It was recently discovered that a third part analytics firm, Deep Root, had left the GOP’s voting database open to the public. As reported by UpGuard, a security firm, “The data repository, an Amazon Web Services S3 bucket, lacked any protection against access. As such, anyone with an internet connection could have accessed the Republican data operation used to power Donald Trump’s presidential victory, simply by navigating to a six-character Amazon subdomain: “dra-dw.”1 The database contained roughly 25 Terabytes of data about more than half of the US population’s information including personal identifying information such as birth dates, home addresses, and phone numbers as well as other demographic information like ethnicity and religion.
This leak is a wake-up call for companies to ensure that their data is protected. There are several steps an organization can take to ensure their data is protected:
- Password Protect your data. The main problem with the GOP’s database was that it was left unprotected. Make sure you have a strong password and that it is changed regularly.
- Institute two-factor authentication. This adds a layer of security as it is used confirm a user’s claimed identity by utilizing a combination of two different components, generally something you know with something you have (in this case the password with a code sent to your email or phone).
- Have a regular review of your infrastructure. It can often be difficult to do on your own as you may not have all the knowledge and expertise or the bandwidth to conduct a proper evaluation. Do not be afraid to ask an MSP, such as Bryley, to conduct a network assessment and evaluate your infrastructure. They have expertise and breadth of knowledge that will prove valuable and can highlight what you are doing well and areas where you can improve.
If you would like to improve your cybersecurity plan, or to inquire about Bryley’s full array of our Managed Cloud Services and Managed IT Services, please contact us at 844.449.8770 or by email at ITExperts@Bryley.com. We’re here for you.
1 Hatmaker, Taylor. Techcrunch. “Exposed GOP database demonstrates the risks of data-hungry political campaigns.” 19 June 2017.
O’Sullivan, Dan. UpGuard. “The RNC Files: Inside the Largest US Voter Data Leak.” 19 June 2017.