Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

News

9/11/2015
01:00 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
0%
100%

Poll: Hillary Clinton Most Likely Candidate To Protect US From A Cyberattack

Among the long list of presidential candidates, Clinton emerges as a leader on cybersecurity issues in a poll conducted by Wakefield Research -- even though cybersecurity hasn't been front-burner in any of the candidates' campaigns thus far.

The controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for State Department business hasn’t damaged her image in some voters' eyes:  In fact, it might have strengthened her credentials as a cyber-chief who will deal with the nation's cyber adversaries.

Forty-two percent of registered voters think the former Secretary of State is the presidential candidate most qualified to protect the United States from cyberattacks, according to a poll conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of data security company PKWARE.

Clinton also emerged as the leader on cybersecurity issues among the millennial generation. Within this influential demographic, 47 percent of registered millennials say Clinton is the presidential candidate most qualified to protect the U.S. from cyberattacks.

Clinton is followed by Donald Trump (24 percent), Scott Walker (18 percent), and Jeb Bush (15 percent).

The Wakefield study examined American perceptions of the threat of political hacking, and which of the leading U.S. presidential candidates are most qualified to protect the nation from a growing onslaught of cybercrime. 

Sixty-four percent of the 1,000 registered U.S. voters surveyed online in August think it is likely that a 2016 presidential campaign will be hacked. This finding is interesting because none of the candidates are addressing cybersecurity in a significant way, says V. Miller Newton, CEO and president of PKWARE.

"If 64 percent of the American voters [surveyed] predicted a campaign will be hacked, why isn't [cybersecurity] taking a center stage in the candidates' campaigns?" he says. Over the last 18 months, there have been security breaches of epic proportions, he says.

The biggest one reported this year is the attack on The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, victim of a major hacking campaign that impacted more than 22 million people inside and outside government who had their personal information stolen -- a number five times larger than what OPM initially reported.  

At the same, the government says trust it with your personal communications, but there isn't a branch in the government that hasn't been hacked, Newton notes.

Financial institutions, movie conglomerates, retailers, and even medical insurers, also have been hit hard over the past few years, as attackers have gained access to troves of personal data.  A recently discovered attack on Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield and its parent company Lifetime Healthcare Companies may have exposed more than 10 million patient records.

Other highlights of the Wakefield survey include:

  • 23 percent of the respondents don't know what encryption is or used for, which shows how the technology is misunderstood, Newton says;
  • Only 40 percent of the respondents are using encryption to protect files;
  • 56 percent of the registered voters would be willing to allow the government to search their email, Internet browser history, phone calls, and text messages, if it meant protecting the U.S. from a terrorist attack;
  • 51 percent of respondents think China has the best hackers, followed by the United States (30 percent), Russia (13 percent), and North Korea (7 percent).

Wakefield Research conducted the survey for PKWARE between August 10-14 among 1,000 registered U.S. voters, using an email invitation and an online survey.

Rutrell Yasin has more than 30 years of experience writing about the application of information technology in business and government. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
dscott@peakvista.org
87%
13%
[email protected],
User Rank: Apprentice
9/12/2015 | 8:58:01 AM
Ignorance
The choice as Hillary being the one to most likely protect us from a cyberattack highlights how ignorant the American people are about security, and how gullible they are to her rhetoric. Hillary's email server was likely hacked, leaking untold information into the hands of China/Russia. Hillary had the briefings, and everyone who has had those same briefings and dealings with classified material knows she is lying. You would think by now the people would be wise to her lawyer talk about how the emails were not marked classified, which does not mean they were not classified. She is the last person I would trust to protect my secrets.
steuber
50%
50%
steuber,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/14/2015 | 9:37:23 AM
Re: Ignorance
dscott, you are exactly right.  Anyone placing trust in her at this point hasn't been paying attention.
techfounder
100%
0%
techfounder,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/14/2015 | 10:50:16 AM
Polls Only Targeting Supporters Always Achieve the Desired Outcome
Syaing that Clinotn is the most likely canidate to protect us in the event of a cyber breach is just plain silly.  If she can't grasp the importance of classified emails being protected how could she understand the layered security and the precautions required to secure other critical data.  

If we are talking about the candidate with the highest technical acumen without question that is Carly Fiorina.  She also happens to be the person with the largest network of global leaders and understanding of global economics. 
jblickenstaff852
0%
100%
jblickenstaff852,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/16/2015 | 12:19:15 PM
Re: Ignorance
Hillary is untrustworthy, dishonest, incapable of understanding security processes or procedures and would continue to destroy US government security.  She simply doensn't understand or care.
sford336
100%
0%
sford336,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/14/2015 | 9:54:54 AM
Ignorance
Hillary Clinton did nothing to protect an American Embassy from a Benghazi attack, people think she's going to protect the US from a Cyber attack? 

She intentionally circumvented email security protocols, but people think she's the best one to enforce them?

One of the surveys said that 47 percent of millenials said that she would be a good choice as a cybersecurity champion (paraphrasing).  Are these the same millenials that think Snooki would be a good candidate for Mother of the Year?

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
dfunk1
100%
0%
dfunk1,
User Rank: Strategist
9/15/2015 | 7:24:57 AM
Wipe It
You Mean 'Wipe it' like with a cloth?
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 10/30/2020
'Act of War' Clause Could Nix Cyber Insurance Payouts
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  10/29/2020
6 Ways Passwords Fail Basic Security Tests
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  10/28/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
How to Measure and Reduce Cybersecurity Risk in Your Organization
In this Tech Digest, we examine the difficult practice of measuring cyber-risk that has long been an elusive target for enterprises. Download it today!
Flash Poll
How IT Security Organizations are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How IT Security Organizations are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world -- and enterprise computing -- on end. Here's a look at how cybersecurity teams are retrenching their defense strategies, rebuilding their teams, and selecting new technologies to stop the oncoming rise of online attacks.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-15703
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-31
There is no input validation on the Locale property in an apt transaction. An unprivileged user can supply a full path to a writable directory, which lets aptd read a file as root. Having a symlink in place results in an error message if the file exists, and no error otherwise. This way an unprivile...
CVE-2020-5991
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-30
NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit, all versions prior to 11.1.1, contains a vulnerability in the NVJPEG library in which an out-of-bounds read or write operation may lead to code execution, denial of service, or information disclosure.
CVE-2020-15273
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-30
baserCMS before version 4.4.1 is vulnerable to Cross-Site Scripting. The issue affects the following components: Edit feed settings, Edit widget area, Sub site new registration, New category registration. Arbitrary JavaScript may be executed by entering specific characters in the account that can ac...
CVE-2020-15276
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-30
baserCMS before version 4.4.1 is vulnerable to Cross-Site Scripting. Arbitrary JavaScript may be executed by entering a crafted nickname in blog comments. The issue affects the blog comment component. It is fixed in version 4.4.1.
CVE-2020-15277
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-30
baserCMS before version 4.4.1 is affected by Remote Code Execution (RCE). Code may be executed by logging in as a system administrator and uploading an executable script file such as a PHP file. The Edit template component is vulnerable. The issue is fixed in version 4.4.1.