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
“I don’t think the impact on the tabulation, and the counting of votes is going to come to fruition,” says John Dickson, principal at Denim Group. “There might be influence operations, but no disruption of polling.” Tonight – when all eyes are on the Web, the news, and the election reporting – is the more […]
“I see a sense of urgency in terms of [election security] funding at the federal level, but I don’t yet see that translate to the state and local level,” said John Dickson, a former intelligence officer with the U.S. Air Force, who today works with the government-focused security firm the Denim Group. Dickson, who recently […]
Elections are the most fragile component of our democracy and the most vulnerable to influence. Although much has been written about election security and hacking voting machines, I worry that the most vulnerable facet of our election is the electorate itself. As we rapidly approach the November presidential election, we should prepare ourselves for what […]
In an interview, John Dickson, principal at the cybersecurity firm Denim Group, said that U.S. politics create a barrier to making online voting a reality. “Technologically, we are getting closer, but politically, not so much,” Dickson said. “Look to individual states to act as ‘petri dishes’ as they experiment with different types of mobile or […]
We all learned in 2016 that there are multiple ways for bad actors to disrupt an election process. While it’s natural to focus attention on the possible hacking of elections systems, John Dickson sees problems elsewhere. Dickson, a former Air Force intelligence officer, is principal of the Denim Group, a San Antonio-based cybersecurity firm. During […]
The hacking groups appear to be focused on creating fear, uncertainty, and doubt about U.S. elections systems, added John Dickson, principal at security vendor Denim Group. “When you are trying to undermine confidence across the entire election process, you have a wide aperture,” he told the Washington Examiner. “Nation-state actors are less interested in influencing […]