Unlocking U.S. Election Cybersecurity with Security Keys
August 3, 2021
Government elections are an attractive target for cybercriminals aiming to disrupt and destabilize the foundations of U.S. democracy.
Elections comprise a heterogenous and fluid ecosystem and involve many moving parts and players: the voting public, high-risk/high-profile election candidates, campaign teams, departments and agencies, contractors, election staff and volunteers, businesses, the media, and more.
Cybercriminals seek to exploit any potential weak links introduced by this complexity. Official election workers, who have access to systems and databases, are popular targets. Threat actors will look for ways to capitalize on this privileged status to exfiltrate sensitive material and information or even lock down campaign operations through coordinated malware and ransomware attacks.
Hardened security devices coupled with swift, impenetrable multi-factor authentication keep election sensitive data safe and fend off domestic and foreign cybersecurity threats.
“2020 broke records for all the wrong reasons: While the COVID-19 pandemic dominated the headlines, data breaches in government multiplied and metamorphosed. Hackers and state actors cemented their unsavory alliances, forging greater tactical cooperation. They upped their game in both the number and sophistication of attacks, harnessing the power of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and 5G for their own nefarious purposes.”
- Dr. Manfred Mueller