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What the Election Results Mean for Cybersecurity

While the election results were declared and a candidate won, this article covers what the election results mean for cyber security.

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After the DNC (Democratic National Committee) email hacks, and Donald Trump’s own claim that the 2016 election could be rigged, Americans have never been more doubtful about the integrity of their voting system. This was worsened when the FBI reported that Arizona and Illinois voter databases had been breached.

Other breach attempts were reported in twenty other states, suggesting that the 2016 election had been greatly penetrated by hacks. This has begged the question whether the integrity of the U.S voting system can be trusted.

While it is not clear to what extent cyber security may have influenced the outcome of the elections, these issues have led to numerous questions about the U.S cyber intelligence.

So, while the election results were declared and a candidate won, this is what the election results mean for cyber security.

There Is a Need to Understand Big Data

Understanding big data will enable you to come up with a comprehensive overview of network systems and to detect any threats. In doing so, you can create software systems that can detect abnormal network behavior and identify people who may be trying to access information illegally or who may be leaking sensitive information.

Big data analytics will ease security threat prediction. Data science technologies will make it possible for national security to detect threats easily because they can leverage predictive analytics. In fact, it is safer to say that the more data you can access the more you increase your chances of discovering something of predictive value.

With big data and advanced analytics, security can be enhanced.

Effective Tools for Application Lifecycle Management Need to Be Used

Finding a satisfactory ALM suite is considered impossible, and no single ALM toolset can be used to manage all the processes.

First, you need an integrated application management and not separate products for every phase. You also need to make sure that the existing tools are functional to tackle any technological advancements.

Security Should Be Enhanced in the User Interface

Your program’s user interface should have all the safety measures in place and should make it possible for the user to make secure choices without suffering costly mistakes.

With careful design, security and convenience should be compatible, and the user will not have to sacrifice convenience for security.

A simpler interface is mostly secure because the user has access to all the security features and is less likely to make mistakes. For example, if you decide to invest in triple net property, a simple voice biometric should grant you access to your property.

If your program handles data, the user likely expects the data to be a secret. You should attempt to protect such data.

The users also need to be made aware when they are transferring authority. For example, if a user grants authorization to an app or someone, the user should be able to revoke the authorization later.

Your design should also be able to make security choices clear, place all the files in a secure location, and secure all interfaces. These are the only ways to avoid massive company hacks.

Employ Hardware-based Security

Hackers are always targeting software security tools and network vulnerabilities, meaning securing your hardware components may be the only way to stop these crooks from altering your performance.

In today’s security environment, securing hardware components makes more sense given that most threats are delivered through network and software vulnerabilities. In fact, hardware-based security is more secure compared to software tools like antiviruses.

This also makes sense considering the expected increase in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.

The Software Architecture Needs to Be Strengthened

You need to research the common problems and consider the key scenarios to avoid putting your application at risk. Your application needs to be designed based on your requirements and scenarios.

Poor architecture implies that your software will be unstable and is unable to support existing or future needs. It can also mean the software is difficult to install.

Software architecture should focus on how the major components and elements within an application interact and are used by other critical components and elements. For this reason, it makes sense to combine design and architecture.

Good architecture will reduce any risks associated with software. For example, the Arizona and Illinois databases would not have been compromised if the software used for the system had been built on good architecture.

User demand for better support and faster results are some of the forces that should shape architectural decisions. Also, when building your architecture, you need to consider any future trends.


Laxity in cyber security can be a costly affair. It can alter the election results and can cost a nation.

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