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2020 Presidential Campaign Email Threat Index

See where top candidates rank on email security.

Email Authentication2Protects Voters and Donors Against Fraud
Advanced Email Security3Protects Campaigns from Breaches
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Deception 2020: What We Can Expect

Only a few weeks before the 2016 election, WikiLeaks published the emails of John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Those emails were stolen from his email account through a data breach and ultimately helped derail Clinton’s bid for the presidency.

A few months later—two days before the 2017 presidential election in France—hackers leaked nine gigabytes of emails from candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign.  The same cybercriminals behind that hack have since been linked to attacks on other campaigns in countries throughout Europe.

The 2020 US presidential election will be no different. In fact, unless candidates take the steps needed to protect their staff, voters, and donors, it could be worse.

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The Importance of Advanced Threat Protection

While the security controls of most webmail platform providers have grown adept at ferreting out malicious links and malware, they are powerless on their own against advanced, identity-based phishing attacks. Cybercriminals are taking advantage, sending personalized attacks to campaign staff to gain sensitive information and login credentials.

Advanced email protection, designed to stop these identity deception tactics before they ever hit the inbox, is needed. But despite the ease of implementing an advanced threat protection solution, only 15% of top contenders have done so.

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The Importance of DMARC Email Authentication

Another email-based threat could pose an equal danger to candidates and to our electoral system itself. For US presidential candidates with domains unprotected by the DMARC email authentication protocol, they risk finding their campaigns impersonated in phishing attacks targeting not their staff, but rather their most important constituents—including voters, donors, and the press.

When implemented correctly, DMARC authentication at its highest level is the single most important element in stopping attacks that pose as trusted brands or individuals—including political candidates and their campaigns. Unfortunately, only six of the top candidates have fully implemented DMARC to prevent fraudulent email from reaching voter inboxes.

Election Security 2020 Newsfeed

Read recent news about how election security impacts candidates.

October 24, 2019 | Bloomberg
FBI Video Series Warns Election Campaigns About Foreign Hackers

As the U.S. presidential campaign heats up…

October 8, 2019 | DarkReading
Iranian Cyberattack on US Presidential Campaign Could Be a Sign of Things to Come

Political parties and election systems…

July 23, 2019 | Newsweek
Russia Is Using Cold War Strategy to Undermine the Faith of Americans in the 2020 Election–Will It Work?

Three events occurring in rapid…

September 5, 2019 | The Atlantic
Why the 2020 Campaigns Are Still Soft Targets for Hackers

It’s the eve of Election Day 2020, and…

July 18, 2019 | Axios
New Rules on Paying for Campaign Cybersecurity

It just got easier for cybersecurity toolmakers…

July 11, 2019 | Security Boulevard
FEC: Campaigns Can Use Discounted Cybersecurity Services

The U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) said today…

July 12, 2019 | Tech Crunch
FEC says political campaigns can now get discounted cybersecurity help

In a long-awaited decision…

July 12, 2019 | Reclaim the Net
Almost all of the 2020 candidates are using bad email security practices

Research by the email threat protection…

July 12, 2019 | SC Magazine
FEC ruling allows political campaign to accept discounted services from security firms

Political campaigns can accept low-cost…

July 12, 2019 | Bleeping Computer
Most 2020 Presidential Campaign Not Using Proper Email Security

2020 U.S. presidential campaigns are not…

July 2, 2019 | Associated Press
US election security official highlights email threat

Beware the phishing attempts. An election security…

June 14, 2019 | The Washington Post
The Cybersecurity 202: Two leading Democratic 2020 candidates won’t say if they’ve taken basic cybersecurity measures

Two of the five leading Democratic presidential…

May 21, 2019 | Federal Election Commission
FEC Rules 2020 Candidates Can Receive Free Cybersecurity Software Defending Digital Campaigns to “act as intermediary”

Free or Reduced-Cost Cybersecurity-related software…

May 8, 2019 | Fast Company
How to fight 2020 election hacking: Here’s what cybersecurity experts say

An election security hearing is scheduled…

May 3, 2019 | AP
2020 campaign staffers being trained to handle cyber threats

While candidates were focused on campaigning in…

May 1, 2019 | The Washington Post
The Cybersecurity 202: The Census is vulnerable to digital attack. But Congress may be dropping the ball.

The 2020 Census faces major cybersecurity risks…

April 30, 2019 | TechCrunch
Nearly all 2020 presidential candidates aren’t using a basic email security feature

Three years after Russian hackers targeted and…

April 30, 2019 | Verdict
2020 Presidential candidates at risk from poor email security

Email is the origin of 96% of data breaches, which can…

April 30, 2019 | TechRadar
US presidential candidates aren’t using basic email security

New research has revealed that almost all of the…

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April 24, 2019 | The Mercury News
How a suspicious email led to a scare over Russian-linked malware in Contra Costa elections office

The email that showed up in an employee’s inbox…

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April 20, 2019 | The Washington Post
Mueller report highlights scope of election security challenge

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation…

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April 19, 2019 | TIME
The 2020 presidential campaigns are still vulnerable to cyber attacks. Here’s why

Most Americans aren’t yet paying a lot of attention…

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April 19, 2019 | SC Magazine
Mueller report details Russian interference in 2016 election, interactions with Trump team, WikiLeaks

Russian military intelligence apparently successfully…

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May 9, 2017 | WIRED
The NSA confirms it: Russia hacked French election ‘infrastructure’

Two days before France’s recent presidential election…

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Agari conducted what is believed to be the first voter poll on the topic of election security. Voters shared that they believe many 2020 U.S. presidential campaigns have already been breached, but the campaigns just don’t know it yet.

More insightful findings are contained in the full report. Download to read about the impact of foreign interference on votes and donations.


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