Rebuilding Trust After the 2016 Election

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 not just the president and his spokespeople, but also Senator McConnell. It’s so wrapped up in politics it’s almost become a litmus test of if you think the Russians were meddling.”

And this infighting will only embolden the Russians to conduct similar efforts against the 2020 elections.

“When you’re dealing with the [Russians], I’m assuming you’re doing basic blocking and tackling. This is an information operation,” Dickson says. “The technical part of it is purely a means to an end. The real focus is around the ability to undermine confidence—and that can be done purely through social media. You don’t have to break the election system.”

Categories: Election Security

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