McAfee introduces McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud to help secure State Election Systems; provide cloud based storage services

In an effort to help secure U.S. election systems, McAfee announced on Wednesday that it will offer state election officials in all 50 United States access to a free twelve-month license of McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud.

The McAfee Cloud for Secure Elections Program will help ensure that the cloud-based storage services housing voter and citizen data are properly configured for maximum security and are continuously monitored for internal and external intrusion, and that no citizen or voter data is improperly uploaded to or shared from cloud services.

McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud provides a comprehensive monitoring, auditing and remediation solution for infrastructure-as-a-service environments, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, and software as a service (SaaS) environments, such as Office 365 and Box. State election officials who take advantage of the offer can use McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud to ensure the integrity and security of their voter data throughout the election cycle. For example, they can continuously monitor AWS and Azure storage resources that house voter data to ensure that they have enabled the most stringent security settings possible, and they can monitor Office 365 and Box to ensure that voter data is not housed or shared in SaaS services in violation of security policies.

McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud uses data science and machine learning to automatically build models of typical user behavior in cloud services and identify behavior that may be indicative of a threat. McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud detects anomalous behavior across multiple dimensions including the amount of data uploaded/ downloaded, volume of user action, access count, and frequency across time and cloud services.

McAfee analyzes user access attempts to identify impossible cross-region access, brute-force login attacks, and login attempts from suspicious locations that may indicate that an account was compromised. McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud can identify inappropriate user permissions, dormant accounts, and unwarranted escalation of user privileges and provisioning. Its threat engine can block known malware signatures, sandbox suspicious les, and identify behavior indicative of malware data exfiltration or ransomware activity.

McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud for SaaS environments such as Microsoft Office 365 and Box help State Election Officials to ensure that voter and citizen data is not housed, accessed, or shared outside of policy.

User can also prevent unauthorized regulated data, such as voters’ personally identifiable information (PII) and ballots, from being stored in AWS and Azure storage services.

Users can leverage McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud content analytics engine to discover sensitive data stored in AWS based on keywords and phrases indicative of sensitive or regulated information; pre-defined alpha-numeric patterns with validation like credit card numbers; regular expressions to detect custom alpha-numeric patterns like part numbers; file metadata such as file name, size, and file type; fingerprints of unstructured files with exact and partial or derivative match; fingerprints of structured databases or other structured data files; and keyword dictionaries of industry-specific terms such as stock symbols.

“McAfee believes that Together is Power and is committed to protecting the integrity of the electoral system,” said Ken Kartsen, vice president of public sector sales, McAfee. “We believe the McAfee Cloud for Secure Elections Program will fill a foundational security requirement for cloud by protecting against intrusion from those who aim to tamper with the United States elections.”

“McAfee is committed to putting our cybersecurity expertise to work in the defense of democracy around the world,” added Kartsen.


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