Tripwire Survey: Security Professionals Unconcerned About Cyber Security Impact of US Presidential Election

PORTLAND, Ore. — July 19, 2016 — Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of endpoint protection and response, security and compliance solutions, today announced the results of a survey of over 400 information security professionals who attended Infosecurity Europe 2016. The conference took place June 7-9, 2016, at the Olympia Conference Centre in London.

According to Tripwire’s survey, nearly half of security professionals believe the current U.S. presidential campaign will not have a lasting impact on global cyber security. When asked if they were concerned that the U.S. presidential election would have a negative impact on global cyber security, fifty-four percent of the respondents said, “no.”

“There is a big difference between having candidates who have a cyber security policy and candidates who have an understanding of cyber security,” said Dwayne Melancon, chief technology officer for Tripwire. “Given the difficulties in passing effective cyber security legislation and the often unrealistic expectations regarding the government’s role, it’s not surprising IT professionals believe the outcome of the presidential election will not have a big impact on global cyber security.”

Cyber attacks targeting political parties and candidates have increased throughout the U.S. presidential election cycle. In March, hacktivist group Anonymous published personal details pertaining to Donald Trump, including the presumptive nominee’s cell phone and social security number. Meanwhile, hackers who may have been associated with the Russian government infiltrated the Democratic National Convention’s computer network and stole opposition research in June.

Melancon continued: “One topic on the minds of many corporate executives is the lack of clarity regarding where the influence and authority of the government begins and ends with regard to cyber security. For example, what is the government’s role in the protection of private corporations from nation-state attacks – and what should it be? We’re moving into a new era in the intersection of cybersecurity and everyday society, government leaders need to lead the world in adapting to cyber security threats in a sensible way.”

For more information on Tripwire’s surveys, please visit: http://www.tripwire.com/company/research/.

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