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VCW 2021: How can Cybersecurity Best Practices Protect Election Integrity in Developed and Developing Democracies?
October 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDTFree
Join our next Virtual Cyber Workshop (VCW) 2021 on Election Integrity.
In an effort to keep our members, the Greater Washington DC region, and the world informed and connected we are holding a series of FREE Cyber workshops. We want to give you an outlet as we all adjust to the new norms we are faced with as a result of the escalating health concerns related to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
We have a great lineup of presenters who will cover a variety of interesting topics for which one (1) CPE can be earned for each webinar attended. You will need to self-certify, however, as GWDC will not be sending you a CPE certificate.
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Election Integrity VCW 2021
Topic 1 - How Cybersecurity Best Practices Protect Election Integrity in Transitional Democracies
Election insecurity and issues of its integrity affect voters’ confidence. Allowing attackers to subvert election infrastructures weakens the credibility of the voting results. Presently, there is no particular way of addressing this lack of voter trust. This study aims to address such a gap by establishing the role of cybersecurity measures and best practices in solving the challenges facing election security. The study first provides a historical overview of voting systems in the U.S. and Kenya, threats in technologies in elections systems within these two countries, and examples of known mitigations for these insecurities. Election integrity is defined along with an elaboration on when an election meets such integrity criteria. The author further examines threats actors that interfere in elections, the types of cyberattacks the actors use to affect election integrity and the motives that inspire them to disrupt the traditional selection processes. This research delves into a cross-disciplinary inquiry of seeking effective cybersecurity measures that could be used to maintain voter’s trust and protect election integrity. The author proposes a qualitative case study method with data collected through interviewing election practitioners and cybersecurity experts. One of the expected outcomes of this study is to highlight the lessons that both states have learned from their last elections and how they could conform to new technology to protect their elections. The ultimate goal is to develop a consistent, widely accepted set of cybersecurity best practices that could secure election infrastructure.
MEET THE SPEAKER of Election Integrity VCW 2021
CISM, DSc, Security+
Osei Hyiamang is the President and Founder of Shiamang Widows Care Foundation and is a Doctoral Candidate in Cybersecurity at Marymount University. Osei also holds a Security+ certification through CompTIA and is a Certified Information Security Manger (CISM).
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