Working the phones at a campaign

Episode 175: Campaign Security lags. Also: securing Digital Identities in the age of the DeepFake

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

Andrew Peterson is the CEO and co-founder of Signal Sciences

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.

Episode 96: State Elections Officials on Front Line against Russian Hackers

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.

Episode 106: Election Trolls Are Afoot. We Talk To The Guy Who Watches Them

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.

Opinion: The Perils and Promise of the Data Decade

Dan Timpson is the Chief Technology Officer at DigiCert
Dan Timpson is the Chief Technology Officer at DigiCert

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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