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Black Hat 2018: 10 Execs On The Top Cybersecurity Threat America Faces Around The 2018 Midterm Elections

CRN asks 10 security executives and technical leaders attending Black Hat 2018 what election-related threats should be most worrisome to the government and general public.

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Widespread Electronic Voting

Electronic voting should be limited to those who are blind and disabled since it's much easier to manipulate than traditional voting methods, according to Sophos Principal Research Scientist Chester Wisniewski. As bad as the hanging chads were from the 2000 election, Wisniewski said voting on computers introduces new risks such as hacked software or a compromised thumb drive.

The multitude of voting systems within most states makes it difficult for the state to address vulnerabilities or put protections in place to thwart known weaknesses, Wisniewski said. However, the multitude of different voting systems would made it difficult for bad actors to carry out a large-scale manipulation of the actual votes themselves, according to Wisniewski.

A more formal, multistate protocol for communicating election-related information needs to be put in place so that the FBI can get news about cyberthreats or detected security issues out to state and county election officials immediately, Wisniewski said. Any delays in communication end up leaving municipalities and counties vulnerable, according to Wisniewski.

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