they never did. Take a moment to absorb that tidbit of news.

Never has there been such focus on the importance of being able to trust and validate the authenticity of shared information. Add to that the lesser-understood counterpart deepfake, which poses a much larger threat to the cybersecurity landscape. It makes a hack or data breach look like child’s play.

Melody K. Smith

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