In this episode of The Security Ledger Podcast (Episode #175), sponsored by Digicert: its been three years since the hacks made famous during the 2016 election, but online campaigns still struggle with basic security. Andrew Peterson of the firm Signal Sciences joins us to talk about why. Also: in part 2 of our podcast we’re joined by Dan Timpson, Chief Technology Officer at Digicert to talk about the fast expanding terrain of securing online identities in an age of ubiquitous computing, deep fakes and connected devices.
It wasn’t so long ago that the biggest scandal to crop up during election season was a love child, or a long buried DUI report for a leading candidate. In 2020, the biggest story may be a wonky and insecure mobile application, or a cyber attack on a campaign’s cloud based email accounts.
2020 Campaigns haven’t learned the Lessons of 2016
Political campaigns are bespoke creations that, at their height, may span all 50 states and involve hundreds of thousands of volunteer and temporary “employees.” More than ever, these campaigns operate online and leverage cloud based applications and services.
In our first segment, we’re joined by Andrew Peterson, the CEO and co-founder of Signal Sciences, which protects some of the worlds leading firms against web based attacks. In this conversation, Andrew talks about how the biggest risks for campaigns may not be sophisticated attacks so much as a lack of basic security hygiene and know how. Despite the lessons of the 2016 Presidential Election, Andrew says, most campaigns struggle to implement even basic security measures for staff and volunteers.
Securing Digital Identities in an Age of Deep Fakes
In an age of connected homes, cloud computing and deep fakes, securing online identities is a lot more complicated than putting a lock icon next to a web page URL. That’s why the firms that manage digital identities online are moving quickly to evolve their platforms and diversify their offerings to serve an ever growing number of use cases and a rapidly expanding population of Internet connected devices.
In our second segment, we sat down with Dan Timpson, the Chief Technology Officer at Digicert Security Summit about the rapidly expanding landscape for secure online indentity, including needs created by the shift to cloud, agile development and Continuous integration, continuous deployment engineering models. We also talk about the evolution of the online threat landscape -from ransomware to deep fakes – are putting a premium on securing online identities.
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