Cyber security concerns are growing for the elections and beyond
The US government is worried hackers from Russia and other places across the globe will hack and disrupt the upcoming presidential election so they’re coordinating unprecedented efforts to allay cyber security concerns come Election Day, current and former officials with the CIA and NSA told NBC News (here)
An academic research paper (full report) released just last month authored by Ben Buchanan and Michael Sulmeyer, tackles the question of risks and cyber security concerns and investigates how cybersecurity risks can influence the integrity the US elections.
“This past summer’s hacks and attempted network intrusions into a variety of Democratic Party networks and into election infrastructure highlight the urgency of the issue. The mounting evidence of Russian involvement, confirmed in an unprecedented statement by the Obama Administration in October, underscores the stakes.
“Two vital questions emerge. First, how concerned should we be about election cybersecurity? Second, how vulnerable is the United States to a foreign power or other actor trying to undermine the public’s confidence in our elections?”
In another report/survey from vendor Cybereason, examines the importance of cyber security to US voters. 70 percent of respondents said that cyber attacks were more threatening than ISIS, climate change and nuclear weapons. And cyber security isn’t just a concern in the context of national security. It’s one the most important issues to the country’s future, according to 53 percent of the voters we polled.
While the survey points to some acute concerns over cyber security,
it highlights the fact that neither candidate has addressed these concerns to any significant degree. “Given how concerned voters are about information security issues, you would think the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees would be more attune to this topic. But our survey suggests otherwise. Neither Clinton nor Trump have shared enough details on their respective plans to protect against attacks, said 70 percent of the respondents – Cybereason report here.