Election Security In the News: Current Issue
In This Issue
- See the latest election attacks in the Interactive Election Incident Map
- CyberDefenses's Perspective: Learn why continuous monitoring is so critical.
- What new security tools is the election commission is giving lawmakers?
- Pressure is mounting as lawmakers look to 2020. Here's why.
- Despite tense moments, election hacking isn't a partisan issue. Read one opinion.
- Majority of Americans believe the midterms were secure. Are they right?
- Learn how and where the 2020 election is vulnerable to attacks.
- CyberDefenses Blog: The importance of cyber intelligence in election security.
- Find out which events should be on your calendar.
Interactive Election Incident Map
In this interactive map, we capture information about the latest election cybersecurity incidents as they occur. Stay informed of the most recent attack locations and methods so you're armed with knowledge that can help you protect your data and systems.
Continuous Monitoring Is Key to Securing Elections
By Brian Engle, CISO and Director of Advisory Services, CyberDefenses
News of Midterm Election hacks continues to trickle in, proving not only that there is more work to be done, but that election security requires a constantly vigilant mindset. Any hacker activity is disturbing and undermines voter confidence in elections but learning about breaches and tampering weeks and even months after an election can diminish trust in the election process even further. It creates a perception that we can’t trust voting results at any given point in time.
This scenario underscores why being able to identify cybercrime activity early is such a critical part of mitigating the damage that hackers can cause in elections. But how can election organizations know that something is awry? What are the signs or clues that election teams can look for to catch nefarious activity as it is happening instead of after the fact?
Security monitoring has proven to be an effective part of strong cybersecurity strategies. Security Operations Center, commonly referred to as SOCs, employ proven methodologies, techniques and tools that catch suspicious events quickly. In many cases, a hack can be prevented before it even occurs, or it can be reported and stopped early if it does happen. Plus, continuous security monitoring gives election teams the ability to recover immediately so they can protect faith in the election results.
The Security Analysts who work in SOCS are well-versed on typical attack methods, so they know what could signify a potential issue as well as what is likely to be a false alarm. A few of the more common areas they typically watch are:
Another reason to add continuous monitoring services to your security strategy is it’s more attainable than you may think. You don’t need to have these capabilities in-house or hire a team of Security Analysts. SOC services are available from many reputable Managed Security Service Providers as a monthly subscription giving you access to expert security specialists who know how to efficiently monitor your network, systems, data and endpoints. They have the right tools already in place which gives you the benefit of pricing-at-scale.
The Cybersecurity 202: Election Commission Could Give Lawmakers New Tools Against Hacking - PowerPost
The Federal Election Commission voted on whether lawmakers can use leftover campaign cash to secure their personal tech devices and email accounts against hackers.
The Year Ahead: Pressure Mounts on Election Security as 2020 Approaches - The Hill
Pressure is already mounting on Congress to secure the 2020 presidential race from foreign cyberattacks or interference just weeks after the midterm elections. Lawmakers expressed frustration at failing to pass a bill during the current session, but are vowing to resume their work in January.
The NRCC Hack Shows That Election Hacking Is a Bipartisan Problem - The Washington Post Editorial
News from Politico that the National Republican Congressional Committee suffered a cyberattack by a possible foreign agent during this year’s midterm campaigns shows that election security is a bipartisan affair. It is, in fact, an issue for everyone in the United States, demanding a broad response from Congress and political actors across the board.
Poll: Majority of Americans Believe Midterm Elections Were Secure from Hacking - The Hill
The Pew Research Center found that 64 percent of Americans trusted that elections were secure, while 35 percent had little or no confidence in that statement. That’s a rise in confidence in election security compared to another poll conducted by Pew ahead of November’s midterms, during which only 45 percent of Americans thought the elections would be secure from threats like hacking.
2020 Election Is Vulnerable. Congress Needs to Guard Against Attacks Starting Now. USA Today
Earlier this month, Americans across the country went to the polls for the first time since the broad-based political attack Russia perpetrated against the United States during the 2016 presidential election. This was the first national test of the electoral infrastructure in a new era of foreign interference. Despite several alarms bells that were sounded ahead of the vote, in terms of foreign interference, the election was largely a success.
The Cybersecurity 202: Foreign Adversaries 'Will Continue to Push Misinformation' After Election Day, Official Says - The Washington Post
Election Day is over, but government officials are still watching out for potential interference in the political process after detecting online disinformation that was meant to undermine the midterms. Foreign adversaries will “continue to push misinformation” even after the election results are fully reported, a Department of Homeland Security official told reporters in a series of briefings on election security that lasted well into the night.
The Role of Cyber Intelligence in Election Security
by Monty St John, Director of Threat Intelligence, CyberDefenses
Implementing an effective cybersecurity strategy demands viewing security from all possible angles. If you are an election organization, not only is it important to make sure your internal environment is secured against attacks, it’s important to understand the external forces that could impact overall security. If you understand how adversaries are trying to infiltrate election processes, skew tallies, and cast doubt on the election results, you will be positioned advantageously when it comes time to shore up defenses.
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During the NASS Conference