Presidential Election and Security

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 @ 06:09 PM gHale

Whether you like politics or despise them, there is no doubt cyber security will play into the 2016 presidential race, a new survey said.

Tripwire, Inc. unveiled the results of a survey of 210 information security professionals conducted in August 2015.

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As the number and scale of data breaches continue to grow, security issues are becoming part of our national discourse. The topic is already a key issue for the 2016 presidential campaign, and voters can expect more cyber security policy discussions in the upcoming presidential debates.

Over two-thirds (68 percent) of information security professionals would prefer to vote for a presidential candidate who has a strong cyber security policy, according to Tripwire.

“There is a big difference between a candidate who has a cyber security policy and a candidate who has an understanding of cyber security,” said Dwayne Melancon, chief technology officer for Tripwire.

“In the past, there have been unrealistic expectations regarding the government’s role in the cyber security space as well as difficulties in passing effective legislation,” he said. “It will be important for candidates to not only articulate their concern for cyber security, but to also share a concrete plan on how they will incorporate the expertise of respected experts, who can help craft practical, effective and sustainable cyber security policies.”

When asked what role cyber security policy and regulation play in the upcoming presidential election, more than half of respondents (54 percent) said it would be a key issue.

However, 32 percent of respondents acknowledged that while most candidates will discuss cyber security, these discussions will be mainly rhetoric. Only 14 percent of respondents believe cyber security will not be a key issue in the upcoming election.

“Politicians haven’t become more literate on the cyber security issue, but they certainly have become more aware of the financial results of inaction,” said Tim Erlin, director of IT security and risk strategy for Tripwire. “There’s no doubt that recent incidents have raised the political profile of cyber security in this country, driven not by a renewed interest in technology, but by the increasingly disastrous effects of successful attacks.

While the majority of respondents view cyber security policy as a key issue, there has been little agreement on the details of how government should be involved.”

Click here to view the survey.