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11: What to Expect When You're Electing: Election Security Special, with Matt Olney and Steve Caimi
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11: What to Expect When You're Electing: Election Security Special, with Matt Olney and Steve Caimi
Aug 10, 2020
Cisco Security

Election security is right up there as one of the most important discussions of our lifetime. To quote fictional president Dr Josiah Bartlet, "Decisions are made by those who show up" and so protecting people's right to show up and be heard, is fundamental. That's what this episode is all about.

We have Matt Olney, Director of Talos Threat intelligence and Interdiction joining us today, to talk about his paper, ‘What to expect when you’re electing’. After the Washington Post first reported in the summer of 2016  on how adversaries had breached servers for one of America’s two major national political parties, Talos initiated what would become a long-running and hands on investigation into election security issues.  This included watching one state plan an election in real-time.

We were able to talk to Matt for about an hour (and we could have talked to him for far longer) and it truly is a fascinating story with many lessons learned, and it’s an important reflection on where America stands now on election security leading into the General Election in only 3 months time.  

Also joining us for the discussion, is Steve Caimi from the Cisco US public sector cybersecurity marketing team. Steve has over 20 years experience in cybersecurity and has an in depth knowledge of industry best practices including the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, the NIST Risk Management Framework, and the MITRE ATTACK framework. During the interview Steve provides many recommendations for security practitioners in the context of election security.

Back in the virtual studio, Ben, Noureen and Hazel discuss their own personal experiences of voting in elections from their different corners of the world.

This is just the start of our election coverage in the run up to November, but in the meantime, here are some resources you may find useful: