Ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections, state election agencies are facing the prospect of interference from other nation states. Much like other any other industry, the threats they face are wide ranging and constantly changing.
At Denim Group we’re working to provide resources and recommendations for state agencies looking to improve their election security infrastructure for 2018 and beyond.
The prospect of nation state interference with our 2018 mid-term elections is a reality that secretaries of state are facing.
Given the fast-changing nature of the threat and the sprawling election infrastructure across the country, how are state officials securing their voting systems and databases in anticipation of the election?
The Help America Vote Act has distributed $380 million to the states for improving election processes and technologies. In his latest blog, Denim Group Principal John Dickson examines the issues that election administrators have presented for using these resources before the November elections
The politicization of enhancing election security hinders the effort, says John Dickson, principal at cyber firm Denim Group who has consulted with election officials in Texas. “We’ve fully transitioned out of the world of technical and objective to an entirely political realm, and I mean that in a negative way,” Dickson explains. “Now you’ve got […]
“I view this as one more indicator of continued nation-state interest in the U.S. 2020 election and further need for a reset of the dialogue on this issue,” said John Dickson, principal at Denim Group, a cybersecurity company. “There is broad consensus that the Russians were heavily involved in manipulating the 2016 election. Given the […]
Setting up mass robocalls for Election Day that purport to be from election offices but actually give voters wrong information is “very easy, very straight-forward” to do for those with malicious intent, said John Dickson, principal at Denim Group, a cybersecurity firm in San Antonio, Texas. “It might say, ‘Hey, we’re calling from the Tarrant County […]
“What I worry about candidly is that government is creating a TSA for elections,” cybersecurity consultant John Dickson told StateScoop. “It’s the lack of creativity and original thinking that will create a default where the only thing we can do is spend money and do rote testing.” Dickson said state and local officials should be […]
Of course, there are other ways to undermine an election. “Denial of service, robocalls,” said John Dickson, principal at Denim Group who advises business and government officials on cybersecurity. “There are so many cheap and easy things to do that are not involving some of the infrastructures that could totally undermine that.” Facebook and Twitter, […]
“There are so many cheap and easy things to do to undermine the election system that have nothing to do with voter infrastructure,” said John Dickson, a principal at Denim Group, where he advises business and government executives on cybersecurity programs. “It’s not about the voting machines. It never has been.”