ENISA issues recommendations on EU-wide election cybersecurity
The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), released a paper on the upcoming elections for the European Parliament with EU-wide recommendations for providing cybersecurity of electoral processes. The paper explores malign actors and their motivations, the cyber-threat landscape, and the human factor in online disinformation. For all issues, ENISA suggests twelve recommendations to mitigate the negative effects on the upcoming elections. Including: identifying unusual traffic patterns that could be associated with the spread of disinformation or cyberattacks on election processes; taking down botnets; using back up channels/technologies to validate the results with the count centres; classifying election systems, processes and infrastructures as critical infrastructure; considering introducing national legislation to tackle the challenges associated with online disinformation.