CNBC: Robert Herjavec on Cybersecurity Risks Facing the 2020 President Election
November 3, 2020
Herjavec Group CEO & Founder Robert Herjavec joined CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” on U.S. Election Day to discuss security risks facing the 2020 Presidential Election.
Robert notes that cybersecurity is the ability to ensure three things: Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability. Availability and integrity are critical to this election, such as the availability of the government to receive electronic votes and the integrity of the actual election results. Anything that calls these two factors into question is a threat to democracy and to the nation.
Robert highlights that social media can be used to sow doubt and mistrust, which has the potential to be very dangerous, especially if the results are uncertain. Deepfakes, bots, and similar tactics leveraged by threat actors and nation-state hackers will be seen in increasing numbers. The longer we don’t know the outcome of the election, the more serious this problem becomes.
Robert references the recent wave of ransomware attacks on U.S. healthcare organizations as he warns about cybercriminals' "sleight of hand".
"Everyone is focused on the election, so this is a great time to attack an enterprise," he states, confirming that it is important for businesses and end-users to remain #CyberAware, "it's about where you focus today."
To watch the full interview, see below.