Election Security Threats: From Misinformation to Voting Machine Flaws

From insecure voting machines to social media misinformation, governments have alot to think about when it comes to securing elections.

Election security continues to be a top concern – from social media misinformation campaigns, to vulnerabilities in the actual voting machines themselves.

At Black Hat USA 2019, Threatpost caught up with Matt Olney, director of threat intelligence at Cisco Talos, to discuss the challenges that elections are facing.  On one hand, election security is now top of mind for the information operations space in Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies looking to battle misinformation campaigns, cyber-influence operations and other, newer threats like deep fakes. On the other hand, voting machines themselves and the vendors who make them are becoming more vigilant about vulnerability issues in their platforms.

“The good thing is that we’re now having these conversations,” said Olney.

For the full interview from Black Hat, see Threatpost’s video, below.  

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