A Majority Of The Presidential Campaigns Aren’t Prepared For Cyber Threats

But simple security measures, if implemented, could make a big difference especially when it comes to email attacks.

By Shelly BrisbinDecember 5, 2019 3:49 pm,

Despite the security breach that resulted in thousands of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee in 2016, only one-third of the 2020 U.S. presidential candidates are using any email security feature that could prevent similar hacking attacks.

Tech expert Omar Gallaga says there’s various threats campaigns face when they’re not prepared to prevent hacking. 

“Email addresses could be exposed,” Gallaga says. “[Hackers] could send out fake emails, and [campaigns] could also be subject to foreign influence or cyberattacks. A lot of the things we saw in 2016 could happen again, and it seems like a lot of campaigns just haven’t learned that lesson.” 

But Gallaga says there are simple security measures that could help, though only a handful of campaigns are using them.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– What types of possible cyber attacks threaten campaigns

– How campaigns can implement certain security measures to prevent cybertheft

– Which candidates are most vulnerable to attacks

– Who might be responsible for the hacking and why


Written by Antonio Cueto.