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Preparing for Cyber Attacks on Election Day

Posted on 11/7/2016 2:58:36 PM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian
Category: Security & Compliance

Concerns about the possible hacking of the polling equipment for tomorrow’s Election Day are growing. While many states have been preparing for other types of voter disruptions, such as hurricanes, blackouts and other natural disasters that would prevent voters from getting to the polls, the U.S. government has also created a few contingency plans against hackers.  

According to the NBC article, the U.S. government believes hackers from Russia or elsewhere may try to undermine tomorrow’s presidential election. This effort is being coordinated by the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and other forms of security like the CIA, the National Security Agency and the elements of Defense Departments, current officials said.

While many officials said that there hasn’t been an official warning of cyberattacks on Election Day, some believe that the attacks on Friday, October 21st was a potential dry run. The distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks which took down sites like Twitter, PayPal, and Amazon for hours, had all of the signs to be considered a drill.

It is important to advise your employees and team members to be cautious of the possible cyberattacks that could occur tomorrow. Be aware of the common types of spear phishing and other types of cyber security attacks to make sure your organization stays secure.