Our Democracy is Under Attack
Our democracy is under attack. 2016 election meddling is a foregone conclusion, and there is mounting concern that the 2020 primaries and presidential elections could result in more cyber assaults on election systems than in prior years. Who’s at greatest risk: election boards.
Two of the critical responsibilities for election boards and officials are to oversee voter registration, and to administrate elections, both of which carry highly sensitive information susceptible to breaches. In fact, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 requires election boards to maintain a centralized voter registration database, a perfect target for bad actors who would seek to exploit voter data.
Election Boards are a Target
A “60 Minutes” episode, titled “When Russian Hackers Targeted the U.S. Election Infrastructure”, validated that the main target of the 2016 U.S. election was election boards and that up to 90,000 voter records were compromised. The reporting confirms how fragile the state of our democracy is: election meddling by foreign interests, database breaches of both political parties, and a high-profile breach of trust.
The security of sensitive data and credentials is top of mind, not just for enterprises and government officials, but for the electorate at large regarding voter information, who has access to it, and how is it used.
The reality is government agencies have voiced concerns that they will not be able to secure and protect candidates, voter information, or the election itself.
America Needs to Secure the Vote in 2020
“It is incumbent upon us to protect our citizens’ information, which starts with voter registrations and election integrity. In order to secure the vote, election boards need to protect their election systems, and more importantly, sensitive voter registration information against bad actors. That starts with adopting a new mindset that compromised privileged credentials are the main attack vector.”
— Tim Steinkopf, Chief Executive Officer, Centrify
Centrify is extending its Zero Trust Privilege solution to state, county and city election boards for the 2020 elections.