Election 2020: The Wider Implications of Security Weaknesses & Actions to Take Now
Date & Time
Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 10:40 AM - 11:10 AM
The integrity of elections is critical to democracy and the various private and public organizations that keep a country and its economy running effectivey. Yet elections are threatened now more than ever by nation-state actors from around the world and other forces keen on influencing results or cashing in through social engineering and disinformation/misinformation campaigns. As well, bad actors seeking access through backend systems that support elections also can lead to wider compromises, including the theft of administrative credentials and wider privileged access. Security gaps in various systems that leave the electorate and myriad organizations vulnerable must be addressed. We explore the causes and effects of these attacks and discuss ways to shore up security controls to help protect not only the integrity of the election process, but countries' critical infrastructure organizations and other entities.