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By DCMA Security
Defense Contract Management Agency’s Counter-Insider Threat Program team (login required) champions National Insider Threat Awareness Month (login required) to ensure good practices keep the agency community safe in the digital world.
Terrorist actors use the online environment in differing capacities ranging from recruitment for anti-government activities to less subtle activities such as normalizing violent hate speech and encouraging individuals to support or commit acts of violence and spreading disinformation.
Disinformation is information created to mislead, harm or manipulate. Prominent disinformation campaigns include the spread of false information throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the past election.
How many times did you read information from either of those two campaigns that caused you to become extremely emotional? Did you drop certain friends who didn’t agree with your viewpoint? Those actions and reactions are common among viewers of disinformation and are designed to subtly influence you to take action.
Don’t be fooled as disinformation is not just text and graphics, even videos and speeches can be faked. Check out this Deepfakes video for more on disinformation.
Exercising critical thinking can help you to see clearly and take appropriate cautions so that you do not fall prey to these influences.
What is critical thinking?
Critical thinking is an analytical form of thinking in which you question, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and make an educated and informed decision about the information received.
Critical thinking is a vital part of every instance of insider threat. Validating information, reviewing information from differing perspectives, and ensuring biases, perceptions and preconceived notions are all stripped out. Assumptions are challenged so that only the facts are left.
Key steps to identify disinformation include:
Employing critical thinking strategies will help you to identify disinformation campaigns.
For more information on Insider Threat Awareness, visit the agency’s Counter-Insider Threat Program 365 page (login required). To try the reporting demonstration, click here (login required) and discover how your vigilance protects DCMA’s warfighter support mission.
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