Why security pros are addicted to FUD and what you can do about it

After more than 30 years in the security industry, I must confess, I am (sadly) still addicted to FUD. For example, one recent morning I clicked (and tweeted) these cyber headline stories:

Indeed, big data breach stories and other major security incidents that keep offering large doses of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) to the world, just keep drawing me back.

Despite my best efforts to stay positive about cybersecurity and keep clear of that dangerous, addictive substance, bad news FUD is still winning me over.

But…. I’m not the only one, there are plenty of us that are tempted by FUD. In fact, it is my opinion that, despite professing anti-FUD rhetoric, the vast majority of cyber experts have the exact same problem – even if they don’t know it. Allow me to explain.