We wrap up our coverage of RSA 2018 with this issue. You'll find our notes on the conference here, as well as linked below.
Some quick notes from RSA relevant to election security. With mid-term elections approaching in the US, there's been talk of the states calling in the National Guard to help secure them. There's also private sector help available. We spoke to Tom Kemp, CEO of Centrify an offer the company's made to state election boards. He sees the fundamental problem as inadequate attention to the risk posed by stolen and compromised credentials. The company is prepared to make its technology available to state election boards at no charge. Centrify is offering to set up policies that will identify devices by various factors; some boards have already deployed Centrify's Identity Platform technology. So the offer's on the table.
And back to the National Guard for a moment. We asked Adam Isles, of the Chertoff Group, how he thought the Guard could help, given the likelihood of continued Russian probing of election systems. Isles thought involving the Guard would have its best effect if doing so enabled people with IT skills to receive focused training as weekend warriors that they were then able to take back to their jobs. Not an immediate fix, but a sensible and useful approach. And there are twenty-eight weekends until Election Day, time enough to hone some skills.