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Cyber Security and the 2016 Campaign Trail

If anyone thought the 2016 presidential campaign would shift media attention away from cyber security headlines, think again. In fact, as the candidates jockey for position, a number of cyber events have turned into major talking points for each of the hopefuls and brought the topic to center stage.

The controversy regarding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State has been a constant subject for major news outlets. In July, the FBI concluded its investigation into the matter, recommending against criminal charges. Nonetheless, FBI director James B. Comey had some harsh words for Clinton, condemning her “extreme carelessness” in handling classified information.

Far from being a side note in the race, the e-mail scandal has become a central point for the Trump campaign, which aims to discredit Clinton as being untrustworthy. Following a major hack of the Democratic National Committee’s networks, which was announced in June and believed to be a Russian state-sponsored breach, Donald Trump has addressed public statements to Russia, urging their state-based hackers to find the “30,000 emails that are missing” from Clinton’s server. Earlier this year, Clinton had attested that she deleted these emails because they were personal in nature.

The DNC hack, which uncovered approximately 20,000 classified communications, has been cited as a prime example of the unprecedented influence hackers are having on this election. Clinton has made this concern a part of her campaign, recently hosting a fundraiser in Las Vegas to curb cyber attacks. The event was scheduled to coincide with Black Hat and DEF CON, two of the cyber defense industry’s largest conferences.

The threat presented by hackers is increasing all around as government agencies and private companies alike rely more heavily on digital information sharing. The privacy issues surrounding the election serve to emphasize just how important it is to prioritize effective security, and they show how detrimental lacking security can be, particularly in terms of reputation damage.

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About Spence Witten

Spence has somehow survived ten years at start-ups and small businesses without suffering a (major) nervous breakdown. As Lunarline's Director of Federal Sales, Spence actually loves working on proposals. If there were any doubt, this is proof that he is in fact certifiably insane. While his title says "Sales" Lunarline doesn't let him off that easy. We make him do real work, too. Luckily he's a recognized subject matter expert in security policy and loves helping clients navigate their way around tricky security compliance standards. He's also been known to lead a software development initiative or two, though that pretty much always ends poorly for everyone involved. He can be reached at spence.witten@lunarline.com.