Episode 23: Not a good week for Facebook

Note: My notes and what actually airs may be different.

Welcome from the racing capital of the world Speedway, IN, my name is Nick Sturgeon host and show creator. I am so very glad you are here with me this week as I am bringing you episode #23. So I never get tired of seeing IMS from the air. Which I got to see again this past Wednesday. Which makes my third time traveling in just over a month. One of the, and I hate to use this word or phase, but trade offs that I made when I took this new job was that I knew I would have to travel. I was fully aware of the requirement and in fact it was something I was looking forward to. This week I ended up traveling to Cleveland for some leadership training. This particular training is called Seniors Advancing In Leadership. I have to say it was some of the best training leadership training I have been to outside of my law enforcement career. Being that I am fairly new to the full-time consulting world and I am still fairly new to the firm I think the timing for me getting into this training was perfect. I have been to many, many different types of training, covering all sorts of topics. The ones that I absolutely find the most value in are those that teach me a skill and/or ability that I can not only use to reflect on past experiences but that I see immediate utility for future work. I also like the fact that this training was set up for two days and that it got straight to the point. No fat, no waste just the stuff that mattered. I think we all have been in those classes were there is a ton of fluff, it takes for ever to get to the good stuff and that substantive content is spread out. This style and format is really needed in the consulting world. Tell me what I need to know, how I can use it and let me get back to work so I can incorporate it in to my job. Granted in some of these trainings have a little bit of drink the Kool-Aid moments in them which can come off a bit hooky just to be honest. All in all the trip was good even though on my return flight I had to fly to East to Dulles to come back to Indy. But it ended up being a shorter overall time spend then going to O’Hare. Since I am on that subject I really do hate flying in to O’Hare airport, which I had to do going out to Cleveland. I am not a fan of the airport at all. Its always crowded and because of that it takes way longer to get from one gate to the next. There was at least one good thing that came out of the stop, I got to chat with a couple of Chicago PD officers for a bit. Any time I can chat with other officers I will take the time to do so. I one of the things I like to see happen is how their defenses and demeanor changes once I tell them I am a former trooper. You can physical see their body language change. I am happy to be back in Indy, happy to be home with the family and able to sleep in my own bed.

A little bit of other news is the Cyber.Now Podcast is a National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion. This means the show will be joining a growing global effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy. Co-founded and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, government entities, the military, educational institutions and young people nationally and internationally. NCSAM 2017 was an unprecedented success, generating 4,316 news stories – an increase of 68 percent in comparison to NCSAM 2016’s media coverage. Kicking off its 15th year, NCSAM 2018 presents an unparalleled opportunity to leverage the month’s tremendous adoption growth over the last several years and expand cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness globally.
“The Champion program continues to be a such a strong foundation for National Cyber Security Awareness Month’s ongoing and impactful success. In 2017, 1,050 organizations enlisted to support the month ¬– a 21-percent increase from the previous year,” said Russ Schrader, NCSA’s executive director. “We are thankful to our 2018 Champion organizations for their support and commitment to our shared responsibility of promoting cybersecurity, online safety awareness and the opportunity to protect our privacy.”

NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public- and private-sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing NCSAM in 2004, the initiative has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. I will have links to the program in the show notes.
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Lets get into an article. This first one titled “Voting Machine Used in Half of U.S. Is Vulnerable to Attack, Report Finds” from the Wall Street Journal states [Read Article]

Here is the problem based on what was reported earlier, which we talked about, to exploit this particular vulnerability, you have to have direct physical access to the machine. These machines are not connected to the Internet, so you would need to access while they were in storage or while they are at the polling places. Based on what I know of how things are done here in Indiana. Even if you made a change in the code or there are logical and other rules built in based on Federal and State laws and regulations. This does add a layer of complexity. Additionally those who are running have a decent if not really good grasp of their areas, understand the trends and expected voter turnout. If the numbers are not adding up or if something seems off they are going to raising cane fairly early. This would in sense act as an early warning system. These discrepancies would be challenged and votes wouldn’t be certified right away. Look at what happened during the Bush v Gore election in 2000. Those hanging chads were scrutinized hard core.

That’s it for this week’s show you guys. Thank you all for tuning in, I hope you enjoyed it. Again, if you want to join in on the conversation go to the show’s web page at http://www.cyberdotnow.com, Facebook and twitter. If you want to get a hold of me directly you can find me on Twitter @The_Polititech or email me at cyberdotnow@outlook.com. Finally, please remember to go to iTunes and/or SoundCloud to subscribe, rate, review and don’t forget to share the show. If you guys do all of that I will be back again next week to do this again. Until then have a great week, talk to you soon.

Links
https://www.wsj.com/articles/widely-used-election-systems-are-vulnerable-to-attack-report-finds-1538020802

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