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Cylance® Researcher to Discuss Hacking Elections at the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology

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SPEAR team senior researcher Jim Walter will sit on expert panel

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, October 18, 2016 - Cylance® Inc, the company that is revolutionizing cybersecurity through the use of artificial intelligence to proactively prevent advanced persistent threats and malware, announced today that Jim Walter, senior researcher with the Cylance SPEAR research team, will be participating on a non-partisan, non-political panel called "Hacking Elections is Easy!" at a briefing hosted by The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT).

The briefing, which takes place on October 20 in Washington, DC, is based on two research papers on election hacking that aim to establish the need for a substantial discussion on the topic, to loosely define the relevant attack surface, and to demonstrate the need to secure electronic voting systems.

On the panel, Walter and other security industry experts, will discuss:

  • Vulnerabilities in our e-voting systems at the state and local levels
  • Risks of local and state-level election official and staff exploitation
  • Documented incidents of data breaches and attacks involving electronic voting systems

As a senior researcher for the Cylance SPEAR team, Walter focuses on next-level attacks, actors, and campaigns as well as "underground" malware markets and associated criminal activity. He is a regular speaker at cybersecurity events and has authored numerous articles, white papers and blog posts specific to advanced/low-level threats. He joined Cylance following 17 years at McAfee/Intel Security, running their Advanced Threat Research and Threat Intelligence teams and content streams.

"It's time to take a deep dive into the state of security in electronic voting machines and to be able to report on what is found," said Jon Miller, chief research officer at Cylance. "Jim and the other experts on this ICIT panel will be speaking directly to the groups who can make a significant impact on this problem."

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