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Election Threats: Ransomware at the State & Local Level

Crippling ransomware attacks are on the rise and U.S. cities are falling victim at alarming rates. The public sector is especially vulnerable because state and local governments tend to have outdated computer systems and maintain sensitive data which is highly desirable to attackers.

Join this episode of the Election Hacking series to learn more about the ransomware threat to state and local governments and what this means for the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
- The year of ransomware
- How cities and states are coping with the scourge of ransomware
- The ransomware dilemma: Pay the ransom or fight the infection
- How AI is enabling - and helping fight - ransomware attacks
- Ransomware as a threat to democracy

Moderator: David Morris, Executive Director at Digital Risk Management Institute

Panelists:
- Lee Imrey, Cybersecurity Advisor, Splunk
- Brett Foy, Global Vice President, Engineering, Datrium
- Lance James, CEO of Unit 221B

This episode is part of the Election Hacking Original series examining the threats to democratic elections, the technologies used to power and hijack elections, and what's needed to educate and empower voters before Election Day.
Recorded May 21 2020 58 mins
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  • Election Recap & Cybersecurity Lessons Learned Nov 19 2020 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    David Morris | Lee Imrey
    The 2020 U.S. presidential election has brought cyber security to the forefront for many in the U.S.

    From shedding light on disinformation campaigns aimed at disrupting the election, to testing voting machines and pentesting online voting apps, to raising awareness around the risk of ransomware and other attacks to local governments, voter registration databases, poll books and election reporting websites - security researchers and practitioners have been raising red flags throughout the election cycle.

    Join this episode of the Election Hacking series to learn about:
    - The 2020 election takeaways from a cybersecurity viewpoint: What went down, what could have gone better and how to better prepare for the midterm election in 2022
    - What the biggest election threats mean for your industry and organization
    - What have we learned and will it change anything in time for 2022
    - Post-election cybersecurity lessons for tech leaders

    Panelists:
    - Lee Imrey, Security Strategist at Splunk

    Moderator: David Morris, Executive Director at Digital Risk Management Institute

    This episode is part of the Election Hacking Original series examining the threats to democratic elections, the technologies used to power and hijack elections, and what's needed to educate and empower voters before Election Day.
  • Pre-Election Check-In Oct 29 2020 4:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    David Morris | Mick Baccio
    With the 2020 U.S. presidential election less than a month away, let's take a look at the current state of this election from a tech and cybersecurity perspective. What are the new challenges and threats to democracy that we have not seen in previous election cycles?

    Join this panel to ask your questions and learn more about:
    - Things to keep in mind ahead of Election Day
    - Lessons from recent cyber attacks in the public & private sector
    - Securing voter databases and election infrastructure
    - Election reporting websites and when to expect to hear the results of the election
    - Weeding through election interference and disinformation
    - What to expect after Election Day

    Panelists:
    - Mick Baccio, former CISO at Pete for America, and White House Threat Intelligence Branch Chief, Security Advisor at Splunk

    Moderator: David Morris, Executive Director at Digital Risk Management Institute

    This episode is part of the Election Hacking Original series examining the threats to democratic elections, the technologies used to power and hijack elections, and what's needed to educate and empower voters before Election Day.
  • Battling Disinformation, Voter Suppression & Cyber Attacks Sep 23 2020 4:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    David Morris | Lee Imrey | Mark Rasch
    This episode of the Election Hacking Original series will explore the impact of social media platforms on democratic elections, with a special focus on the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

    Join this panel to ask your questions and learn more about:
    - Has anything changed since 2016 and how
    - What can we learn from examples of other elections around the globe when it comes to the spread of disinformation
    - How has disinformation been used to suppress voting
    - What's new on the threat landscape for November
    - What is the likelihood of a cyber attack against elections

    Moderator: David Morris, Executive Director at Digital Risk Management Institute

    This episode is part of the Election Hacking Original series examining the threats to democratic elections, the technologies used to power and hijack elections, and what's needed to educate and empower voters before Election Day.
  • Hacking The Election: The Human Side [Part 2] Recorded: Aug 28 2020 61 mins
    David Morris | Neal O'Farrell | Barak Engel | Harrison Morris
    Please join us for a special 2020 Hacking The Election episode where we will go beyond the traditional bits and bytes of hacking the upcoming election.

    In this episode we will explore the other side of Hacking The Election; the Human side, covering such topics as:

    - Manipulating the electorate
    - Seeding mistrust in the election process and results among the voters
    - Fermenting anger and disenfranchisement
    - Polarizing the electorate

    A soft preview of what's to come in the November election.

    Panelists:
    - Neal O'Farrell, Founder at The PsyberResilience Project
    - Barak Engel, CEO, EAmmune
    - Harrison Morris, PhD Candidate Georgia Tech researching the intersection of Cybersecurity and Cognitive & Brain Sciences

    Moderator: David Morris, Executive Director at Digital Risk Management Institute

    This episode is part of the Election Hacking Original series examining the threats to democratic elections, the technologies used to power and hijack elections, and what's needed to educate and empower voters before Election Day.
  • Hacking The Election: The Human Side [Part 1] Recorded: Aug 20 2020 55 mins
    David Morris | Lee Imrey | Midori Connolly | Lance James
    In the age of data collection and targeting by the campaigns, what can we learn from Gen Z? When it comes to data sharing, privacy and security awareness, what has changed in the population mindset since 2016? Are the lessons from the Cambridge Analytica scandal still applicable today? A soft preview of what's to come in the November election.

    Moderator: David Morris, Executive Director at Digital Risk Management Institute

    This episode is part of the Election Hacking Original series examining the threats to democratic elections, the technologies used to power and hijack elections, and what's needed to educate and empower voters before Election Day.
  • Top Threats Campaigns are Facing and How to Address Them Recorded: Jul 22 2020 60 mins
    David Morris | Mick Baccio | Frank Snyder | Lance James
    As the 2020 U.S. presidential election draws near, let's take a look at the top cyber threats campaigns are facing this election cycle and what can be done to address them.

    The lessons can easily be applied to the private sector and enable organizations to take steps toward better security.

    Join this panel to ask your questions and learn more about:
    - Domain spoofing
    - Email threats
    - Information warfare
    - Cyber attacks

    Speakers:
    - Mick Baccio, Splunk
    - Frank Snyder, Yubico
    - Lance James, Unit 221B

    Moderator: David Morris, Executive Director at Digital Risk Management Institute

    This episode is part of the Election Hacking Original series examining the threats to democratic elections, the technologies used to power and hijack elections, and what's needed to educate and empower voters before Election Day.
  • SIM Swapping Digital Identities Recorded: Jun 18 2020 49 mins
    David Morris | Allison Nixon | Cody Hussey
    This Election Hacking episode will explore the recent wave of SIM swap attacks in the context of MFA compromise, account hijacking and data theft ahead of the 2020 election.

    Can SIM swapping be used to target and steal identities of high-value individuals in the 2020 elections (e.g. campaign staff, influencers, local election officials)?

    Join this panel to learn more about:
    - Why attackers are focusing on identities
    - SIM swap attacks and two-factor authentication
    - Phishing - most commonly used for SIM swapping
    - Other ways attackers can get the victim's info
    - What can be done to protect digital identities
    - Early SIM-swapping attack warning signs

    Speakers:
    - Allison Nixon, Chief Research Officer at Unit 221B
    - Cody Hussey, Security & Privacy Advocate, Solutions Engineer at Yubico

    Moderator: David Morris, Executive Director at Digital Risk Management Institute

    This episode is part of the Election Hacking Original series examining the threats to democratic elections, the technologies used to power and hijack elections, and what's needed to educate and empower voters before Election Day.
  • Election Threats: Ransomware at the State & Local Level Recorded: May 21 2020 58 mins
    David Morris | Lee Imrey | Brett Foy | Lance James
    Crippling ransomware attacks are on the rise and U.S. cities are falling victim at alarming rates. The public sector is especially vulnerable because state and local governments tend to have outdated computer systems and maintain sensitive data which is highly desirable to attackers.

    Join this episode of the Election Hacking series to learn more about the ransomware threat to state and local governments and what this means for the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
    - The year of ransomware
    - How cities and states are coping with the scourge of ransomware
    - The ransomware dilemma: Pay the ransom or fight the infection
    - How AI is enabling - and helping fight - ransomware attacks
    - Ransomware as a threat to democracy

    Moderator: David Morris, Executive Director at Digital Risk Management Institute

    Panelists:
    - Lee Imrey, Cybersecurity Advisor, Splunk
    - Brett Foy, Global Vice President, Engineering, Datrium
    - Lance James, CEO of Unit 221B

    This episode is part of the Election Hacking Original series examining the threats to democratic elections, the technologies used to power and hijack elections, and what's needed to educate and empower voters before Election Day.
  • Cyber Threats to Elections Recorded: Apr 28 2020 49 mins
    David Morris | Mick Baccio | Dave Klein | Allison Nixon
    With the 2020 U.S. presidential election on the horizon, what are the biggest cybersecurity threats our democracy is facing? How well is the election infrastructure prepared when it comes to cybersecurity, and what are some steps to take today to strengthen the security posture?

    Join this panel to learn more about:
    - The current government threat landscape
    - Which threats can we expect to see in the next few months?
    - Why visibility into the security posture of election infrastructure is key
    - What's needed to ramp up security quickly?
    - Recommendations for enhancing election security

    Speakers:
    - Mick Baccio, Security Advisor, Splunk
    - Dave Klein, Sr. Director of Engineering and Architecture, Guardicore
    - Allison Nixon, Chief Research Officer at Unit 221B

    Moderator: David Morris, Executive Director at Digital Risk Management Institute

    This episode is part of the Election Hacking Original series examining the threats to democratic elections, the technologies used to power and hijack elections, and what's needed to educate and empower voters before Election Day.
  • Elections, Pandemics & Cybersecurity: A Toxic Brew Recorded: Apr 21 2020 61 mins
    David Morris | Steven Teppler | Lance James
    This is a Special Edition episode in the Election Hacking series on BrightTALK.

    The Coronavirus outbreak (or COVID19), has redefined every aspect of our lives from the way we work, play, and receive emergency services.

    Remote interactions may be the new normal. How will this "new normal" affect our election process and what are the ramifications from a cybersecurity point of view?

    Will we be voting remotely in an electronic fashion and if so, what are the threats, vulnerabilities, and weaknesses? What can be done to prepare for a secure voting process?

    Panelists:
    - Lance James, CEO of Unit 221B
    - Steven Teppler, Partner at Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C.

    Moderator: David Morris, Executive Director at Digital Risk Management Institute

    Join this special episode of the Election Hacking Series as we discuss this timely and critical issue.
  • Deepfakes, Social & Impact on Elections Recorded: Mar 26 2020 61 mins
    David Morris | John Bambenek | Lance James | Dean Nicolls
    AI-generated fake videos, or deepfakes, are becoming more common, more convincing and easier to create. In the era of social, technically manipulated videos can spread like wildfire.

    This is a particularly sensitive issue in today's politically charged environment. With the 2020 U.S. presidential election on the horizon, foreign interference in elections is a real problem and social media the perfect gateway for sowing misinformation, discord and mistrust.

    Can deepfakes impact the outcome of elections? How easy are they to spot, and do you need a tool for that?

    Join this episode of the Election Hacking series to learn more about the emergence of deepfakes and what can be done to mitigate its impact on elections.
    - The current state of deepfakes
    - How deepfakes can be used in misinformation campaigns
    - Use of deepfakes in cyber crime
    - Social media and the spread of fake videos
    - How tech companies are addressing the scourge of deepfakes (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)

    Panelists:
    - Lance James, CEO of Unit 221B
    - John Bambenek, VP for Security Research and Intelligence at ThreatSTOP
    - Dean Nicolls, VP of Global Marketing, Jumio

    Moderator: David Morris, Executive Director at Digital Risk Management Institute

    This episode is part of the Election Hacking Original series examining the threats to democratic elections, the technologies used to power and hijack elections, and what's needed to educate and empower voters before Election Day.
  • 2020 Election – Hacking The Vote Recorded: Feb 24 2020 59 mins
    David Morris | Cameron Koffman | Tinatin Japaridze | Lance James
    The inaugural episode of the Election Hacking series will introduce the topic of who, how and why the upcoming 2020 election will be hacked.

    Join this interactive Q&A session to learn more about election hacking, its impact, the various stakeholders, and what if anything, can be done.

    Our unique panel of individuals will bring diverse perspectives to this topic.

    - Cameron Koffman, who, if elected, would be the youngest candidate since Theodore Roosevelt running for the NY State Assembly
    - Tinatin Japaridze, former United Nations correspondent for the Russian and Ukrainian media, with expertise in bi-lateral US-Russian relations on cyber security.
    - Lance James, CEO of Unit 221B and noted cyber security expert who has assisted various law enforcement and government agencies on some of the most highly publicized hacking investigations.

    Moderator: David Morris, Executive Director at Digital Risk Management Institute
Hacking the Vote - 2020 U.S. Presidential Election
Discover the cyber threats to our elections and the impact of social, AI/ML and new technologies on spreading political messages (or misinformation). Learn more about deepfakes, battling bots, foreign meddling, attacks on local governments and critical infrastructure, and how to educate and empower voters ahead of November 3rd.

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