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April 4, 2018

ACS Center’s Michael Figueroa Discusses the Technical Disconnect in Election Security

When officials explore the issues surrounding election integrity in the United States, one obstacle tends to frame those discussions: the huge chasm that exists between the technology sophistication of cyber attackers intent on disrupting U.S. elections, and the technology sophistication of the officials who run those elections. Even an attack as low-tech as an email phishing campaign, where attackers try and trick locals into opening malware attachments, can prove effective when those safeguarding voter integrity are not comfortable with the technology. Training those officials is certainly an essential first step, but will it be even close to enough?

In this podcast, we caught up with Michael Figueroa, executive director of the Advanced Cybersecurity Center to discuss how much of a technical disconnect there really is. 

Laura Paine is a senior product marketing manager at Veracode, based in Burlington, MA.

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