Leaked data has the potential to change the course of elections– especially when it is deliberately stolen, culled and weaponized. In the last U.S. presidential election, stolen data routinely plastered the headlines, forever altering the political landscape and possibly the course of history. There is evidence that hackers-for-hire have targeted current election candidates as well.
For all political parties, the fairness and legitimacy of U.S. elections is a fundamental concern.  In this fast-paced talk, we will delve into the strategies and tactics that hackers have successfully used to break into election-related organizations, using the DNC and the Clinton campaign as case studies. We will discuss the rise of Wikileaks and the megaleaks infrastructure, and show how data exposure evolved into sophisticated information distribution machines. Finally, we will highlight the known 2020 breach attempts, and provide important tips for recognizing and protecting our elections against information warfare. 


Sherri Davidoff, CEO, LMG Security

Sherri is the CEO of LMG Security and author of the recently released book, “Data Breaches.” As a recognized expert in cybersecurity and data breach response, Sherri has been called a “security badass” by The New York Times. Her professional experiences are featured in the book “Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called “Alien.” Sherri is a GIAC-certified forensic examiner (GCFA) and penetration tester (GPEN), receiving her degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.

Mattie Gullixson, Project Manager, Secure the Vote, National Cybersecurity Center

Mattie Gullixson has experience at the state and local government levels, having served supported budget and strategic planning operations in the office of Governor John Hickenlooper, and in the Office of the Mayor of Colorado Springs. Her elections experience includes her work as the Assistant Elections Manager in El Paso County, Colorado with over 400,000 registered voters. Mattie received her BS in Economics from George Mason University, and Masters in International Political Economy of Resources from Colorado School of Mines.