To say that the 2016 U.S. Presidential election cycle has been unusual would be an understatement for a number of reasons. As a security professional, what stands out is the steady stream of cyber security-related incidents, particularly when compared to the U.S. elections of 2012 and 2008. We’ve all read multiple reports of high-profile compromises of party systems, numerous public data leaks, suspected nation-state interference, low-level hacktivism, and fears over the potential compromise of voting systems on Election Day.
Amidst all the noise and sensationalism it can be difficult to understand the true impact and implications of this activity. Mapping cyber events to polling statistics in an attempt to reveal direct correlations between activities intended to weaken a particular candidate’s position and reality is speculative at best.
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