RTP180+NC State to present fake news and brews on Oct. 24

In today’s news cycles, fake news is real news; it’s just a matter of perception. So what’s the angle? Just like phishing, fake news is meant to lure you into accepting a falsehood as the truth. Don’t bite!

During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, NC State will presentRTP180+NC State: Fake News” on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Coastal Ballroom of Talley Student Union. A networking social will begin at 5 p.m. and the main event at 6 p.m.

Wade Minter, public address announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes, will emcee the event and will lead five area experts in a whirlwind TedTalk style conversation where each has five minutes to speak on the:

  • science and psychology behind fake news; and
  • current platforms available to help you detect fake news on the internet.

Tim Lowman of NC State’s Office of Information Technology will show you how phishing is a “greed and confidence” game. Lowman will break down the six stages of a phishing attack that cyber criminals use to trick or lure you into acting on their behalf. He’ll also discuss the different types of phishing attacks that are targeting NC State’s campus and the security measures the university is employing to detect and combat them.

Get your questions answered and mingle with a diverse group of participants from around the Triangle.

Sponsored by NC State’s Office of Information Technology and RTP180, this event is free and open to the public. Dell will provide free drinks by NC State Brewery and Puppet will provide appetizers. There also will be opportunities to win great prizes, including an Amazon Echo, technology training course, Wolfpack Outfitters gift card, swag bags, and more.

To register, visit EventBrite and use the password NCSTATE.

For more cybersecurity events occurring during October, see Protect the Pack: SecureU.