INTRODUCTION: Digital deception is a double-edged sword used by both blackhats and whitehats in cybersecurity. A status quo review of the reintroduction of digital deception can reveal challenges and initiatives and show how information behaviour expertise might inform cybersecurity research and vice versa.
AIM: To use a status quo review of digital deception to reveal links between cybersecurity and information behaviour and to stimulate further research.
METHOD: Critical review of digital deception in cybersecurity regarding whitehats and blackhats using an information behaviour lens.
FINDINGS: There is a need for research that tackles digital deception from both information behaviour and cybersecurity. There is also a need to bridge the gap between the two research fields and link cybersecurity concepts with information behaviour theories.
CONCLUSION: The reintroduction of digital deception in cybersecurity highlights the challenges for the unreliability of defence-based detection systems. Although many solutions are available from cybersecurity, information behaviour might contribute to multidisciplinary research on digital deception and the future of defence technologies. Understanding the interplay between whitehats and blackhats in cybersecurity can help information behaviour practitioners to design models or frameworks for predicting changes in information-seeking behaviour.