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DNC Hack & RNC Denial of Hack Claim

By Tom Skeen

The Democratic National Committee announced on Wednesday that more documents have been leaked as a result of the DNC hack, prior to their convention. In addition, a Republican House Homeland Security Chairman said the Republican National Committee had been hacked. Later, the RNC released a statement that “there has been no known breach of the RNC’s cyber network” and the GOP Chairman releases a statement that he had “misspoke”.

Yes, it’s that time of year - politician’s making statements and then trying to retract them. We know that the DNC hack, due to a lack of security controls, has lead to more information being released this week. While the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee initially said through intelligence briefings, that he learned that hackers have targeted and hacked into the RNC – a claim that the RNC denies. Regardless, more information has been leaked publicly online and it’s likely that more will follow.

What does all of this mean?

Hackers continue to influence the U.S. elections.  Whether you want to believe it or not, the overwhelming evidence of this is quite obvious.  U.S Government officials and cyber security experts are concerned about Russian-based hackers.  

Aggressive government investigations are ongoing, but what is the likelihood that the malicious actor responsible for the DNC hack— and potential hacks against the RNC, will be stopped prior to the election?  And, even if they are stopped, what are the chances that there aren’t many more malicious actors in the cyber world involved in the same types of crimes.  No chance.


It’s Time to Take Control of Your Information

There are cyber security solutions that can be quickly applied to your existing infrastructure and solutions in a matter of days, not weeks.  Since individuals, inside and outside of your network, are sending and receiving data every minute of the day from mobile devices and various other systems, you must take control of who is sending what to whom, for starters. The alternative outcome will be just like the DNC hack.

Applying a secure data exchange broker will allow you to establish controls and dictate the “who’s” and the “what’s” of data delivery while having full audit capabilities.  

Many times, hackers simply gain access to an inside source, after the recipient clicks a link in an email, which distributes malicious software code. In other cases, a malicious insider will attempt to send confidential data to a malicious outsider. With a secure data exchange broker in place, it will prohibit these situations and therefore protect information.

Each day hackers are intruding enterprises and government in large numbers.  Their main goal is to compromise information for financial gain, notoriety and/or to manipulate outcomes of events, including elections.  As the custodian of your state’s data including all citizens, suppliers, partners and employees - the responsibility you have is significant and information must be kept safe.

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