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Online Voting Is Coming, but How Secure Will It Be?

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It’s time for state governments to act as leaders, adopt digital ID standards, enable new online voting systems, and provide broad-based access to all communities for the benefit of all.

In November, the United States will hold a presidential election, and this one is without modern precedent.

Access to polling places has been a topic of debate since our first elections as a country. The current COVID crisis and the requirements for social distancing are bringing renewed attention to this issue of reduced polling locations, accessibility to the reduced number of locations, and the resulting increased restrictions on the ability to vote. Convenience, security, and verifiable identity are at the center of these conversations.

While the debate regarding in-person voting previously centered on the topics of number and location of polling places, the debate has widened this year as the physical health and safety of in-person voting takes on a new level of significance. There is a solution that addresses all of these issues: location, access, and health. It is online voting — an option that earns greater consideration every election cycle.

Experiments with online voting are still in their early days, and although the efforts are gaining ground, the hurdles are also significant. In pursuit of online voting’s very real benefits of convenience, speed of results, and improving participation, organizations need to tackle concerns about security, lack of Internet access for voters, and privacy.

Our company, OneLogin, recently undertook an extensive study to understand the perception and challenges of online voting and find out just how much effort the electorate is willing to go through in order for the risks associated with online voting to be reasonably mitigated.

What Steps Will You Take to Vote Online?
The effort that would be required to vote securely online is one of the many issues. Many security experts believe that citizens are simply not willing to take the necessary steps to secure their votes online.

However, most respondents (61%) to our survey were willing to take one to three different security steps to log in and verify their identity when voting online. Much smaller groups didn’t mind taking four to five steps (14%) or more than five steps (12%), with a similar number (13%) of voters saying they wouldn’t be willing to take any security steps at all.

The age of respondents also played a role, as, in general, baby boomers found online voting less appealing than younger groups. Nearly one-fifth (18%) of boomers said they wouldn’t be willing to take any security steps if voting online, which was significantly higher than similar responses from either Generation Z (8%) or millennials (10%).

More than half of the study respondents were willing to spend more than five minutes logging in and verifying their identity to vote online. Around one-quarter (27%) would spend six to 10 minutes and one-fifth (21%) would dedicate 11 to 30 minutes. Just 5% of people would dedicate more than 30 minutes to verifying their identity if voting online — even though voting in-person generally takes at least that long. We can see from these results that there are citizens willing to take the steps and spend the time necessary to secure online voting.

Regarding the actual steps that verification might entail, around half (55%) would provide a driver’s license number or use multifactor authentication (49%). After that, voters’ willingness begins to drop off significantly:

  • Provide my mother’s maiden name: 36%
  • Upload my signature: 35%
  • Provide my fingerprint: 35%
  • Provide my Social Security number: 34%
  • Upload a photo of myself: 29%
  • Provide a copy of my birth certificate: 20%
  • Provide a retina scan: 19%
  • None of the above: 12%

Understanding the Roles of Government and the Tech Industry
Despite the challenges, online voting is coming. The potential benefits are too significant for voting administrators to ignore because voters expect it in the near future. Most respondents (59%) expected online voting to become a reality within the next five years.

The right path forward will be permanent digital identification for each citizen issued and managed by the government on a state level, with a set of common standards for its use and management, similar to European Union’s system of electronic identification. We have already accomplished a similar set of common standards for physical ID’s post-9/11 with the Real ID Act and requirements for all states to adhere and implement common ID verification standards by the end of 2021.

With digital ID in place, the government and private sector companies can work together to create voting ID management systems, with enough organizations involved that there isn’t the possibility of a monopoly on secure information. Identity and access management systems will enable people to securely sign in and cast their vote.

Closing the Digital Gap
The greatest challenge to widespread adoption of online voting — as well as the most important — will be closing the digital gap that separates underrepresented communities. A 2019 survey by Pew Research found that only 58% of Black households in the US and 57% of Hispanic households in the US owned a home computer, compared with 82% of white households in the US. Similarly, only 66% of Black households and 61% of Hispanic households had broadband Internet, compared with 79% of white households.

Without closing this divide and providing digital access to underrepresented communities, we only solve part of the challenge.

Online voting will never completely supplant voting in person or voting by mail, and the efforts required to vote online will keep many people voting as they always have. But the technology is to a level of capability that the benefits of online voting far exceed any potential risks. It’s time for the bolder state governments to again act as leaders in the democracy experiment that is the United States, adopt digital ID standards, enable new online voting systems, and provide broad-based access to all communities for the benefit of all.

Brad Brooks is the CEO and president of OneLogin. Brad brings more than 25 years of experience leading global technology companies on a path towards success. In his most recent role before joining OneLogin, Brad served as DocuSign’s chief marketing officer, where he helped … View Full Bio

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Huobi expands fiat gateway to support AUD, GBP and EUR through Banxa

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Huobi expands fiat gateway to support AUD, GBP and EUR through Banxa

Huobi Global, the world’s leading digital asset exchange, today announced support for the Australian dollar (AUD), British pound sterling (GPB), and Euro (EUR) through Banxa, an internationally compliant fiat-to-crypto gateway solution. The partnership allows users in Australia, UK, and the European Union to purchase cryptocurrencies with their official fiat currencies.

By integrating with Banxa’s payment solutions, Huobi is able to provide users with more flexibility and choice in payment methods, while also enabling a seamless user experience. Users can access the new fiat-to-crypto gateway directly from the Huobi OTC site and deposit AUD, GBP, or EUR to begin trading cryptocurrencies in just a few clicks. Funds can be instantly added to a user’s account using bank transfers, debit/credit card, and other preferred payment methods with zero fees.

“Our partnership with Banxa allows us to support three of the world’s most widely-used fiat currencies, marking a significant milestone in our global expansion,” said Ciara Sun, Vice President, Global Markets at Huobi Group. “With our newly expanded fiat gateway, we want to help accelerate crypto adoption by making digital assets much more easily accessible to the masses. This integration introduces a new point of access for users in Australia, UK, and the European Union looking to enter the crypto market.”

Domenic Carcosa, founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Banxa said. “Huobi is a first mover heavyweight, with some of the most innovative products and services in the industry. As digital assets become mainstream and move toward mass adoption, regulation and transparency are key to building trust. That is why we’ve chosen to partner with Huobi.”

From the ‘Buy Crypto’ page on Huobi OTC, users can select the digital asset they’d like to purchase, choose their fiat currency, and enter the fiat value or asset quantity for purchase. After selecting their preferred payment method, which includes Visa and Mastercard transactions, users can purchase up to $20,000 USD worth of digital assets in a single transaction. The daily purchase limit is $15,000 and the monthly purchase limit is $60,000.

Users are also required to submit a one-time identity verification as part of the transaction process. Once completed and the payment approved, users can access their assets in their exchange account within a few minutes. From there, users can immediately select a trading pair and start crypto-to-crypto trading.

Sun added, “As we bolster our global presence and expand into new markets, we will continue adding new fiat on-ramps to give all users a frictionless onboarding experience. We recently set out on an ambitious new goal to empower 100 million households worldwide to own digital assets, so we want to ensure we make it faster, easier, and more secure for new users to get started.”

Source: https://www.fintechnews.org/huobi-expands-fiat-gateway-to-support-aud-gbp-and-eur-through-banxa/

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Australian Cyber Week 2020 showcases vibrant, growing sector

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Today, the Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, The Hon Karen Andrews MP, launched the fourth annual Australian Cyber Week, a week-long series of events and activities nationally coordinated by AustCyber – the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network.

The official launch event, featuring Minister Andrews, Innes Willox of the Australian Industry Group, Chris Painter of the Global Forum on Cybersecurity Expertise, industry heavyweight David Thodey and AustCyber’s CEO Michelle Price, will highlight the shift to digital through the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is accelerating the economy – a theme that will be explored further throughout the week through almost 30 events spanning the full breadth of the cyber security landscape for those within the sector, but also well beyond.

Held from 26-30 October, Australian Cyber Week 2020 provides opportunities for Australian cyber security and related organisations to showcase their capabilities and network with peers, potential investors and customers. It also provides an excellent way for cyber curious individuals and organisations to better understand what cyber security can do and mean for them.

“Cyber Week 2020 is one of AustCyber’s key programs under our mission to grow a globally competitive cyber security sector,” said Michelle Price, CEO of AustCyber. “The events during Australia’s Cyber Week connect Australian cyber capabilities with key domestic and international stakeholders who are contributing to the growth and success of the sector and creates further opportunities to enhance future economic growth.”

Australian Cyber Week has traditionally featured in-person events and activities at various locations across Australia. In 2020, AustCyber is debuting a new virtual conference platform which features 100% Australian technology. The 3D ‘circuit board city’ is the gateway to daily live events, a networking hub and exhibition hall showcasing booths which feature sovereign products and services. Online events will be complemented by in-person events in South Australia and Western Australia, facilitated through AustCyber’s National Network of Cyber Security Innovation Nodes.

“Each day, Australian Cyber Week has a feature event to demonstrate our globally completive cyber security ecosystem,” said Ms. Price. “The range of speakers is broad – ranging from CEOs of large corporates and venture capital investors, to ethical hackers, school students with a keen interest in cyber, and those with disabilities working within the sector.”

Later today, AustCyber in partnership with Cynch Security, Deakin University and RMIT University, will explore small business attitudes towards cyber security. While small businesses have had to fight for survival during the COVID-19 crisis, the unprecedented period of digital adoption has left many exposed to threats they are unprepared for. As Australia looks towards the future again, there has never been a more important time than now to understand the challenges this sector faces. This event will provide paths forward for building cyber fitness in the most vulnerable businesses.

AustCyber has partnered with CISO Lens and cyber security accelerator CyRise to host Sky’s the Limit on Tuesday 27 October. This event will feature ten Australian cyber security companies delivering short pitches to executives from ASX listed companies from key Australian sectors including advanced manufacturing, health, consumer services, mining and financial services.

To underline the importance of digital trust in keeping our digital activity secure and resilient, during an event on 28 October, AustCyber will simulate a significant cyber-attack on Australia through a hypothetical situation. Experts from the Australian Energy Market, Siemens Digital Industries Australia, TOLL Group and cohealth come together to examine the impact on critical infrastructure, crucial parts of our society and how it would impact almost all of us.

The National Missing Persons Hackathon 2020, held on 29 October, is one of the most innovative events to be held in Australia this year and is being held in partnership with the Australian Federal Police, National Missing Persons Coordination Centre and Trace Labs.

This event will see the gathering of ethical hackers and investigators using online investigative techniques within the bounds of the law to find new leads on 12 real missing persons cases in Australia. Contestants will be using their cyber skills to gather open source intelligence (OSINT) on long-term and current missing persons using only information that is publicly available on the internet. The goal of this is to generate new leads on cases that can aid the relevant Australian policing jurisdictions in their investigations.

“We are excited to be returning for 2020 and going virtual for the first time,” said Linda Cavanagh, National Network Lead at AustCyber and Founder of the National Missing Persons Hackathon. “Theoretical concepts are put aside so participants can operate in real time, with real data, for real human impact. Imagine the possibility of a missing person case being solved by the community using crowdsourced cyber skills! Helping close a case would be a great result and show the value and power of OSINT.”

Source: https://australianfintech.com.au/australian-cyber-week-2020-showcases-vibrant-growing-sector/

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How Comodo’s Auto-Containment Technology Is Helping an IT Company Provide Ransomware Protection to Clients

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The proliferation of ransomware in recent times has made many companies sit up and assess their existing IT infrastructure, especially their IT security solutions. While many of the security solutions that businesses have been using for several years now help to mitigate the threat of ransomware, they are not built to thwart these threats completely.

This is one of the main reasons the number of ransomware attacks surged during the first half of 2020. One company that realizes the need for better protection ransomware and other cyber-threats is Global Tech Solutions.

The Problem That Led the Founder of Global Tech Solutions to Comodo’s Auto Containment and Threat Detection Technology

Based in Rockville, Maryland, Global Tech Solutions provides a one-stop-shop for a wide array of first-class IT solutions specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of businesses. The company allows businesses to get the most out of their use of technology by offering a diverse range of tech services that improve profitability and growth.

The team at Global Tech Solutions looks to achieve client satisfaction through a holistic understanding of their technological needs and specifications. “For over 25 years, we have provided trusted support and innovative solutions to solve organizations’ most important Information Technology issues. We are committed to ensuring every customer finds success through technological solutions that drive results,” says Jessy Nguyen, the CEO and founder of the company.

Before founding Global Tech Solutions, Jessy Nguyen was working for a company that used Webroot and Malwarebytes as its antivirus and threat detection platform. While Nguyen was still at the company, one of the accounting teams got malware through a Word document and it infected the whole department.

As the person in charge of the company’s IT security, Nguyen was searching for a better solution than the existing one when he came across Comodo which had the auto-detection feature. At that time, ransomware was a widespread problem. Knowing this, Nguyen contacted Comodo for a demo. Thereafter, the company implemented Comodo in its IT infrastructure. Soon, all the threats were detected and contained and there was zero infection in the whole IT ecosystem.

This impressed Nguyen and when he created Global Tech Solutions, Comodo was a natural choice and preferred partner for him.

How the Partnership with Comodo Is Helping Global Tech Solutions to Provide Individualized Tech Solutions to Clients While Maintaining Top-Notch Security

Global Tech Solutions chose Comodo’s Dragon Platform with Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP), which is a patent-pending auto containment technology with active breach protection that neutralizes ransomware, malware, and cyber-attacks.

One of the main reasons Global Tech Solutions chose Comodo was because of its auto containment and threat detection feature. The auto containment runs an unknown executable in a kernel API virtualized mode, thereby offering attack surface reduction (ASR), which neutralizes ransomware attacks.

Additionally, Comodo’s AEP utilizes a Default Deny Platform to provide complete protection against zero-day threats while having no impact on end-user experience or workflows. Lastly, Comodo’s Valkyrie gives a trusted verdict on all files related to ransomware phishing and malware. “We partnered with Comodo because we needed first-class solutions with robust features and functionality, in a simple dashboard, without high overhead cost,” remarked Nguyen.

While the advanced technology of Comodo improves the operations of Global Tech Solutions, Nguyen says that the best part about working with Comodo is its customer service. According to him, whenever he has an issue or doesn’t know how to do something, there’s always someone on the line guiding him through the whole process to help resolve any issues that he or his clients may have.

“Comodo’s Dragon platform gives us and our clients relief knowing that endpoints will not be compromised by a ransomware attack or malware. We switched some customers from Webroot to Comodo because of the flawless and proactive threat protection and the cutting-edge auto-containment features. The complete solution set, which includes AEP, RMM, Service Desk, Mobile Device Management, and Secure Internet Gateway, has enabled us to offer streamlined and extensive features and functionalities without adding a high cost to us or our customers,” says Nguyen.

Comodo’s solutions provide Nguyen and the team at Global Tech Solutions with actionable intelligence and the capacity to protect all domains of business activity and threat—from network to web to cloud—with confidence and efficacy.

According to Alan Knepfer, President and Chief Revenue Officer at Comodo, “We’re constantly expanding our product and service portfolio to help our partners gain the technological advantage and edge over their competition.”

Global Tech Switched Customers from Webroot and Malwarebytes to Comodo after Malware Infections

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