2020 election protection in the spotlight

Cybersecurity expert Larry Whiteside discusses steps the United States needs to take in order to safeguard the 2020 presidential election.
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In for more on this now on the cyber threats we face coming out of the 2016 election and everything that was learned. I by the Moeller investigation and want to bring in a cyber security analyst joining us now by Skype from Tampa Florida Larry Whiteside who Gerri great to see you. Sir want to start by asking you. Abouts there was something that really struck me in this report which. Is that the scale of the hacking against the US. Political system was bigger than we thought. Also striking that trump campaign officials were re tweeting. A Russian bots the Russians were organizing campaign rallies dozens of them. How can we as voters in every day citizens sort of snuff that stuff out how what can we look for. Yes so so it's tough I'll be honest so first thank you for having me. Com as it relates to what regular everyday people can do. Honestly it's check your new sources. If if you're not finding stories. That you see reported to you from certain resources in multiple places. That a reputable and ABC news a CBS news CNN and MSNBC some little place of the Washington Post a Wall Street Journal. Are you should question. This one of the biggest challenges of our election season misinformation and end unfortunately. What has that happened more group got a hold information sources more towel right to lease social media environment. Twitters. The answer grams of FaceBook we've got to do more as a society. Sources and let and so allowing this to be a freewheeling red. It's almost sort of like the deal terror monitor if you see something say something in. Jaws almost in collier's intelligent comment on all of us to check our sources and say some that if we see some phony. That's correct and end. It's it's easy to say unfortunately. The way we interact. With social media are so quick to believe the first thing to get screwed in front of us we tended and share and the problem does exacerbate itself. And so you may be connected to somebody that you think is a friend. Let you don't really been no and we are. Quick to won't get like some follows in Orleans a little things in our need for this attention that we miss you know checking the beginning of whether starter. And wearied Jordan house hearing what used he as the biggest take ways front this report. And what are the biggest lessons learned going into to when he twenty. So. The biggest takeaways is lead the amounts. Of effort being put in to providing misinformation. Two. Voters. And I think the biggest take away is for voters to really shed their fat is to look at. Political look at different things that we know historically have been that good social information. Com what we as voters tuned to get challenged because we have this. Right wing left wing up mentality. You that happens and so we begin to believe that certain sources are and so than being independent they are swayed one way or another so we don't want to watch those sources that we don't wanna follow those sources because of our beliefs and them being swayed so when they source. It's presented to us whether it's factual and factual. And it is swayed towards a way that we tend to Lee who we are quick to jump on that so we as. Voters we as Americans have got to do our own job and edit and fact checking but then I think ultimately the government. Actually has a job and a role in this to actually hold. These technology trolleys accountable. To live race missiles and how this sharing information. Ensure that they are allowing real people to share information that we will falling four. The same thing that we felt Cold War. Larry Whiteside cyber security expert thank you so much a really good advice for all of us to take away an aftermath of this report. Headed into the next campaign Larry thank you.

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