Experts worry campaigns falling short on cybersecurity
Democratic 2020 presidential campaigns say they are working to boost their cybersecurity, but experts worry those efforts may not be enough.
Former acting CIA Director Michael Morell told The Hill he worries there is a “void” and that campaigns need outside help to fully address the issue.
“There is not a lot of initial thought given to cybersecurity,” Morell said about the campaigns.
Several campaigns insist they have prioritized the issue.
Chris Meagher, the spokesman for South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign, told The Hill that “our campaign is committed to digital security,” noting the hiring of a full-time chief information security officer (CISO), Mick Baccio, last week.
“Hiring a full-time CISO is one way we are protecting against cyberattacks,” Meagher added.
A spokesperson for the presidential campaign of former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) told The Hill they are “actively engaged in defending our operation from disinformation and other cyberattacks.”
But many campaigns have said little on their cyber efforts.