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Venafi reveals security concern about election infrastructure

Venafi reveals security concern about election infrastructure

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Venafi, an inventor and leading provider of machine identity protection, has announced the results of a survey on election infrastructure cybersecurity. The survey evaluated the opinions of 485 IT security professionals attending RSA Conference 2020.

According to Venafi’s survey, 70% of security professionals believe their local governments cannot adequately defend election infrastructure against domestic and international cyberattacks. In addition, 75% believe that the spread of disinformation is the greatest threat to election integrity.

“Many of the cyberattacks targeting elections come from machines, which can automatically spread information and direct attacks on the systems that count votes,” said Kevin Bocek, Vice President of Security Strategy and Threat Intelligence at Venafi. “Security professionals are rightly concerned about cyberthreats impacting the democratic process. Organisations may have difficulty curbing deceptive or inaccurate information from people – however, they can keep their machines from spreading malicious disinformation.”

Bocek continued: “The election season is already in process and COVID-19 adds a new layer of security complications. Cyberattackers may take advantage of this period of uncertainty to undermine further public confidence by spreading disinformation. As a result, it’s not surprising security professionals are concerned that governments won’t be able to safeguard election data.”

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