After Russia was publicly accused over cyber-attacks against the democratic party organisations in the recent U.S. presidential election. The current president Barack Obama has ordered an entire intelligence agency review.
Accused in October.
Russia was formally accused by the U.S. government of launching cyber-attacks against Democratic Party during the 2016 election, back in October. Following Donald Trump’s election as the new president of the united states on November 8th and his praising of putting and public dismissal of Putin and Russia’s influence or meddling. The matter has now snowballed into a global news story and has become the complete focus of the Democrats’ anger.
Report Before He Leaves Office.
Barack Obama has given the U.S. intelligence agencies a very short time in which to report about this entire matter. He wants the report to be delivered before he formally leaves office on January 20th 2017
This report will not only establish areas of responsibility as well as guilt for particular players in the matter. It is also hoped that the report will teach some lessons about the U.S. election process in the future as well as providing important stakeholders such as congress with a clear and precise picture of what has happened.
According to the Whitehouse spokespeople, this report of which was requested by Obama will not just take into account the most recent activity but will also be based around a review of behaviour patterns dating as far back as the 2008 presidential election.
It has been reported that Barack Obama has warned the Russian President Vladimir Putin about the consequences he could face for initiating a cyber-attack on the U.S. Also publicly quoted saying that the hacking of and leaking of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails leading to the presidential vote were “espionage or propaganda”
Motivators For The Report.
Although the Democrats may be reacting to a dirtier than expected campaign and taking their candidates loss hard, political experts have said that the Democrats lawmakers have recently demanded the declassification of more intelligence on the alleged hackings. They say that this has been a key motivator in the ordering of the report. Some other experts have said that a review and report would help them to determine how much material related to this subject can be made public.
Russian officials are reported to have denied any interference in the U.S. elections and President-elect Trump is reported to have told Time Magazine “I don’t believe they interfered”.
What Does This Mean For Your Business?
What this story should illustrate to businesses is that if secure government systems can be (allegedly) hacked, then it follows that our own business websites, emails, and data storage systems may well be vulnerable to attacks and data breaches if at least basic security measures are not put in place.
Security of your data and systems is now likely to be something that is no longer just responsibility of your IT department, but is something that with the aid of investment, training and raised awareness is the responsibility of all members of your organisation to uphold in their daily work. It is also a good idea to make sure that your business has robust, workable, up-to-date, and well-communicated Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plans in place.