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Report: NIST to use IBM’s Watson AI system to score vulnerabilities

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reportedly plans to replace its method of scoring publicly disclosed vulnerabilities with a new automated process leveraging IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence system. The agency expects Watson to supplant its current Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) process for most bugs by October 2019, according to a report…

Report: ‘Trump’ most common spam term during run-up to elections

The president himself may not be up for election in 2018, yet “Trump” is the most common term used in election-themed spam campaigns, according to a new report from Proofpoint.  Starting Sept. 27, Proofpoint researchers searched its spam filters for subject lines and email bodies containing various political terms, candidates and power players. In a…

State of security: Iowa

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Paul Pate, Director of Elections Dawn Williams Iowa uses nothing but paper ballots for all forms of voting, and then tabulates the votes with ballot marking technology or optical scanners. The auditing process has come under some criticism for a variety of perceived flaws, including its scope, which is limited to a…

State of security: West Virginia

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Mac Warner, Manager of Elections Donald Kersey West Virginia is attempting something unprecedented in this year’s 2018 elections: It will reportedly become the first state to allow residents and military members stationed abroad to vote in a general election using a mobile app. Overseas absentee voters will use this app, which is…

State of security: New Mexico

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Election Director Mandy Vigil From a security perspective, New Mexico is entering the 2018 elections from a position of strength. The Land of Enchantment relies solely on paper ballots, using only marking devices and optical scanners to record and tally the votes. Prior to the election, the state was to…

Iran claims telecommunications infrastructure was attacked by Stuxnet variant

Iran officials are reportedly claiming that a variant of the Stuxnet worm that disrupted their country’s nuclear program in the late 2000s was used in an attack on their telecommunications infrastructure last week. Iran is publicly pointing the finger at Israel, while claiming to have successfully defended the attack, according to multiple news outlets, including…

State of Security: Kentucky

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Alison Lundergan-Grimes, Executive Director Jared Dearing Kentucky’s reliance on electronic vote-recording devices with no voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) capabilities makes little horse sense, according to security experts. Citing documentation from Kentucky’s office of the Secretary of State, as well as press releases and news articles from the last six months, the Verified…

State of security: North Carolina

Who’s in charge: Executive director, Board of Elections Kim Westbrook Strach North Carolina this year received about $10.4 million in federal funding, which it has allocated chiefly toward modernizing its Statewide Elections Information Management System and migrating it to the cloud. This system reportedly manages voter registration, candidate filing, voting site management, election night reporting and…

State of Security: Delaware

Who’s in Charge: Commissioner of Elections Elaine Manlove Delaware may be known as the First State, but it certainly doesn’t come in first when it comes to cybersecurity. To document and tabulate its residents’ votes, the tiny mid-Atlantic state uses the Danaher Shouptronic 1242 – a push-button direct-record electronic solution that does not have a voter-verified…

Survey: Federal agencies slow to migrate to cloud, despite promise of security

Although a cloud-based architecture would offer cybersecurity benefits to federal agencies whose systems are in need of digital defense, many government entities are not yet ready to make the migration, based on the results of a new survey. Conducted by Alexandria, Va.-based MeriTalk, a public-private partnership whose mission is to improve the outcomes of government IT,…

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